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2022 Volkswagen Golf price and specs: Base model withdrawn

The Volkswagen Golf range has lost its base hatchback variant for model year 2022. Pricing for the range now starts at $36,390 before on-roads.

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Volkswagen has increased prices of its redesigned Golf range again.

UPDATE, 04/05/2022 – Volkswagen Australia is increasing the asking price of the entire Golf range, excluding the high-performance R hatch and wagon, again by between $500 and $1900 from June 1, 2022.

“Unfortunately due to global increases in production, supplier and transport costs, certain models will have an increased RRP from June 1, 2022,” said a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson in a statement.

“We strive to ensure that any cost increase is absorbed or – where it cannot be – kept to a minimum.”

This latest price increase of $500-1900 follows an initial $200 price increase for model year 2022 vehicles, which brought standard DAB digital radio across the range.

In January 2022, Volkswagen also confirmed price increases of between $740 and $1190 across the range, but no further changes to specification.

At that time, Volkswagen Australia also confirmed the entry-level 110TSI manual and automatic hatchbacks would be unavailable for the rest of the 2022 model year.

Of those two variants, only the automatic will return for the 2023 model year.

Pricing

  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf Wagon: $36,390 (+$1900)
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf Life: $36,990 (+$1700)
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf Wagon Life: $38,990 (+$1700)
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R-Line: $39,990 (+$1500)
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI: $54,990 (+$500)
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R: $65,990
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R Wagon: $68,990

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Engines

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf, in base, Life and R-Line trims, is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

These models are front-wheel drive and use an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

The Golf GTI upgrades to a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 180kW and 370Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s also front-wheel drive but includes a locking front differential.

The Golf R hatch and wagon is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 235kW and 400Nm. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive sent through a 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

Fuel Economy

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf uses 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle in the automatic hatchback, 5.9L/100km in the automatic wagon, 7.0L/100km in the GTI, 7.8L/100km in the Golf R hatch, and 7.4L/100km in the Golf R Wagon.

All models require 95RON premium unleaded fuel, except for the two Golf R variants which require 98 RON.

Dimensions

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf hatchback measures 4284mm long, 1789mm wide and 1456mm tall, while the wagon measures 4633mm long, 1789mm wide and 1483mm tall.

The hatch has a 2636mm wheelbase, while the wagon has a 2686mm wheelbase.

Boot space is a claimed 374L in the hatch and 611L in the wagon with the rear seats in place. Their load volume expands to 1230L and 1642L, respectively, with the rear seats folded.

Servicing and Warranty

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000km and Volkswagen offers three- and five-year prepaid service packages.

Pricing for the service packages are as follows:

Three-year service planFive-year service plan
Golf$1450$2400
Golf GTI$1600$2800
Golf R$1700$3000

Safety

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf has a five-star ANCAP rating based on testing carried out by Euro NCAP in 2019.

It scored 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 89 per cent for child occupant protection, 76 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 80 per cent for safety assist.

Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Multi-collision brake
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Travel assist
  • Front cross-traffic assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera

All bar the base model include Emergency Assist and safe exit warning, while all models feature eight airbags as standard.

Standard Equipment

Standard equipment in the base Golf includes:

  • IQ Drive highway driving assistant
  • Digital Cockpit (10.25-inch digital instruments)
  • 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • DAB digital radio (NEW)
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • LED headlights and tail lights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

Moving to the Life brings:

  • Digital Cockpit Pro (configurable digital instruments)
  • 10-inch infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 10-colour ambient lighting
  • Comfort seats with lumbar adjustment
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Satellite navigation
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Power tailgate (wagon only)
  • Luggage partition net
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

The optional Comfort and Style Package ($2000) brings:

  • Microfleece cloth trim
  • Comfort sport front seats
  • 30-colour ambient lighting
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

Over the Life, the R-Line gains:

  • Sport seats with leather trim
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Lowered (15mm) R-Line suspension
  • R-Line exterior trim
  • 30-colour ambient lighting
  • LED performance headlights
  • Rear privacy glass

A panoramic sunroof is a $1800 standalone option on the R-Line.

The GTI adds:

  • Tartan-trimmed sport seats
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • GTI exterior trim and highlights
  • Adaptive Chassis Control

The GTI is available with a Luxury Package ($3800) that adds:

  • ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Powered driver’s seat with memory
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

The Sound and Vision Package ($1500), available on all bar the base model, brings:

  • Head-up display
  • Harman/Kardon 480W sound system with nine speakers

The range-topping Golf R adds:

  • 4MOTION all-wheel-drive
  • Torque vectoring 
  • 19-inch ‘Estoril’ alloy wheels
  • Performance front brakes (358mm discs)
  • Six drive modes (including Drift and Special)
  • Extended rear roof spoiler (hatch)
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Sports exhaust
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with R modes
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front sports seats
  • Electric driver’s seat with memory
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Tri-zone climate control

Options for the Golf R range include a Harman Kardon sound system for $1000, as well as a sunroof which costs $1900 for the hatch and $2000 for the wagon.

Colours

On the core range, metallic paint is a $600 option while premium metallic paint is a $900 option.

The following shades are available on the core range:

  • Candy White
  • Deep Black
  • Dolphin Grey
  • Reflex Silver (excludes R-Line)
  • Moonstone Grey (R-Line only)
  • Atlantic Blue
  • Pomello Yellow

All shades are a no-cost option in the GTI, but for Kings Red which costs $300. The following shades are available:

  • Pure White
  • Dolphin Grey
  • Deep Black
  • Moonstone Grey
  • Atlantic Blue
  • Kings Red

The Golf R is available in three exterior paint colours:

  • Pure White
  • Lapiz Blue metallic
  • Deep Black pearl

MORE: Everything Volkswagen Golf

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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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