The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 facelift made its Malaysian launch debut in March this year, where one of the variants available to customers is the R-Line. Priced at RM169,990 on-the-road without insurance, the R-Line is one part of the Golf quartet in Malaysia, with the others being the Sportline, GTI and R.

Like the Sportline, the R-Line features a 1.4 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 150 PS at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. The mill is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission and an XDS extended differential lock, with drive going to the front wheels. The zero to 100 km/h sprint takes 8.2 seconds, while the top speed is 216 km/h.

As befitting its name, there’s a styling package that gives the Golf a sportier appearance similar to the red-blooded R. This includes 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. You also get 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels with 225/45 series tyres plus adaptive LED headlamps.

Inside, there is a 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster, 8.0-inch Composition Media with App-Connect and Vienna leather upholstery, seven airbags, ESC and the Proactive Occupant Protection System. A disclaimer: this unit here retails slightly less at RM166,990 because it is part of an early batch of cars that came with Zoom fabric upholstery (like the Sportline). After this, only the leather-equipped version of the R-Line will be offered.

Join us as we take you on a tour of the Golf R-Line, with this one being finished in a bright Turmeric Yellow paintjob. Do you think it is worth the RM14k premium (or RM11k in this case) from the Sportline? For full specifications of the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line and the rest of the Golf range at

GALLERY: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R-Line Mk7.5