The German car maker has revealed local specifications for its updated Golf small hatch and wagon range due to arrive in showrooms from July. Volkswagen Australia is still hush-hush on local pricing, but there is expected to be a modest price rise across the board.
Officially named the Golf 7.5, the refreshed small car is a chip-shot laying up for the new eighth-gen due in 2019 and Volkswagen has kept wholesale changes to a minimum to reflect that fact.
The engine line-up will seem familiar to current Golf owners – with the exception of the entry-level 92TSI variants which have been culled – with the 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit returning in the 110TSI. Oil burning options are limited to current 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine (dubbed 110TDI), which produces 110kW and 340Nm. Only lower-tier models have the option of a six-speed manual, all other variants come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Standard equipment for the base 110TSI includes a new 8.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and has a reversing camera, while autonomous emergency braking, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and tailights, leather steering wheel and driver fatigue warning are all standard.
Stepping up to the 110TSI Trendline scores buyers auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, front and rear park assist, rear seat centre arm rest and front seat lumbar adjuster. Wagon variants get roof rails and a luggage net.
Comfortline models receive dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome highlights inside and out, additional storage compartments and a 12V outlet in the boot on top of the standard gear from Trendline spec. Comfortline models are only available with a DSG transmission.
The range topping Highline variant is available with both the petrol and diesel engines, while also gaining a superior level of specification that includes front fog lamps, heated front sport seats, leather appointed upholstery, electrically adjustable driver's set with lumbar adjustment, auto folding side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, more extensive use of chrome, ambient interior lighting, floor mats, LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
There are also several optional packages to tailor the Golf to individual tastes, the first of which is the Driver Assistance Package that is available on all but the entry-level model. This package includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, park assist and driving profile selection.
An Infotainment Package is also available on the Comfortline and Highline variants. This pack includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an uprated 9.2-inch touchscreen with gesture and voice control, while audio functions have been upgraded with a 400-watt sound system with a 10-channel amplifier and subwoofer.
The R-Line optional package is reserved exclusively for range-topping Highline models, and includes R-Line exterior and interior styling touches, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and a darker tint on the rear and rear side windows.
For those looking for an alternative to an SUV, Volkswagen has extended its Alltrack high-riding wagon line-up.
The range now consists of an entry-level 132TSI variant that is powered by a 132kW/280Nm 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 132TSI Premium model powered by the same engine and a 135TDI Premium that gets its oomph from 135kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit. Every Alltrack model is paired with a six-speed DSG transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
Alltrack models get a higher standard level of equipment with the entry-level 132TSI coming equipped with dual zone air conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, leather steering wheel, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, LED interior lighting, rear view camera with park assist and driver fatigue warning. Specification is capped off with 17-inch alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, front fog lamps, auto headlights and wipers and LED head lights and daytime running lights.
Premium variants gain additional heated front sport seats, leather appointed upholstery, navigation, cornering LED headlights and floor mats.
An additional Sports Luxury optional extras package is available on the Alltrack. This includes 18-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable front seats, auto folding side mirrors and darker rear windows.
Pricing will be revealed in the coming weeks.