The Golf R's show without its extra go.

Volkswagen is sprucing up its recently facelifted Golf with a new optional R-Line package tailored to both the hatchback and the wagon. The equipment caters those who are fond of the range-topping R model, but don’t want to pay the premium that comes with the go-faster version and are willing to settle with a lookalike lacking the extra grunt.

Starting with the exterior, the R-Line kit adds slightly sportier front and rear bumpers as well as sill extensions finished in glossy black. A new rear spoiler with aero flaps is exclusive to the package, as is the diffuser at the back flanked by trapezoidal exhaust tips featuring a chrome finish. Rounding off the upgrades on the outside are the compulsory R-Line badges visible on the front fenders and on the grille.

2017 VW Golf facelift
2017 VW Golf facelift

Stepping inside the cabin, the facelifted compact model from Wolfsburg in the R-Line guise has stainless steel door sill panels, pedal caps, and foot rest. The cars come with a black roofline and sport seats that can be optionally covered in leather at an additional cost. Also part of the deal are decorative inlays, a sportier steering wheel (with the R-Line badge), and contrast stitching for the gear shifter and floor mats. An R-Line logo on the display start screen will serve as a reminder that you’re not driving a run-of-the-mill Golf.

2017 VW Golf facelift
2017 VW Golf facelift

The good news is VW is not forcing buyers to buy both the exterior and interior upgrades as customers can get the R-Line treatment just for the body, should they not want to order the full package. The exterior kit costs €1,295 (approx. $1,800 CAD) in Germany for a Golf in the Comfortline trim or €1,105 (approx. $1,550 CAD)for the upper-spec Highline model. For the whole shebang, it’s going to set you back €2,295 (approx. $3,200 CAD) for the lower-spec version and €1,800 (approx. $2,500 CAD) for the more expensive model.

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VW is already taking orders for the R-Line kit and is giving buyers the opportunity to choose from “Singapore” and “Marseille” alloy wheels available in 17- and 18-inch sizes.

Source: VW

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