VW Polo R Line launched

27 Apr, 2012 5:34pm Damion Smy

Pricing and specification confirmed for the VW Polo R Line

The racy looking VW Polo R Line supermini has been announced.

Available in both three and five-door body styles, the R Line is based on Match trim, but adds a unique bodykit with unique front and rear bumpers, 16-inch alloy wheels and a gloss-black front grille. The front foglamps on the R have a cornering function added, while privacy glass complements the black detailing and R badging. 

The Polo R Line comes with remote central locking, while inside there are cloth sport seats, a black rooflining and a leather trimmed steering wheel. Aluminium-capped pedals and scuff plates finish the R look inside, where there is also a six-speaker stereo with iPod connectivity, semi-automatic air-conditioning, a trip computer and full electric windows on the five-door version. 

All VW Polo R Lines are powered by the 104bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Performance is identical to the Polo SEL, with a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds and a top of 118mph, while it returns 53.3mpg with 124g/km.

Pricing starts at £15,195 for the three-door and £15,815 for the five-door. The VW Polo R Line is on sale now with deliveries staring in July.

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With a title as bold as "R Line" I was hoping for a step up from the Polo GTi, with a bigger engine and a new body kit. This however feels slightly disappointing, especially considering the available options on Polo's currently. Flat bottomed steering wheel is tasty, however.

I agree with the last guy, would have thought the "R" line would be more sporty. Best to save another 15k and buy an evoque, now that's a real car.

The Polo does 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds (with a manual transmission). The Lexus CT200h did 0-62mph in about 10 seconds, but it is automatic. The CT gets criticised for its performance while any other number of models in the VW and even Mercedes range run about the same time and win commendable comment. I have read that 0-62 mph in about 10 seconds is "spirited" performance by one of the Europeans, but the same figure makes the CT a "slug". Are the road testers looking at the stopwatch or the country of origin to determine what's good and what's not?

they're looking at who's paying them to advertise they're latest marketing gimic

This is a mistake by Auto Express. A Polo R is a flagship model , above a GTI. The Polo R is 4WD and higher power than the GTI, about 210bhp. Will be the same as the Audi S1.
The R line is a different car to the R. The two have been interchanged in the article causing confusion.
R= performance car.... R line = trim specification.
A clear example of this is the VW sciocco R line which is £26k and the VW scirocco R which is £30k.
The R line can have a diesel engine choice for example. It's just trim level option.

This is what the range needed from the start, but they've priced it wrong IMO. The RRP for an Audi A1 1.2 TFSi Sport is £15,260 - so this is only £65 cheaper and it has quite a lot less equipment.

VW website says its built on Match trim not SEL.
Doesn't look like R-Line has an alarm.

The VW website, and other press releases, do indeed say the R line is based on Match trim, but the downloadable price list suggests the equipment level is over and above the SEL (though the tsi SEL is more expensive...)
As far as the A1 comparison goes, I don't really know a lot about the equipment of the Audi, but of course the Polo has the more powerful 1051.2tsi engine and 6 speed 'box, whereas the Audi has the 86ps 5 speed version, which I personally found a bit flat.


When (if ever) are VW going to plug the gap between the 105hp 1.2 TSI and the 180hp 1.6 GTI? I'm looking for something like the 1.4 TSI with manual transmission and 140hp. Then I'll really consider a Polo to replace my ageing Golf.

Perhaps VAG could start by sorting their FSI engine disasters first?

We have just purchased a new Polo 1.4 match in white. We speced it up to include the cornering lights multi function steering wheel cruise control and reversing sensors electric heated seats head lamp washers heated windscreen washers. The salesman said he was not aware of a polo ever being so highly speced. The only thing we didn't go for was the body kit.

I really hope your very happy with your new Polo.....

Unfortunately many of those options you listed would be standard on other manufacturers cars in this class? How VW has a reputation as a "premium" range and gets away without standard features like a leather wheel with radio controls is beyond me!

I must admit I like the look of the Polo, but having being bitten by a bad experience with a VAG car I couldn't go back to them. 15k is a lot of money for a mid-range 1.2 is a bit pricey, especially when other manufacturers charge that for a top of the range car and better built/more reliable.

High price + no content + Big problems + high depreciation = all German automobiles.

That's the power of German engineering.