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Volkswagen has released updated 2017 model-year pricing and specifications for its passenger car range, bringing varied price rises depending on model and variant.

At the entry point of the German brand’s range is the Polo hatch, which now starts at $17,190 plus on-road costs (ORC) for the 66TSI Trendline equipped with the five-speed manual transmission. All 2017 Polos see a $200 increase over their respective 2016 counterparts, with no equipment changes.

Stepping up to the popular Golf hatch will now set you back $22,840 plus on-road costs for the base 92TSI manual, a $400 increase over last year’s model. The same increase applies for the rest of the regular 2017 Golf range, including the tougher Golf Alltrack wagon. Added features for the new model year include a new frameless rear-view mirror, along with a new dual-zone climate control unit with air cleaning and allergen filter.

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Above: Volkswagen Golf GTI

The hotter Golf performance range has seen a slight shuffle for the new model year, with the Golf GTI Performance variant dropped from the line-up, effectively replaced by the special-edition Golf GTI 40 Years model, which starts at $46,990 plus ORCs with the six-speed manual and $48,990 plus ORCs with the six-speed DSG – kicking off $500 more than the previous DSG-only GTI Performance.

Starting at $41,340 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual variant, the standard 2017 Golf GTI is also $400 more expensive than last year’s model, while the DSG-equipped version now retails for $350 extra at $43,840 plus ORCs.

Topping the line-up is the 2017 Golf R, which gets a $250 increase over the previous model year at $52,990 and $55,490 plus on-roads respectively. Like the regular Golf range, the performance models gain the frameless rear-view mirror along with the new air-cleaning and anti-allergen air-conditioning unit.

Customers wanting the retro-styled Beetle now only have the choice of one variant – the Beetle Classic.

Despite being axed from the local line-up earlier this year, the special stripped-back Beetle will continue to be sold as part of a ‘final run’, starting at $36,990 plus on-road costs with the standard seven-speed DSG transmission. No options are offered.

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Above: Volkswagen Scirocco R

The coupe-styled Scirocco R sees no price changes for the new model year, but gains the new air-conditioning system, albeit with just the allergen filter.

Meanwhile, the ageing Jetta sedan sees prices increase by up to $1000 for 2017, now starting at $23,990 for the 118TSI Trendline manual variant. The 118TSI Comfortline, Highline, and 155TSI Highline Sport models are $300 pricier than 2016. The 118TSI Trendline variant gains front- and rear-parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, while the anti-theft alarm has been discontinued.

Specification changes for the rest of the Jetta range are limited to the frameless rear-view mirror and anti-allergen dual-zone climate control system.

The all-new 2017 Tiguan will hit Australian showrooms in September, priced from $31,990 plus on-road costs. Compared to the previous-generation model that is now 10-years-old, the new Tiguan is about $3000 pricier than its predecessor, although it will come significantly better equipped. Read our pricing and specifications article here.

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Above: Volkswagen Passat sedan

Pricing for the mid-sized 2017 Passat sedan and wagon range is $500 up on last year for the 132TSI and 132TSI Comfortline, while the 140TDI Highline and off-road inspired 140TDI Alltrack see more significant increases of $1500, though the higher prices come with longer equipment lists.

The 132TSI gets new 17-inch ‘Soho’ alloy wheels and Front Assist with low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard. 132TSI Comfortline, 140TDI Highline and 140TDI Alltrack variants gain 14-way electrically-adjustable front seats, massaging function for driver’s seat, memory function for driver’s seat and exterior mirrors, power folding mirrors, auto-dimming driver’s door mirror and kerb function for passenger-side door mirror. The 132TSI Comfortline now gets selectable driving modes as standard.

Other revisions for the Passat range include changes to the optional Luxury and R-Line packages, the addition of a luggage floor net, along with the new air-cleaning and anti-allergen and air-conditioning system.

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Above: Volkswagen Touareg

The 2017 Touareg sees the largest price increases, ranging from $1000 to $3500 depending on the model.

Starting at $68,990 and $70,990 respectively, the Touareg 150TDI and 150TDI Element are $1000 more expensive than last year.

The V6 TDI variant sees the larger $3500 increase, while the flagship V8 TDI R-Line is $1500 pricier than before.

Added equipment for 2017 is reserved for the V6 TDI model, which now gets the previously optional Technology Package as standard, including an Area View surround camera system, memory function for the front seats, door mirrors and steering wheel, electrically-adjustable steering wheel, keyless access, and a larger 100-litre fuel tank.

The rest of the Touareg range sees the addition of a frameless rear-view mirror.

All 2017 Volkswagen models are available to order now, with ‘selected vehicles’ arriving this month.

2017 Volkswagen passenger range specification changes:

MY17 Golf/Golf Wagon/Golf Alltrack

  • The interior rear-view mirror changes to a frameless design
  • Air Care dual zone climate control air conditioning with air cleaning function and allergen filter*
  • Release of the Golf GTI 40 Years special edition with manual transmission

MY17 Scirocco

  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning with allergen filter*

MY17 Jetta

  • The interior rear-view mirror changes to a frameless design
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning with allergen filter*

Jetta 118TSI Trendline

Variance in features to MY16:

  • Parking distance sensors, front and rear with Optical Parking System (OPS) now standard
  • Automatic  headlight function now standard
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers now standard
  • Automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror now standard
  • Anti-theft alarm system has been discontinued

MY17 Passat/Passat Wagon/Passat Alltrack

  • Air Care dual zone climate control air conditioning with air cleaning function and allergen filter*
  • Revisions to the optional Luxury package
    • Addition of a Luggage floor net added
  • Power folding door mirrors (132TSI Comfortline, 140TDI Highline and Alltrack) now standard
  • Driving profile selection (132TSI Comfortline) now standard
  • Revisions to the optional R-Line package
    • Revised size and design alloy wheels – Monterey 18” grey metallic
    • Active Info Display (digital instrument cluster) added

– 132TSI

Variance in features to MY16:

  • New design (Soho) 17” alloy wheel
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) is now standard

– 132TSI Comfortline, 140TDI Highline, 140TDI Alltrack:

Variance in features to MY16:

  • 14 way electrically adjustable front seats with driver’s massage function now standard
  • Memory function for driver’s seat and exterior door mirrors now standard
  • Power folding door mirrors, auto dimming driver’s door mirror and passenger side door mirror kerb view function now standard
  • Driving profile selection (132TSI Comfortline) now standard

MY17 Touareg

  • The interior rear-view mirror changes to a frameless design

– V6 TDI

Variance in features to MY16:

  • Technology package is now standard equipment, inclusive of:
    • Area view
    • Memory function for front seats, door mirrors and steering wheel
    • Electrically height and reach adjustable steering wheel
    • Keyless Access
    • 100-litre fuel tank

Allergen filter: With the addition of a specific filter, small particles (pollen) that cause allergies are filtered from the air that enters the car

Air Care: In addition, the models with the ‘Air Care’ designation (Golf, Passat) will also have an air cleaning function that is available in the infotainment system menu. By activating the Air Care function the air inside the car is recirculated several times through the filter, which increases the quality of the air

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