Johannesburg - Volkswagen’s facelifted Golf is being launched in South Africa this week and while the visual differences are subtle to say the least, it does bring the hatchback up to date on the gadgets front.
But the best news is that prices have been reduced on all but the GTI, and quite substantially at the bottom of the range where the previous 1.2 TSI turbopetrol makes way for a new import-duty-dodging 1-litre TSI three-cylinder unit, boasting the same 81kW power output but gaining 15Nm of torque, for a maximum of 200Nm from 2000rpm.
The price of the base Trendline derivative falls from R317 600 to R289 900 and now the base engine can also be had in Comfortline trim, at R304 200. Both versions are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Above that, the 92kW/200kW 1.4 TSI carries over in Comfortline DSG form only, but at R10 000 less (R356 400). The big talking point overseas is a new 1.5 TSI with an ultra-efficient combustion system derived from the Miller cycle, but this won’t reach our shores until next year at the earliest, when it’ll replace the 1.4 TSI.
The latter does at least get a new version of the DSG gearbox, with seven forward gears, but the GTI’s DSG remains a six-speeder (and that’s the only gearbox available, now that the manual has been dropped). The GTI does however gain a small power hike, from 162kW to 169kW, while torque remains at 350Nm, but the price is hiked quite substantially, from R503 100 to R545 800.