Mark VII Volkswagen Golf GTI starts from $41k, 3-door dumped

The Mark VII Volkswagen Golf GTI is slightly pricier than before, but a whole lot quicker than the old car. Coming next year is the marginally faster, but hotter looking, GTI Performance.

The standard Mark VII Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced at A$41,490 and powered by a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine generating 162kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or the optional A$2,500 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG). Both versions will race from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, with the manual drinking 6.2L/100km of 98RON premium unleaded petrol in official testing, while the DSG is a little thirstier at 6.5L/100km.

Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels; space saver spare tyre; seven airbags; alarm system with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and deadlocks; red brake calipers; LED fog lights; sports body kit with red trim and chromed tail pipes; tinted tail lights; dual-zone climate control; cruise control and speed limiter; aluminium pedals; ambient interior lighting; sports bucket seats; leather trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel and gear knob;

The entertainment system features a 5.8-inch touchscreen, sat nav, eight speakers, two SD card slots, steering wheel audio controls, auxiliary jack, USB port, reversing camera and parking sensors. Options include leather seating in place of the tartan cloth trim, bi-xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and automated parking.

Coming in 2014 is the slightly faster A$47,990 GTI Performance that gains 19-inch alloy wheels, marginally more power (169kW), larger ventilated rear disc brakes, electronic front diff lock, bi-xenon headlights, and LED tail-lights.


Length: 4,349mm (+150mm)
Height: 1,491mm
Width: 1,799mm (+14mm)
Wheelbase: 2,620mm (+46mm)
Boot space: 380L (seats up), 1,270L (seats down)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]