Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice the decision to drop the three-door was a case of rationalising the range and an acknowledgement of the overwhelming popularity of the five-door variant.
The three-door offered GTI fans a lower entry point into the iconic hot-hatch, with its $38,990 before on-road costs starting price undercutting the five-door by $1500, though CarAdvice understands the three-door accounted for only about five per cent of total Australian Golf GTI sales.
The news follows CarAdvice’s exclusive report from earlier this month that revealed the new five-door Golf GTI would cost $47,900 driveaway in six-speed manual form and $50,700 driveaway with the six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic.
The new pricing represents a hike of a few thousand dollars over the outgoing five-door, which costs $40,490 as a manual and $42,990 with the DSG (both before on-road costs).
Compensating for the price rise is a boost in the GTI’s standard equipment, with the new model boasting adaptive dampers (previously a $1500 option), 18-inch alloy wheels (up from 17s), satellite navigation, rear-view camera, parking sensors, and fully integrated Bluetooth connectivity.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI will be available in two power outputs for the first time: the standard 162kW/350Nm version and the 169kW Performance Pack variant, which cuts one-tenth of a second off the base car’s 0-100km/h sprint time, stopping the clock in 6.4sec.
Stay tuned for CarAdvice’s review of the all-new Golf GTI following its launch in Tasmania on October 1.