Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) recently launched the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 facelift in March, which is available in a number of variants including two 1.4 TSI options (Sportline and R-Line), GTI and R. You’ve already seen three out of the four being offered, so here’s a full gallery of the 1.4 TSI R-Line.

Like the Sportline, a 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the R-Line, providing 150 PS at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission along with an XDS extended differential lock.

In terms of performance, the Golf 1.4 TSI will complete the zero to 100 km/h sprint in just 8.2 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 216 km/h. It also offers a fuel economy of 5.4 litres per 100 km following the NEDC.

As for equipment, there’s a R-Line styling package that brings the standard Golf closer to the range-topping R in terms of looks. Items include dedicated front and rear bumpers, radiator grille with chrome strip, R-Line badges, a rear spoiler, a sports rear diffuser and twin trapezoidal chrome exhaust trim.

Also part of the get-up is a set of 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels with 225/45 series tyres plus adaptive LED headlamps – an upgrade from the base Sportline’s halogen units.

Moving inside, you’ll find a 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster, 8.0-inch Composition Media infotainment system with App-Connect (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink) and Vienna leather upholstery with integrated R-Line logos on the front seat backrests.

Safety kit includes seven airbags, ESC and the Proactive Occupant Protection System, which made its debut in the latest Polo. The system uses sensors to detect situations in which an accident is likely to occur and prepares the vehicle and its occupants for an impending collision, for example by automatically tensioning the safety belts as well as closing the side windows.

The Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line is priced at RM169,990 on-the-road without insurance, but the unit seen here retails at RM166,990. Why? If you’ll notice, it comes with the same Zoom fabric upholstery as the Sportline, but we’ve been told that this is only for an early batch of cars. From then on, only the leather-equipped version of the 1.4 TSI R-Line will be offered.

All Golfs are covered by a VPCM package that includes a five-year factory warranty with five years of free roadside assistance as well as three years/45,000 km free service. Check out full specifications of the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line and the rest of the Golf range at CarBase.my.