Sneak peek at the new VW Golf GTi

Available in Australian showrooms from October, but order books are now open.

Volkswagen Australia used the launch of the new Tiguan Allspace to also offer motoring media in attendance (including RACQ) a sneak-peek at their new MY19 Golf GTi. The good news is there’s more ‘go’ and a healthy increase in standard kit.

They will be in Australian showrooms from October, but order books are open now.

The new five-door hatch includes as standard a firebrand 180kW/370Nm, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, seven-speed wet-clutch DSG gearbox, electro-mechanical front differential lock, and Golf R ventilated front and rear disc brake pack.

Engine outputs and drivetrain are those of last year’s limited-build three-door GTi Performance Edition 1.

Prospective buyers hoping for either a manual gearbox or a three-door version will be disappointed though. The MY19 GTi will be DSG and five doors only. However, VW still have stock, at driveaway prices, of manual three and five-door 169kW GTi.

An active information display and the previous driver assistance option pack are now standard fitment. Equipment now includes front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist with adaptive lane guidance, traffic-jam assist, emergency assist, blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert, rear-view camera and park assist with manoeuvre braking, LED headlights with light assist, 18” alloys, adaptive chassis control, 8” sat-nav with app connect, leather sports multi-function steering wheel, ‘Clark’ cloth seat upholstery, electric folding exterior mirrors, keyless access and start, and active info display.

The company estimates the value of the mechanical and equipment revisions at around $5,000. The vehicles price, at $45,490, has risen by $1000 compared to the previous model in DSG form.

Metallic/pearl effect paint will add $500. The optional Sound and Style Pack ($2,300) includes 19” alloys, 9.2” sat-nav, gesture control, voice control and Dynaudio 400W audio system. Vienna leather upholstery, heated front seats, power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, exterior mirrors with memory function, and sunroof can be added courtesy of the $3,900 Luxury Pack.

The company also announced the new 147kW/320Nm Polo GTi will be launched by the end of September and be priced at $30,990.

We look forward to driving both these new performance models.