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New VW Golf 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Toyota Corolla-rivalling car is now more expensive

The Golf 7 will be with us for a little bit longer, but the Golf 8 is quickly approaching.

Volkswagen Australia has increased the pricing of its current-generation Golf small car by up to $500.

Specifically, the entry-level Trendline and Comfortline grades have jumped $400, while Highline, GTI and R variants are now $500 dearer.

The Alltrack 132TSI Premium is also now $500 more expensive, but its non-Premium counterpart is the odd one out, up $440 to $36,190 plus on-road costs.

As such, the Golf now ranges in cost from $25,390 for the manual 110TSI Trendline hatch (the sole three-pedal set-up on offer) to $57,490 for the automatic R wagon.

A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the price adjustments were made due to exchange-rate pressures.

Standard specification and options for all Golf variants remain the same as before.

For reference, 110TSI versions are powered by a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, while 132TSI variants upgrade to a 132kW/280Nm 1.8-litre unit. Either way, drive is exclusively sent to the front wheels.

While front-wheel-drive GTI and all-wheel-drive R versions are powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, the former produces 180kW/370Nm, while the latter develops 213kW/380Nm.

As reported, the new-generation Golf will enter local showrooms late this year, with regular and GTI variants expected to launch alongside each other, while flagship R versions are due in early 2021.

2020 Volkswagen Golf 2020 pricing before on-road costs

110TSI Trendline hatchmanual$25,390 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline hatchautomatic$27,390 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline wagonautomatic$28,890 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline hatchautomatic$29,390 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline wagonautomatic$30,890 (+$400)
110TSI Highline hatchautomatic$34,490 (+$500)
110TSI Highline wagonautomatic$35,990 (+$500)
Alltrack 132TSI wagonautomatic$36,190 (+$440)
Alltrack 132TSI Premium wagonautomatic$40,490 (+$500)
GTI hatchautomatic$46,690 (+$500)
R hatchautomatic$55,490 (+$500)
R wagonautomatic$57,490 (+$500)