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AT A GLANCE
Powertrain: Front-driven 1.4-litre
direct injected and turbocharged
four cylinder petrol engine with
BlueMotion technology. Seven-
speed DSG twin-clutch automatic
Outputs: 103kW at 4500rpm,
250Nm at 1500-3500rpm,
5.0L/100km, 116gm/km CO2.
‘composition media’ CD audio
system with 5.8 -inch colour
touchscreen. Satellite navigation.
Bluetooth including handsfree
phone, audio streaming.
Safety: Front, side, knee and
curtain airbags. ABS brakes with
brake assist. Electronic stability
programme. Park Pilot parking
sensors front and rear with kerb
view on passenger side exterior
mirror, rear-view camera. Five-star
Euro NCAP crash rating.
Dimensions: L 4255mm, W
1790mm, H 1452mm, W/base
Hot: R-Line treatment adds
character to the Golf range.
Not: R-Line treatment adds to the
Verdict: Given that about 70 per
cent of Golf buyers opt for the
higher-specified Highline models
anyway, the R-Line treatment
should provde successful. Maybe
Volkswagen NZ will do the same
with the top diesel model?
Slightly lower ride height, special 18-inch alloy wheels and other exterior add-ons help give the Golf R-Line a slightly more
It’s not that easy to spot the Golf
Thanks to the sports
suspension the car sits slightly
lower than a standard Golf, and
exterior styling cues include
18-inch alloy wheels, privacy
glass, R-Line bumpers and sill
extensions, a body-coloured rear
spoiler, and a radiator grille that
carries an R-Line logo.
On the inside the car gets the
sports front seats that have
different fabric to the standard
models, stainless steel pedals and
scuff plates, a leather-wrapped
multi-function steering wheel
with the R-Line logo, and black
inserts on the dashboard and door
Overall effect of all of this is a
Golf that is just a little bit
different from standard fare, to
the extent it looks more similar to
the punchy Golf GTI performance
This seventh-generation VW
hatch is a good-looking car
anyway, and the R-Line treatment
makes it look better still.
The latest-generation Golf is
the biggest yet, with an overall
length extended by 56mm and
with a wheelbase that is up 59mm.
It’s an attractive vehicle that
carries through plenty of Golf
design cues, but which looks a lot
Naturally the bigger exterior
dimensions translate to more
room inside, and this is
particularly the case for those in
the back seats, where there is
good leg, shoulder and elbow
room, and in the cargo area where
the capacity has grown by 30
litres to 380 litres with all seats in
use. This can be increased to 1270
litres with the rear seats folded
down, and a special design feature
is what can be done with the
tonneau cover. Usually these rigid
covers have to be removed from a
car entirely when larger items
need to be stowed, and there’s
always the risk they will then
become lost or misplaced.
But in the case of this Golf, the
cover can either be stored under
the load area’s floor when the rear
seats are in use, or slipped into
special slots that allow it to be
part of the load area itself by
helping provide a flat load surface
when the rear seats are folded
The hatch is built on
Volkswagen Group’s modular
vehicle platform called MQB,
which involves all of the group’s
having common engine mounts.
Golf was the first vehicle to be
built this way, and now several
other VW, Audi and Skoda models
have joined the MQB lineup.
Up until now, Volkswagen NZ
offered R-Line versions of the
current Tiguan 4WD and Passat
models, and the Golf version has
been introduced along with a
2WD version of the Tiguan. In
May an R-Line version of the
Touareg will be introduced,
followed by a new Passat later in
It’s a successful recipe for
attracting those seeking product
that is just a little bit different.
Considering that Golf is one of the
world’s most popular cars
anyway, the R-Line treatment
should be well received.
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