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New Volkswagen Golf 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Mazda 3 rival now costs more to buy

The Golf has copped its second price rise in five months.

For the second time in five months, Volkswagen has increased the pricing of its seventh-generation Golf small car by up to $500.

The entry-level Trendline and Comfortline grades now charge $400 more, while the cost of the Highline, GTI and R variants have increased by $500.

Meanwhile, the Alltrack 132TSI Premium is also now $500 dearer, while its non-Premium counterpart is up $400. For reference, February’s price rises were almost identical.

The Golf now starts at $25,790 for the manual 110TSI Trendline hatch to $57,990 for the automatic R wagon (see full pricing table below).

A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the prices were adjusted due to exchange-rate and inflationary pressures, with standard specification and options for all versions of the Golf remaining the same as before.

As a refresher, front-wheel-drive 110TSI variants are powered by a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, while all-wheel-drive 132TSI versions upgrade to a 132kW/280Nm 1.8-litre unit.

Meanwhile, front-wheel-drive GTI and all-wheel-drive R variants are motivated by the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, with the former producing 180kW/370Nm, while the latter develops 213kW/380Nm.

Only the aforementioned 110TSI Trendline hatch is available with a (six-speed) manual transmission, with all other Golfs using a six- or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit.

As reported, the eighth-generation Golf will enter local showrooms early next year, with regular and GTI versions expected to launch alongside one another, while flagship R variants should follow shortly afterwards.

2020 Volkswagen Golf 2020 pricing before on-road costs

110TSI Trendline hatchmanual$25,790 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline hatchautomatic$27,790 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline wagonautomatic$29,290 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline hatchautomatic$29,790 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline wagonautomatic$31,290 (+$400)
110TSI Highline hatchautomatic$34,990 (+$500)
110TSI Highline wagonautomatic$36,490 (+$500)
Alltrack 132TSI wagonautomatic$36,590 (+$400)
Alltrack 132TSI Premium wagonautomatic$40,990 (+$500)
GTI hatchautomatic$47,190 (+$500)
R hatchautomatic$55,990 (+$500)
R wagonautomatic$57,990 (+$500)