If you’re on the look for a new, sportier Golf wagon or Tiguan, the newly released R-Line range might be just what you’re looking for.
Already available on the Golf Hatch and Beetle and as the top-of-the-range Touareg, VW have extended their R-Line range to cover the Golf wagon and the Tiguan compact SUV.
So what makes the R-Line range stand out from the others? Visually, there’s a new look with a sporty body kit that comes as standard with each of the new R-line models but, more importantly, each of new R-Line model has a unique mechanical specification.
In the case of the newest arrivals, Volkswagen has upgraded the flagship Tiguan 155TSI to become an exclusive R-Line model, much like the 4.2-litre turbo diesel V8-powered Touareg, by fitting adaptive suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather sports seats and steering wheel shift paddles for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The R-Line package can also be added onto the 130TDI and 132TSI Tiguan models which features the same exterior styling but doesn’t include the electronic dampers, sports seats and paddle shifters. In their place, you’ll receive lowered sports-tuned suspension and Alcantara trimmed comfort seats. The entry level 103TSI Tiguan does not have the option of adding the R-Line styling.
The Golf Wagon receives the same R-Line features already available for on the Golf Hatch. Available only on the 103TSI and 110TDI Highline models, the package includes a body kit, 18-inch alloys, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, heavier bolstered front seats and progressive steering, which it says offers “noticeably more direct and agile steering response in dynamic situations.”
At this point in time, VW doesn’t appear to have any plans to extend the R-line range in Australia to include Polo or the Amarok however this may change, with release of a R-Line option available for European Polos.