Volkswagen Australia has streamlined its small car range with the introduction of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, trimming it down from 19 variants to 12. Which seems reasonable.

The range kicks off with the 2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Trendline. It’s powered by a 1.4-litre turbo that kicks out 110kW and 250Nm, and is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. This is supported by the 110TSI Comfortline, featuring the same engine, as well as the 110TSI Highline.

Those looking to jump on board on the SUV/crossover bandwagon have the Golf Alltrack 132TSI and 132TSI Premium to check out. It comes with a 1.8-litre turbo that generates 132kW and 280Nm, which is then sent through to an all-wheel drive system via a six-speed dual-clutch auto.

For us driving enthusiasts VW is presenting the legendary Golf GTI. The 2019 model comes with a 2.0-litre turbo that develops an impressive 180kW and 370Nm, connected up to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto with front-wheel drive. It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, and GTI styling, among other things (check out the highlights at the bottom of this page).

At the top of the tree is the new 2019 Volkswagen Golf R. It turns up the heat even more, featuring a 2.0-litre turbo that barks out 213kW and 380Nm. This is sent through an all-wheel drive system via a dual-clutch automatic.

Volkswagen Australia is offering three different versions of the potent Golf R for the MY2019, including the regular hatch, wagon, and a Golf R Special Edition. The special is featured in a unique turmeric yellow exterior colour, and comes with an Akrapovic exhaust, performance brakes, and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. Just 400 examples are up for grabs.

The new model comes at a critical time for the small car market, as Toyota has just launched the all-new Toyota Corolla, while Mazda is about the introduce the all-new Mazda3 which is set to come with a revolutionary new sparkless ignition engine called SkyActiv-X. Volkswagen Australia GM of product and marketing, Ben Wilks, rather boastfully spoke of the new model, saying:

“That the Golf remains the benchmark small car is reportorial fact. Customers agree with critics. More than 70 per cent of Golf sales are of variants priced at more than $30,000. The GTI and R continue to comprise some 25 per cent of all Golf sales.”

Buyers can head into their local dealer now to place an order for any of the new models. Prices start from the following. See further below for the highlights of each variant.

MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Trendline: $24,990
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Trendline auto: $27,490
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Trendline wagon auto: $28,990
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Comfortline auto: $29,750
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Comfortline wagon auto: $31,250
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Highline auto: $35,990
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Highline wagon auto: $37,490
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 132TSI Alltrack: $35,250
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf 132TSI Alltrack Premium: $39,490
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI: $45,4590
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf R: $56,490
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf R Wagon: $58,490
MY2019 Volkswagen Golf R Special Edition: $61,990

Golf 110TSI Trendline

  • 110kW/250Nm 1.4 litre turbo petrol engine
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • 7 airbags
  • Driver Fatigue Detection system
  • Multi-collision brake
  • Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL)
  • 16″ alloy wheels
  • 8″ infotainment system
  • App-Connect interface for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)
  • LED tail lights
  • LED daytime driving lights
  • Parking distance sensors front and rear
  • Manoeuvre braking, front and rear
  • Automatic headlight function
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Automatically dimming rear-view mirror
  • Front seat lumbar adjustment
  • Rear seat centre armrest with load through and cup holders
  • Black roof rails (wagon)
  • Luggage partition net (wagon)

110TSI Comfortline additional equipment:

  • 7-speed DSG standard
  • Air Care dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Discover Media 8″ audio and navigation system
  • Media Control
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • 17″ (Dijon) alloy wheels
  • Comfort front seats
  • Chrome interior and exterior highlights
  • Carpet floor mats, front and rear
  • 12V outlet in luggage compartment
  • Chrome roof rails (Wagon)

Driver Assistance Package (Trendline and Comfortline) $1,500

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Assist
  • Adaptive lane guidance*
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Park Assist
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Driving Profile Selection
  • Personalisation function

110TSI Highline hatchback and Wagon additional equipment:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Assist with adaptive lane guidance
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • Exterior mirrors with memory function
  • LED headlights
  • Light Assist, automatic high beam function
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Front fog lights
  • Comfort sport front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 17″ (Karlskoga) alloy wheels
  • Interior ambient lighting strips
  • LED headlights for low and high beam
  • Colour Multi-function Display (MFD Premium)
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof

Sound & Vision Package (Comfortline and Highline): $2300

  • Active Info display
  • Discover Pro 9.2″ satellite navigation system with gesture control and voice control
  • Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system with 10-channel digital amplifier and subwoofer

R-Line Package (Highline): $2500

  • R-Line exterior styling
  • R-Line interior styling
  • 18″ (Sebring) alloy wheels
  • Progressive steering
  • Sports suspension
  • Dark tinted rear and rear side window glass

Alltrack 132TSI

  • 1.8 litre TSI 132kW/280Nm petrol engine
  • 6-speed DSG
    4 MOTION all-wheel-drive
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • 8″ audio and satellite navigation system
  • App-Connect interface for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Media Control
  • 17″ (Valley) alloy wheels
  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)
  • Parking distance sensors front and rear
  • Manoeuvre braking front and rear
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system
  • Electrically foldable exterior mirrors
  • Driver fatigue detection system
  • Driving Profile Selection with off-road mode
  • Air Care dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Automatic headlight function
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • LED tail lights
  • LED daytime driving lights
  • Carpet floor mats, front and rear
  • Driving profile selection with off-road mode
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • 7 airbags
  • Driver Fatigue Detection system
  • Multi-collision brake
  • Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL)
  • Front fog lights

Additional Alltrack Premium equipment includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Assist with adaptive lane guidance
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Light Assist, automatic high beam function
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery
  • Comfort sport front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • Exterior mirrors with memory function
  • LED headlights for low and high beam
  • Colour Multi-Function Display (MFD Premium)

Driver Assistance Package (Alltrack 132TSI): $1200

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Assist with adaptive lane guidance
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Proactive occupant protection system

Sound & Vision Package: $2300

  • Active Info Display (with off-road configuration)
  • Discover Pro 9.2″ satellite navigation system  with gesture control and voice control
  • Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system with 10-channel digital

Sport Luxury Package (Alltrack Premium): $2500

  • 18″ (Kalamata) alloy wheels
  • Steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles
  • Panoramic electric glass sunroof
  • Dark tinted rear and rear side windows, 65% light absorbing

Golf GTI

  • 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 7-speed wet-clutch DSG
  • Front differential lock
  • Golf R brakes
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Assist with adaptive lane guidance
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Active Info Display
  • 18″ alloy wheels
  • Adaptive chassis control
  • GTI body styling
  • 8″ audio and satellite navigation system
  • App-Connect interface for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • LED headlights for low and high beam
  • Light Assist, automatic high beam function
  • Leather sports multi-function steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • ‘Clark’ sport cloth seat upholstery
  • Electrically foldable exterior mirrors
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)
  • Park Assist
  • Manoeuvre braking, front and rear
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Sound & Style package: $2300 
19″ Brescia alloy wheels, 9.2″ satellite navigation, Gesture Control, Voice Control and Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system

Luxury package: $3900                        
Vienna leather appointed upholstery, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, exterior mirrors with memory function, panoramic electric glass sunroof

R hatchback and wagon additional equipment:

  • 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • LED headlights with Dynamic cornering lights
  • Dynamic Light Assist
  • R Body styling
  • 19″ alloy wheels
  • 9.2″ audio and satellite navigation system
  • Dark tinted rear and rear side windows
  • Metallic and Pearl effect paint
  • Exterior mirrors with memory function
  • Luggage partition net and chrome roof rails (wagon)

Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system: $1000
Panoramic electric glass sunroof: $1900

A limited edition of 400 Golf Special Editions go on sale next month, featuring Golf R Performance range features and an Akaropvic exhaust system.

Golf R Special Edition

As above with:

  • Turmeric Yellow Metallic paint choice
  • Akrapovic titanium exhaust system
  • Performance brake package
  • Glass Black door mirrors
  • Black Pretoria 19″ alloys wheels
  • Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system
  • “R Performance Options” tailgate badge

Panoramic electric glass sunroof: $1900

(2018 model shown for reference as Volkswagen Australia hasn’t provided images, except the blue GTI is officially MY2019)

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