2012 Vw Polo R-Line introduced in the UK

Article by Christian A., on April 30, 2012

Volkswagen has launched the Polo R Line, making the trendy supermini even more stylish. The automaker built on the specifications of the Polo Match and put in distinctive styling elements on its interior and exterior. The R Line received a unique styling pack, which includes deeper, sportier R Line front and rear bumpers, a black gloss radiator grille with R Line badging, deeper side sills and a set of 16-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels.

Dark-tinted glass is used from the B-pillars back. This glass is also 65% light-absorbing. The standard front foglights come with a static cornering function. Before you could get inside, you will see the brushed aluminum scuff plates with R Line logos. The R Line uses sports seats with ‘Kyalami’ cloth upholstery and an R Line logo is prominent on the headrests.

The highlights also include a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with R Line logo and aluminum-capped pedals. Meanwhile, the roof lining is finished in black cloth. Buyers would be amazed at its long list of standard equipment such as: an RCD 310 radio/CD player with six speakers and multi-device interface, which could be used for plugging in an iPod or other compatible device, height-adjustable front seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, a multifunction trip computer, electric windows (the rear of five-door models also use these), a split-folding rear-seat backrest, front and rear reading lights, a tyre pressure monitor, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, and remote central locking.

The R Line is offered with only one engine – the current 1.2-litre 105 PS TSI petrol unit mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This enables the Polo R Line to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 118 mph

Its fuel consumption rating is at 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and it has 124 g/km in CO2 emissions. The three-door model is priced at £15,195 while the five-door is priced at £15,815. If you’re interested, you can now go to any Volkswagen retailer to order the Polo R Line. Deliveries will start in July.

Displaying a unique design that is expected to be the face of Volkswagen, the Polo is both impressive and focused. In coming up with this new model, Walter de Silva utilized the "La Semplicità" principle.

Translated as "the simplicity," it does not mean that the features are less. Instead, they are exactly what you would expect it to be given the phrase. Walter de Silva himself explained himself that the style and guide of the new Polo were driven by dynamics, athleticism, emotionality, and of course, elegance. To be able to have clarity and simplicity, he adds, it was important to take into account what the designers intended as well as what should be displayed to observers.

As such, it was important that the new model would be able to show what the brand really is, the values it fosters, and its long history. Talking about the new model even further, de Silva shares that when it comes to Volkswagen, there are unique design elements that have evolved.

It all starts with getting a good balance of the proportions and having mastery of the architecture, he continues. He says further that this is why the focus has been on the horizontal lines which have grown to become the unifying characteristics on all the brand’s models. Further, de Silva relates, literal love for the details has been the basic way of expression.

This is the reason why when looking at how the surfaces have been treated and the precision on the lines of the car, there is that obvious high level when it comes to quality. All of these design principles can be seen in the new Polo.

Indeed, the design of this new model is characterized by the precise and sharp lines and none of the style gimmickry that other models have. For the latter in particular, it may initially attract attention but will likely fade in the near future.

For Volkswagen, the “less is more” philosophy is sustainable especially in the long run and proof of this are the constant high resale values of the brand’s many models. Compared to the previous model, the new Polo is longer by 54 mm, at 3,970 mm.

Width has been increased as well and is now at 1,682 mm, an addition of 32 mm. Height though has been reduced by 12 mm and now stands at 1,453 mm. Still, lowering the height and increasing the width meant that the Polo would have a look that shows more purpose with the stance being more dynamic.

The dimensions show that five people can sit inside in comfort. Storing luggage is also not an issue as the compartment can store from a minimum of 280 liters to a maximum of 952 liters.

Topics: vw, vw polo, r-line, uk

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