German automakers have an obsession with making their ordinary car models into blistering, tarmac shredding performance models. Mercedes Benz has their AMG line-up, BMW has its M vehicles, Audi does it with their RS models and Volkswagen has its R brand. With more powerful engines and exclusive styling, these models are considered to be formidable vehicles.
Volkswagen has added another one of its model to the R line-up and it’s the Polo. If you think that the car is going to be a future pocket rocket model or somewhat fast like its R siblings, then stop conjuring up those thoughts because the Polo is only getting some cosmetics upgrades.
Exteriorly, the car is distinguished by a unique styling package. The front bumper are definitely sportier, with horizontal black-finished lines that extends to a similarly coloured rectangular space where the fog light sits. The centre radiator grille is finished in black gloss and situated on the left (if you were to look at it from the front) is the R Line badge.
At the rear, the car gets little changes. The bottom part of the rear bumper is replaced with a black plastic-looking piece, to give it a more sporty appearance and a roof spoiler sits at the top of the car (looks similar to the one on the Polo GTI). The wheels gets an upgrade too; there are replaced with 16 inch Mallory alloy wheels. Backwards from the B-pillars, the window glass is dark tinted and 65 percent light absorbing.
In the interior department; as you open the door of the car, you would notice the polished aluminium scuff plates with the R Line logos on the door sill. The R Line logos are stitched on the front seats headrests and the seats are upholstered in “Kyalami” fabric. More R Line badges are placed on the three-spoke, leather trimmed steering wheel and the pedals are of the same material and finishing as the scuff plates.
The car gets the usual standard equipment such as a six speaker audio system with IPod and other devices plugging capabilities, climatic air-conditioning, split-folding rear seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, front and rear reading lights, tyre pressure monitor and remote central locking.
As mentioned above, the Polo R Line only gets cosmetic upgrades and the only engine option is the 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine that generates 105bhp which takes roughly around ten seconds to complete the century sprint. Although it may not offer tarmac shredding performance but at least, the Polo R Line looks the part.
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