UPDATE - Volkswagen has confirmed a new Golf GTI starting price $37,990, with the new three-door GTI Original introduced in November 2017.
The so-called Mk7.5 range will get driveaway pricing deals on all Golf hatchback, wagon and Alltrack versions, except R and GTI high-performance heroes though the hot hatches are expected to be joined by a couple of lesser-equipped variants to bring entry-level pricing down.
VW has deleted the entry-level 92TSI variant for the new Golf 7.5 range, and applied a starting price of $23,990 to the manual 110TSI hatch, which becomes the new Golf base model.
That means the new entry-level Golf with driveaway pricing effectively undercuts the previous base model, but offers more power. The old 92TSI had a $22,840 asking price before on-road costs and was equipped with a less powerful version of the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine.
Depending on the state in which a car is sold, driveaway pricing absorbs state, government and dealer delivery fees that typically total in the region of $2000.
The lightly facelifted Golf range also sweetens the deal with alloy wheels and autonomous emergency braking thrown into all variants, including the entry-level vehicles.
The most affordable Wagon is now on offer from $29,990 with the company’s seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission as standard, which compares to the $28,340 before on-roads price of the previous entry wagon. The same hatch upgrade to 110TSI engine from the 92TSI is also applied to the boot-boosted entry variant.
For the go-anywhere Alltrack range, pricing now starts at $35,990 for the 132TSI with six-speed DSG auto. That compares to the $38,340 that Volkswagen was asking for the previous lone variant. The Alltrack 7.5 range has now expanded to three versions including two equipment grades of the petrol and a diesel which shares the higher specification.
Hot-hatch lovers will be pleased to know Australia’s Golf Performance range has swelled to 11 different models, with that number likely to expand again in early 2018 with Volkswagen Australia seriously considering the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. A five-door GTI Performance hatchback is also tipped to arrive some time next year.
In the mean time you can select from the traditional Golf GTI and R variants starting at $37,490 and $47,990 respectively with stripped down variants called the Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid.
Similar to BMW’s range of ‘Pure’ M cars, the Original and Grid feature a lower specification to justify the price cut.
To that end the three-door GTI Original (above) is available in red or white only with the sole option of a Driver's Assistance pack at $1600.
The Golf R Grid Edition is unique to Australia and retains the 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, and seven-speed dual-clutch auto of its more expensive R variants. It keeps costs down with distinguishing features include 'Race' sports cloth and Alcantara combination upholstery in place of leather, and black door mirrors.
Golf 7.5 Hatchback
110TSI manual - $23,990
110TSI auto - $26,490
110TSI Trendline manual $25,490
110TSI Trendlilne auto - $27,990
110TSI Comfortline auto - $29,990
110TSI Highline auto - $35,990
110TDI Highline auto - $38,490
Golf 7.5 Wagon
110TSI Trendline auto - $29,990
110TSI Comfortline auto - $31,990
110TSI Highline auto - $37,990
110TDI Highline auto - $40,490
Golf 7.5 Alltrack
132TSI auto - $35,990
132TSI Premium auto - $39,990
135TDI Premium auto - $42,490
Golf 7.5 Performance range
Golf GTI Original manual $37,490
Golf GTI Original DSG $39,990
Golf GTI manual $41,490
Golf GTI DSG - $43,990
Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 DSG $47,990
Golf R Grid manual $47,490
Golf R Grid DSG $49,990
Golf R manual $52,990
Golf R DSG $55,490
Golf R wagon $57,490
Golf R DSG Wolfsburg $57,990
Golf R wagon Wolfsburg $59,990