The Volkswagen Polo R Line was revealed earlier in the year but there was always some doubt whether or not it was going to make it to the United Kingdom. Wonder no more as Volkswagen have confirmed that the R Line is being added to the UK Polo lineup.
Essentially a Polo Match with a series of styling upgrades, the R Line has more than a hint of Polo GTI about it. The front features a deeper front bumper and R Line logo on the gloss black grille, deeper side sills and a set of 16-inch ‘Mallory’ wheels. The rear windows receive a nice, dark tint , while the front fog lights are upgraded with a new static cornering function.
Open the door and the first thing you’ll see are the brushed aluminium scuff plates with R Line logos. The seats feature more side support and are covered in ‘Kyalami’ cloth with R Line logos stitched into the headrests. The R Line logo also appears on the leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, the pedals are covered in aluminium caps, and the roof lining is switched to black cloth. It’s another classy interior from Volkswagen.
The Match specification brings with it some nice features including six-speaker stereo with multi-device interface, air conditioning, multifunction trip computer, electric windows (all around on five-door models) and electrically operated and heated door mirrors, to name but a few.
If you think you can have one of the sporty engines to go with the sport looks, then think again. Unlike the European market version there is only one engine choice for the Polo R Line, the 1.2-litre 105 PS TSI petrol with six-speed manual gearbox. Performance might not be electrifying (0-62 mph in 9.7 seconds, top speed of 118 mph) but the TSI is a smooth engine with enough mid-range punch to propel the Polo along at a reasonable pace. It’s also rated at 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km.
So how much does the Polo R Line cost? Prices start at £15,195 on the road for the three-door model or £15,815 for the five-door. You can order one now with deliveries expect in July.