Eighth-generation small hatch to go on sale in May with more tech, evolutionary look, and price rises.
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  • 2021 Volkswagen Golf price and specs
  • 'Mk8' hatchback due in May with more tech, price rises up to $4460
  • Three 'standard' variants come with a conventional automatic transmission
  • IQ.Drive safety suite standard across the range

Australian pricing and specification details for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf have been released, ahead of the local launch in May.

The eighth generation of Volkswagen's popular small car will arrive in Australia with a choice of three core Golf variants, all offering an evolutionary look, an all-new, screen-laden cabin, an upgraded safety suite and, crucially for many buyers, a conventional automatic transmission.

Prices are up across the range to match the increased levels of standard equipment, with some variants jumping in price by up to $4460.

Above: UK- and European-market Golf models pictured above, with R-Line models above and top, and a mid-spec, non-R-Line variant below.

All non-performance Golf models in Australia are powered by a carry-over 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, though the outgoing Mk7.5 model's available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission has been swapped for a traditional eight-speed torque-converter automatic, developed by Japan's Aisin.

A six-speed manual gearbox is available in the entry-level model. Claimed combined fuel economy is rated at 5.8L/100km and 6.0L/100km for the automatic and manual transmission respectively, with the engine requiring 95- or 98-octane premium unleaded.

Opening the range is the eponymous Golf, priced from $29,350 before on-road costs with a manual transmission ($33,490 drive-away), or $31,950 before on-road costs with an auto ($35,990 drive-away).

That's up $3560 and $4160 respectively over the outgoing 110TSI Trendline base model, before on-road costs – though a host of additional features are fitted as standard to the new model.

Standard equipment on the base Golf includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cloth seat trim, 'decorative' trim inlays, tri-zone climate control, LED headlights and tail-lights, 16-inch 'Norfolk' alloy wheels, an electric parking brake, auto start-stop, and more advanced independent multi-link rear suspension.

A full suite of 'IQ.Drive' active safety technologies are on offer, led by Travel Assist, which combines the adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and lane-following assist systems to accelerate, brake and centre the Golf within its lane on freeways.

There's also all-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and support for intersections, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automated parking, a reversing camera, driver fatigue monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and a tyre pressure loss alert.

Other standard safety features include a full suite of airbags, multi-collision braking (which applies the brakes after an accident to prevent subsequent impacts), and a 'proactive occupant protection system', which uses sensors to detect an impending collision, and closes windows, tightens seat belts and performs other actions to prepare for the crash.

Above: UK-spec Volkswagen Golf R-Line interior.

The mid-spec Golf Life – priced from $34,250 before on-road costs with a standard-fit auto, up around $4460 over the outgoing 110TSI Comfortline – features an updated 10-inch infotainment screen with wireless smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation, while other additions include 17-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded digital instrument cluster with unique customisable displays, Emergency Assist (which safely brings the vehicle to a halt if the driver is detected to be incapacitated), Exit Assist, and 'comfort' cloth seats.

It also adds keyless entry, push-button start, 10-colour ambient LED lighting, power-folding exterior mirrors and wireless smartphone charging.

Golf Life buyers can choose between the $1500 Sound & Vision and $2000 Comfort & Sound packages.

The former comprises an upgraded 480-watt Harman/Kardon sound system and a head-up display, while the latter includes 'comfort' sports seats trimmed in microfleece cloth, brushed metallic trim inlays, 30-colour ambient interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

Sitting atop the core Golf range is the sport-themed Golf R-Line, priced from $37,450 before on-road costs with an automatic transmission – identically priced to the outgoing 110TSI Highline with the optional R-Line package.

Additional equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sportier R-Line bumpers, 15mm-lower sports suspension, 'progressive' sports steering (borrowed from the performance GTI and R), (likely leather) sports seats, Carbon Grey trim inlays, LED 'performance' headlights, privacy glass and a sports steering wheel.

The Life's $1500 Sound & Vision pack is also available on the R-Line, while the sporty model also offers the option of a standalone $1800 panoramic sunroof.

The front-wheel-drive, high-performance GTI will serve as the flagship Golf at launch, priced from $53,100 before on-road costs – click here for more details on that model.

Pure White is the standard, no-cost colour across the range, with Reflex Silver Metallic, Dolphin Grey Metallic and Atlantic Blue Metallic and Deep Black Pearlescent hues available for an extra $600 on Golf and Golf Life variants, while Pomelo Yellow Premium Metallic attracts a $900 premium on those grades.

The R-Line shares lower grades' colour palettes, though Reflex Silver Metallic is replaced with Moonstone Grey Premium Metallic, while all non-white shades now cost $300.

A five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty is standard, while 'Care Plan' servicing packages retail for $1100 for three years or $1900 for five years.

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf will go on sale in Australia in May.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Australian pricing

  • Golf manual – $29,350
  • Golf auto – $31,950
  • Golf Life auto – $34,250
  • Golf R-Line auto – $37,450
  • Golf GTI auto – $53,100

Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.