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By Ketan Patel

Volkswagen Polo R Line 2012 Review

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.

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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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