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Volkswagen Golf R 2017 wagon and Wolfsburg Edition pricing and spec confirmed

Sold in limited numbers two years ago, the Golf R wagon will return permanently to VW's Australian line-up from January 2018.

Volkswagen Australia has released pricing and specification details for its forthcoming Golf R wagon and Wolfsburg Edition variants, with the load-lugger to kick off from $57,490 before on-road costs when it goes on sale in January next year as a permanent fixture in the local range.

Meanwhile, the Wolfsburg Edition starts at $57,990 for the hatch, and $59,990 for the wagon. This pair will roll into showrooms in late-August, and be restricted to 300 units per body style.

These announcements follow those earlier this month, which confirmed that the standard Golf R hatch line-up – on sale in mid-August alongside the GTI – will be sold from $52,990 for the six-speed manual gearbox, and $55,490 for the seven-speed 'DSG' dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Equipment levels for the 'DSG'-only Golf R wagon mirror that of its $2000-cheaper hatch counterpart; which includes a 9.2-inch 'Discover Pro' multimedia system with voice and gesture control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, satellite navigation, 12.3-inch 'Active Info Display' digital instrument cluster, keyless access and start, 'Vienna' leather-appointed upholstery, heated front seats, electric driver's seat with memory function, dual-zone climate control, LED interior ambient lighting and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Externally, the Golf R range offers 19-inch 'Spielberg' alloy wheels, power folding side mirrors with memory function, dark tinted rear and rear-side windows, dynamic LED headlights, LED tail-lights with progressive indicators, front fog lights and chrome roof rails (wagon only).

Standard safety and driver assistance systems extend to seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, auto emergency braking (AEB), multi-collision brake and driver fatigue detection.

All variants in the Golf R line-up are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which now produces 213kW of power and 380Nm of torque.

An optional 'Driver Assistance' package costs $1300, and offers adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistant, rear traffic alert, and high-beam assist. A panoramic sunroof can be added for $1900.

Alternatively, paying an extra $2500 for the Wolfsburg Edition over the regular car will net buyers grey metallic 19-inch 'Pretoria' rims, carbon-fibre side mirror housings, 'Carbon' Nappa leather-appointed upholstery and Dynaudio 400W premium sound system, as well as the inclusions from the aforementioned 'Driver Assistance' package.

Additionally, paint colour choices are limited to three – either 'Oryx White Pearl', 'Lapiz Blue Metallic' or 'Deep Black Pearl Effect' – but attract no extra cost. As such, a panoramic sunroof is the only option for the limited-run duo.

All variants in the Golf R line-up are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which now produces 213kW (+7kW) of power and 380Nm of torque. The German carmaker's '4Motion' all-wheel drive system helps put power down to the ground.

The non-performance Golf '7.5' range is set to arrive Down Under in July, while the GTI and R versions will start rolling in from August.

Has Volkswagen packed enough value into the Golf R Wolfsburg Edition to justify the extra cost? Tell us what you think in the comments below.