Volkswagen Group Australia has streamlined its Golf range from 19 variants to 12, dropping the entry-level 110TSI hatch and wagon as well as all diesel variants.
Entry into the Golf range now starts at $24,990 plus on-road costs for the 110TSI Trendline manual – the only manual variant in the range – which is $1000 more than the discontinued 110TSI.
The Trendline has been improved however, now sporting standard front and rear parking sensors as well as automatic headlights and wipers.
Due in part to Europe's switch to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), Volkswagen decided to remove diesel power from its Highline hatch and sedan as well as the Alltrack Premium.
The sporty GTI is now unavailable with a manual transmission, meaning that pricing for the hot hatch now starts at $45,490 rather than $41,990.
It is quicker though, with the latest GTI boosted from 169kW/350Nm to 180kW/370Nm, and boasting an upgraded seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a front differential lock, and brakes pinched from the flagship Golf R.
Speaking of the R, it now starts at $56,490 for the hatch and $58,490 for the automatic, which translates to a $500 increase in point-of-entry now that stick-shifters have been axed.
The highest-spec Golf available is the R Special Edition, which is priced at $61,990.
2018 Volkswagen Golf list pricing
|Trendline 110TSI, wagon||--||$28,990|
|Comfortline 110TSI, wagon||--||$31,250|
|Highline 110TSI, wagon||--||$37,490|
|Alltrack 132TSI Premium||--||$39,490|
|R Special Edition||--||$61,990|
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