Auto-only hot hatch here in October from $45,490 with extra power and more kit.

Volkswagen Australia has released pricing and specifications for the upgraded 2019 Golf GTI, which will kick off from $45,490 plus on-road costs when it lands in October.


UPDATE, 18/2/2019: Volkswagen has announced drive-away pricing for the MY19 Golf GTI, now advertised from $47,990 drive-away. More here


As revealed in May, the 2019 model-year Golf GTI comes with the Performance specification as standard, meaning the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine now makes 180kW of power (up from 169kW) and 370Nm of torque (up from 350Nm), mated exclusively to a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission shared with the all-wheel drive Golf R.

That's right, there's no manual option – your tears have dried by now, right?

Other upgrades include an electro-mechanical front differential lock, and a beefier brake package previously reserved for the Performance Edition 1 and R.

In addition to the aforementioned enhancements over the outgoing 169kW model, the MY19 Golf GTI picks up the 12.3-inch Active Info Display as standard equipment, along with the Driver Assistance Package – meaning adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, park assist, lane assist and adaptive lane guidance are all included in the base price.

Carryover specification includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive chassis control, an 8.0-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic LED headlights, a leather sports steering wheel, 'Clark' cloth seat upholstery, electric folding side mirrors, a rear-view camera, along with keyless entry and push-button start.

Buyers can also choose from two equipment packages for the 2019 model, in the form of the Sound & Style and Luxury packs.

The Sound & Style Package ($2300) brings larger 19-inch 'Brescia' alloys (pictured), a 9.2-inch navigation system with gesture control, along with the Dynaudio Excite 400W audio system.

Meanwhile, the carryover Luxury Package ($3900) adds Vienna leather upholstery, heated front seats, electric adjustment for the driver with memory, a panoramic electric glass sunroof, and a memory function for the side mirrors.

Finally, premium paint finishes command $500 – and there's a new hue in the palette, Atlantic Blue (pictured).

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is available to order now, with deliveries commencing in October.