New Volkswagen Golf 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Mazda 3 rival now costs more to buy

For the second time in five months, Volkswagen has increased the pricing of its seventh-generation Golf small car by up to $500.

The entry-level Trendline and Comfortline grades now charge $400 more, while the cost of the Highline, GTI and R variants have increased by $500.

Meanwhile, the Alltrack 132TSI Premium is also now $500 dearer, while its non-Premium counterpart is up $400. For reference, February’s price rises were almost identical.

The Golf now starts at $25,790 for the manual 110TSI Trendline hatch to $57,990 for the automatic R wagon (see full pricing table below).

A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the prices were adjusted due to exchange-rate and inflationary pressures, with standard specification and options for all versions of the Golf remaining the same as before.

As a refresher, front-wheel-drive 110TSI variants are powered by a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, while all-wheel-drive 132TSI versions upgrade to a 132kW/280Nm 1.8-litre unit.

Meanwhile, front-wheel-drive GTI and all-wheel-drive R variants are motivated by the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, with the former producing 180kW/370Nm, while the latter develops 213kW/380Nm.

Only the aforementioned 110TSI Trendline hatch is available with a (six-speed) manual transmission, with all other Golfs using a six- or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit.

As reported, the eighth-generation Golf will enter local showrooms early next year, with regular and GTI versions expected to launch alongside one another, while flagship R variants should follow shortly afterwards.

2020 Volkswagen Golf 2020 pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
110TSI Trendline hatch manual $25,790 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline hatch automatic $27,790 (+$400)
110TSI Trendline wagon automatic $29,290 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline hatch automatic $29,790 (+$400)
110TSI Comfortline wagon automatic $31,290 (+$400)
110TSI Highline hatch automatic $34,990 (+$500)
110TSI Highline wagon automatic $36,490 (+$500)
Alltrack 132TSI wagon automatic $36,590 (+$400)
Alltrack 132TSI Premium wagon automatic $40,990 (+$500)
GTI hatch automatic $47,190 (+$500)
R hatch automatic $55,990 (+$500)
R wagon automatic $57,990 (+$500)