Australian pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range have been released this week, with the popular hatch and wagon line-up now kicking off at $23,990 before on-road costs.
The Golf hatch continues with a four-grade ladder, while the wagon carries over three. As reported in March, the Golf 7.5 will come as standard with the more powerful 110kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, dropping the detuned 92kW version from the range.
Kicking off the Golf line-up is the entry-level 110TSI, available from $23,990 (all prices excluding on roads) with a six-speed manual or $26,490 with the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch shifter - meaning the price of entry is up by just over $1000, though this is offset somewhat by a more substantial equipment list.
Standard equipment on the price leader includes an 8.0-inch 'Composition Media' infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - replacing the dated 6.5-inch unit - a leather multifunction steering wheel, rear-view camera and 16-inch 'Hita' alloy wheels.
There's also LED tail-lights, LED daytime running lights, a multifunction driver's display, driver fatigue monitor, cruise control with speed limiter, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), seven airbags, and a multi-collision brake system.
Second in the range is the 110TSI Trendline, starting at $24,990 with the six-speed manual or $27,490 with the seven-speed DSG. The Trendline grade is also the entry point for the Golf wagon range, starting at $28,990, and is exclusively offered with the seven-speed DSG.
Prices for the Trendline grade are up by around $600, but, like the entry-level variant, there's more equipment over the previous model.
The extra spend adds automatic headlights and wipers, an automatically-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, 16-inch 'Toronto' alloy wheels, manual lumbar adjustment for the front seats, and a fold-out rear centre armrest with cup holders. Wagon versions get additional features like black roof rails and a luggage partition net.
Next up is the DSG-only 110TSI Comfortline, which asks for $28,990 in hatch form and $30,490 with a wagon body.
Additional features include dual-zone climate control with 'Air Care' filtering, an upgraded 8.0-inch 'Discover Media' infotainment system with satellite navigation, larger 17-inch 'Dijon' alloy wheels, 'Comfort' front seats, chrome interior and exterior trims, a storage drawer under the front passenger seat, and a 12V outlet in the luggage compartment. The wagon adds chrome roof rails.
Finally, the 110TSI Highline kicks off at $34,490 for the hatch and $35,990 for the wagon, and sees the addition of front fog-lights, 'Comfort Sport' front seats, Vienna leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, power adjustment for the driver's seat with memory and electric lumbar support, and power folding mirrors with memory function.
There's also keyless entry and start, 17-inch 'Karlskoga' alloy wheels, extended chrome treatments inside and out, interior ambient lighting, LED reading lights and front footwell lights, carpet floor mats, full-LED headlights, a colour multifunction driver's display, and a panoramic electric sunroof.
The Highline specification also adds the option of the 110TDI 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which develops (you guessed it) 110kW of power and 340Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed DSG. Pricing for the diesel is $36,990 for the hatch and $38,490 for the wagon.
In terms of price increases for Highline models, the Golf 7.5 is a touch over $1000 more expensive than the pre-facelift range.
There are also several option packs available depending on grade, including the Driver Assistance Package ($1500), Infotainment Package ($2300) and the R-Line Package ($2500),
First is the Driver Assistance pack, which is available on Trendline, Comfortline and Highline models. Additional equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, proactive occupant protection, and driver mode selection with a personalisation setting.
Next up is the Infotainment pack, limited to the Comfortline and Highline grades, and brings the 12.3-inch Active Info digital driver's cluster, a larger 9.2-inch 'Discover Pro' satellite navigation system with gesture and voice control, along with the Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system with 10-channel digital amplifier and subwoofer.
Finally, buyers of the top-spec Highline can specify the sporty R-Line pack, which adds more aggressive R-Line exterior and interior styling, 18-inch 'Sebring' alloy wheels, progressive steering, sports suspension, and privacy glass.
Meanwhile, metallic and pearl-effect exterior paints command a $500 premium for all models.
The updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 is available to order now, with first deliveries arriving in the first week of July.
Note - Overseas model shown
2017 Volkswagen Golf pricing (excluding on-road costs)
110TSI - $23,990/$26,490 (manual/DSG)
110TSI Trendline - $24,990/$27,490 (manual/DSG)
110TSI Comfortline - $28,990 (DSG only)
110TSI Highline - $34,490 (DSG only)
110TDI Highline - $36,990
Wagon (DSG only):
110TSI Trendline - $28,990
110TSI Comfortline - $30,490
110TSI Highline - $35,990
110TDI Highline - $38,490
Metallic/Pearl paint - $500
Driver Assistance Package (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline) - $1500
Infotainment Package (Comfortline, Highline) - $2300
R-Line Package (Highline) - $2500
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