The 2017 Golf lineup got its mid-life cycle facelift at the end of 2016, with all models presented in the updated form – but it seems Volkswagen “forgot” to also introduce the new R-Line.
Volkswagen has decided to treat the newly upgraded Golf to a new optional R-Line package – which is like having the GTI/R without any of the power upgrades. The pack is usable on both the hatchback and the wagon, and essentially caters to users who like the visual upgrades seen on the hardcore models but don’t want to pay the entire associated premium. The R-Line kit brings redesigned front and back bumpers, as well as sill extensions in glossy black and a new, exclusive rear spoiler with aero flaps or a diffuser at the back flanked by trapezoidal exhaust tips with chrome finish.
Moving inside, the facelifted compact gets stainless steel door sill panels, pedal caps, and foot rest, a black roofline and sport seats that get optional coverage in leather – but there are also decorative inlays, a sportier steering wheel (with the R-Line badge), and contrast stitching for the gear shifter and floor mats. Volkswagen is also spreading the cost – owners can specify just the exterior treatment, costing in Germany €1,295 or €1,105 for the Comfortline / Highline models. The full package is €2,295 for the entry-level specification and €1,800 for the Highline and also comes with its new alloy options – “Singapore” and “Marseille” in 17- and 18-inch sizes.