Volkswagen Australia has announced that the base model of the Volkswagen Golf, the Golf 110TSI, will be discontinued from the Model Year 2024 lineup due to low demand. Instead, the Golf range will now open with the better-equipped Golf Life. As a result, the price of the cheapest Volkswagen Golf hatchback will have climbed by nearly $14,000 in five years. The previous-generation Golf 110TSI Trendline manual was priced at $24,990, while the 2023 Golf Life is priced from $38,590. This represents a price jump of 40%.
The Golf Life comes with additional features such as 17-inch wheels, a larger 10-inch touchscreen, improved sound system, satellite navigation, ambient interior lighting, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and a door exit warning. Volkswagen Australia has stated that the base Golf 110TSI accounted for less than five percent of sales.
This decision to discontinue the base model is part of broader specification changes in the Model Year 2024 lineup. However, Volkswagen Australia has not yet announced the prices for the new Golf Life or other models in the lineup. The base Golf wagon will also be discontinued once all existing orders are fulfilled.
Volkswagen Australia explained that the overwhelming majority of Golf customers choose the Life, R-Line, GTI, or higher-grade models. Therefore, the company will now start each model line with the well-equipped Life model or higher. In the meantime, there is still remaining stock of the MY23 Golf models available in dealerships, which will continue to be sold throughout 2023.
Sources: Volkswagen Australia, CarAdvice
Alex Misoyannis is a contributing journalist at CarAdvice and has been writing about cars since 2017. He has a personal passion for cars and grew up in a car-loving family.
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