Volkswagen Australia has announced pricing for its 2019 Golf GTI, which arrives in October with a bump in power and equipment, for just $1000 over the out-going model.
Priced at $45,490, the new Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine will come with the same 180kW/370Nm output as the sold-out Performance 1 special edition - an increase of 11kW/20Nm over the previous entry-level GTI.
For the first time a manual gearbox will not be offered with the 2019 GTI coming standard with a seven-speed (wet clutch) 'DSG' dual-clutch auto, along with an electro-mechanical locking differential and the front and rear brake package from the Golf R.
For the first time a manual gearbox will not be offered with the 2019 GTI. (image credit: Richard Berry)
Despite the increase in grunt the 2019 Golf GTI is still lagging in the power stakes behind the manual-only (for now) Hyundai i30N with its 202kW/353Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol.
Only the Golf R trumps the GTI for performance in the Golf line-up with a 213kW/380Nm turbo four and all-wheel drive. While you can also expect a 2019 Golf R version to arrive further down the track, the current 2018 model is now available with drive-away pricing starting from $48,490.
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