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by Matt Campbell

Volkswagen R-Line versions of the Golf Wagon and Tiguan compact SUV are now available, bringing the total number of sportily styled variants to five.

As CarAdvice has previously reported, the move to add more R-Line packages is a conscious one to offer consumers “tougher looking” cars with more equipment. However, rather than offering dedicated R-Line models across a variety of cars, only the newly-added Tiguan 155TSI R-Line and existing Touareg V8 TDI R-Line are dedicated sports models, with all other examples coming as added cost options.

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Despite the flagship model of the Tiguan range now coming in R-Line trim as standard, buyers of the more affordable 132TSI and 130TDI variants can option an R-Line package, which includes the majority of the kit seen on the 155TSI. That means an exterior styling kit with new front and rear bumpers, 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, an R-Line steering wheel with paddleshifters and front door sill protectors.

Changes that don’t flow down from 155TSI to 132TSI and 130TDI models include leather trim (alcantara/cloth trim is fitted instead) and adaptive chassis control, with the more affordable versions instead receiving lowered sports suspension.

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The dearest model in the Volkswagen Australia range – the V8 Touareg TDI R-Line – gets no changes. It retains the same body styling changes with new front and rear bumpers, rear matte black diffuser, oval tailpipes, rooftop spoiler, dark tinted rear glass and 21-inch ‘Mallory’ wheels. Inside, the Touareg R-Line has a heated steering wheel with paddleshifters, stainless steel pedals and sill protectors, and a leather gear-knob with aluminium inserts.

Aside from the styling changes, the V8 Touareg TDI R-Line packs plenty of standard gear for its $114,990 asking price, including quad-zone climate control, side mirrors with memory function, electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings for both driver and passenger and keyless entry. Safety items as standard include radar cruise control, city emergency braking, lane-change assist, hill descent control, pre-crash seatbelt tensioners and nine airbags (dual front, front side, rear side, curtains and driver’s knee).

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The R-Line packages offered on Highline 110TDI and 103TSI versions of the Golf hatch and Golf Wagon and the 118TSI Beetle offer a range of styling enhancements inside and out.

The Golf and Golf Wagon versions include 18-inch ‘Salvador’ alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, an R-Line bodykit with revised front and rear bumpers, side skirts and rear spoiler, an R-Line steering wheel with paddleshifters and R-Line interior trim with sports seats and stainless steel pedals.

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Golf and Golf Wagon R-Line variants also receive “progressive steering”, which VW says offers “a noticeably more direct and agile steering response in dynamic driving situations”.

The Beetle is the only Volkswagen model to be offered with a manual transmission and R-Line option pack, though the kit is also available on the DSG version. It sports unique front and rear bumpers, 18-inch ‘Twister’ alloy wheels and R-Line badges, while inside there are a range of additions, such as sports instruments (including boost pressure, oil temperature and stopwatch), while paddleshifters are also added to the DSG model.

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Volkswagen R-Line models – pricing (plus on-road costs):

Golf 103TSI Highline with R-Line package (DSG) – $34,490
Golf 110TDI Highline with R-Line package (DSG) – $36,990

Golf Wagon 103TSI Highline with R-Line package (DSG) – $36,040
Golf Wagon 110TDI Highline with R-Line package (DSG) – $38,540

Beetle 118TSI with R-Line package (man) – $32,290
Beetle 118TSI with R-Line package (DSG) – $34,790

Tiguan 132TSI with R-Line package (DSG) – $39,490
Tiguan 130TDI with R-Line package (DSG) – $42,490
Tiguan 155TSI R-Line (DSG) $44,990

Touareg V8 TDI R-Line (Auto) $114,990