German automakers display something of a fetish when it comes to turning ordinary vehicles into performance models. Mercedes-Benz does it with its AMG line, BMW with its M range, Audi has its S and RS models... even Volkswagen has its R brand. Formidable vehicles all, but not everyone is willing to pony up the big bucks to get their hands on one and all that entails. So, each automaker also offers a line of accessories that give their stock models most of the visual attitude without the mechanical fortitude to back it up – or the sticker price that goes along with it.

The latest such cosmetic upgrade comes from Volkswagen and its R GmbH division, which have given the Polo a bit of a makeover. The Polo R Line benefits from sportier bumpers front and rear, side sills, a gloss-black grille, tinted windows, upgraded fog lights and an interior with sports buckets, leather-wrapped three-spoke wheel, aluminum pedals and black headliner. Of course, the requisite R badges appear throughout so buyers can at least pretend they got the performance model when all they're packing is a 1.2-liter four with 105 metric horsepower that'll take nearly ten seconds to get them up to 62 from a standstill.

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POLO R LINE: ADDING MORE STYLE TO THE SUBSTANCE

Volkswagen is adding even more style to its popular supermini, with the launch of the Polo R Line, which builds on the impressive specification of the Polo Match with unique styling touches inside and out.

On the outside, the R Line is distinguished by a unique styling pack. This consists of deeper, sportier R Line front and rear bumpers, a black gloss radiator grille with R Line badging, deeper side sills and 16-inch 'Mallory' alloy wheels. From the B-pillars back, the glass is dark-tinted and 65 per cent light-absorbing, while the standard front foglights also include a static cornering function.

Step past the brushed aluminium scuff plates with R Line logos, and inside there are sports seats with 'Kyalami' cloth upholstery and an R Line logo on the headrests, along with a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with R Line logo and aluminium-capped pedals, while the roof lining is finished in black cloth.

Standard equipment is comprehensive, including an RCD 310 radio/CD player with six speakers and multi-device interface, for plugging in an iPod or other compatible device, 'Climatic' semi-automatic air conditioning, a multifunction trip computer, electric windows (including in the rear on five-door models), height-adjustable front seats, a split-folding rear-seat backrest, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, front and rear reading lights, a tyre pressure monitor and, of course, remote central locking.

The R Line is available with just one engine, the existing 1.2-litre 105 PS TSI petrol unit, with a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine propels the Polo R Line from zero to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 118 mph. Fuel consumption is 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2emissions are 124 g/km.

Prices start at £15,195 on the road for the three-door model, rising to £15,815 for the five-door. The Polo R Line is available to order at Volkswagen Retailers now, with first deliveries expected in July.


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      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      best looking small VW i have ever seen. i know this is smaller than the golf, is it sized like the original golf/GTI?
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fonin
        it drives formidable too
        vc-10
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fonin
        About the same size as the Mk.1 Golf, yes.
        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fonin
        It's about 9/10 inches longer, in between the Golf MkI and the MkVI.
      Tuga
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 105hp TSi engine is actually the sweet spot in the Polo range. It has plenty of power, is economical, smooth ( unlike the 105hp TDi ) and is available with a manual ( unlike the GTi ).
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      German rice?
      yyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the Polo coming to the US?
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yyz
        Possibly next generation -- same answer as its platform brother, the Audi A1.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, something strange is afoot -- or actually, not for a left foot -- in this story. The news release says that the car is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, but the photos for the car only show two pedals, and one of them is the large brake pedal used with an automatic. So which element is wrong? The interior picture or the news release?