2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia | CarAdvice

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid editions have arrived in Australian showrooms, making the performance Golf more affordable than ever.

Pricing kicks off at $37,490 plus on-road costs for the GTI Original, and $47,490 for the Golf R Grid.

First up is the three-door only GTI Original, which Volkswagen says was created to satisfy the “clamour” of fans that have long demanded for a ‘pure’ three-door GTI with basic specification.

Standard features include tartan seat trim, 18-inch ‘Sevilla’ black alloy wheels with red pinstriping, ‘Original’ badging, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (but no factory navigation), along with city-speed autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Under the bonnet is the same 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol as the regular GTI.

The removal of certain luxury items and the rear door means the GTI Original is some $4500 cheaper than the manual GTI five-door, though you only have two colour options – Pure White or Tornado Red.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though a six-speed DSG with paddle shifters can be had for $39,990 before ORCs.

For those wanting a little more oomph, there’s the Golf R Grid, which kicks off from $47,490 for the manual-equipped five-door hatch.

The Grid forgoes the fancy 12.3-inch Active Info Display and leather seat trim that’s standard on the Golf R, though it still gets Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, a (smaller) 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation and smartphone mirroring, 19-inch alloy wheels, and the same 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine as the more expensive version.

Volkswagen is offering the Golf R Grid in two versions: five-door hatch and wagon (above). The hatch is available with both a six-speed manual and a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG ($49,990), while the wagon is DSG-only ($51,990).

With the introduction of the Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid, the German small car’s performance line-up now stands at six trim levels and 13 variants in total – including three body styles.

““Extraordinary claims are being made for supposed rivals that are not yet on sale. While any skunkworks can turn out a track day special, the expertise and experience required to engineer a GTI or an R – cars that also excel in the real world – is rather more hard won,” said Michael Bartsch, Volkswagen Group Australia’s managing director – clearly taking a shot at several upcoming rivals like the Hyundai i30 N and Renault Megane RS.

“When you’ve owned a GTI or an R, it’s difficult to settle for anything less.”

Volkswagen Golf GTI/R pricing

GTI Original (3dr Hatch) – $37,490/$39,990 (6MT/6DSG)
GTI (5dr Hatch) – $41,990/$44,490 (6MT/6DSG)
GTI Performance Edition 1 (3dr Hatch) – $47,990 (7DSG)

R Grid (5dr Hatch) – $47,490/$49,990 (6MT/7DSG)
R Grid (Wagon) – $51,990 (7DSG)
R (5dr Hatch) – $53,490/$55,990 (6MT/7DSG)
R (Wagon) – $57,990 (7DSG)
R Wolfsburg (5dr Hatch) – $57,990 (7DSG)
R Wolfsburg (Wagon) – $59,990 (7DSG)

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