Order books are now open for the stylish Golf R-Line, ahead of first deliveries in March. Prices start from £24,190, rising to £26,765 for the range-topping 150PS TDI DSG version. DriveWrite can vouch for the R-Line specification having just said goodbye to an excellent VW CC R-Line and hello to a Volkswagen Tiguan similarly equipped.
The R-Line specification sits above the GT model which includes Discover Navigation, sports suspension (lowered by approximately 10mm) and PreCrash preventive occupant protection as standard equipment. The R-Line trim also adds sporty design cues for an extra £995.
Styling features include R-Line rear spoiler, side skirts and radiator grille and bespoke air intakes. Also featured are R-Line front bumpers and fog lights, R-Line rear bumper and diffuser, and 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels.
In keeping with the sporty theme, the interior receives stainless steel pedals and front door sills, black lead grey inlays and door trims, Sports Race design front seats with R-Line logo, black roof-lining, leather gear knob and gear lever gaiter and R-Line leather multifunction sports steering wheel.
Two engines are available: one petrol and one diesel. The petrol option is Volkswagen’s 1.4L TSI engine with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the four cylinders for enhanced economy and returns up to 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
Delivering 150PS between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm, the four-cylinder engine is twinned to a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed DSG. It will reach 62 mph from a standing start in 8.2 seconds and has a top speed of 134 mph. The diesel alternative is the popular 2.0L TDI with 150PS which can return up to 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO² emissions ranging from 106 to 119 g/km. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, with a six-speed DSG also available.
Prices for the Volkswagen Golf hatchback range start at £17,175 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level 1.2L TSI petrol model and you can find out more about all this here.