The Volkswagen Polo R Line 2012 has been recently launched in the UK so what better time than this one to take a look at what the R Line brings to the Polo family. On short, the R Line represents a sportier approach of the Volkswagen Polo, featuring sporty design elements and more equipment.
First thing's first, let's take a look at the engine. Although the exterior of the Polo R might fool you, the R has not received a beefier engine under its bonnet. The unit found in thePolo R is the 1.2 liter turbocharged TSI petrol engine already found on the standard Polo. The engine develops the same amount of 103 HP and can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 9.7 seconds, with a top speed of 118 mph.
The 1.2 engine is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox and can deliver a fuel efficiency of 53.3 miles to the gallon.
Although the new variant is based on the Polo Match trim level, the R differentiates itself from the rest of the pack by featuring sportier looking bumpers, a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, a glossy black front grille, darkened rear side windows, fog-lights with static cornering function and a few R Line badges.
The interior of the new Polo received more attention from the manufacturer and now comes with sports seats, black roof lining, aluminum door scuff plates, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum capped pedals, a six-speaker sound system featuring iPod connectivity, a trip computer, full electric windows for the five-door version and a semi-automatic air conditioning. In addition the R Line also comes with remote central locking.
As far as pricing goes, the Volkswagen Polo R Line 2012 has gone on sale at the price of £15,195 for the 3-door variant; whilst the 5-door version will set you back an additional £620 for a total of £15,815. As a side note the Polo Match costs £11,695 but considering the fact that for the 1.2 liter 103 HP engine you'd have to choose the £15,575 SEL variant, I'd say the Polo R is a pretty good deal.
Availability-wise, the R Line 2012 can be purchased in the UK but deliveries are expected to start later this year in July and in case the new Polo is not your cup of tea, you might want to check out the Seat Ibiza or the Audi A1.