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Sub-$25K VW Golf strikes

Hole in one: VW has sliced prices in the wake of tariff cuts, particularly on its volume-selling Golf.

Post-tariff prices mean Volkswagen 90TSI is cheaper than any other Golf in history

2 Feb 2010

VOLKSWAGEN has fallen into line with most other importers by dropping the prices of its most popular model, the Golf.

Now priced from $24,990, the 90TSI is $1000 cheaper than before – as is the volume selling 118TSI from $29,490.

Diesel buyers get an even better deal, with all TDI models – including the recently released 77TDI – falling by $1200.

However, GTI prices will remain the same. Volkswagen says that the five per cent tariff adjusted amount (down from 10 per cent in 2009) was taken into account when the hot hatch range was launched last October.

Also coming in for a price realignment is the Eos coupe convertible and Passat CC “comfort coupe” (both down $1000) while “new pricing” will be applied to the regular Passat sedan and wagon later on this month, when an MY10 update is expected to be announced for the four-year old series.

At the same time, the company has cut $200 from the cost of metallic paint on the Golf, Jetta and Beetle, and $300 from the Passat CC with fancier paint.

The readjusted Golf prices means that the German small car is effectively cheaper than it has ever been in Australia during its sporadic 34-year career.

 center imageLeft: Eos and Passat CC.

Using the equivalently configured Toyota Corolla as the yardstick, today’s $24,990 Mk6 Golf 90TSI is just 13 per cent more expensive than the $21,740 MY10 Corolla Ascent.

Going back in Golf history, the (Oz assembled) 1976 $4228 Mk1 Golf LS cost 19.1 per cent more than the $3419 Corolla L in 1990 the $31,490 Mk2 Golf GTI (only the second-generation version was offered here) cost 34.4 per cent more than the $20,645 Corolla SX (and twice as much as the base SE) the 1994 $28,600 Mk3 Golf GL cost 20.7 per cent more the Corolla CSi Seca in 1998 the $29,780 Mk4 Golf GL was 32.8 per cent pricier than the Corolla CSi and in 2004 the $25,490 Mk5 Golf 1.6 Trendline was 19.6 per cent ahead of the $20,490 Corolla Ascent.

2010 Volkswagen range pricing:
Model Price Change
90TSI Trendline five-door $24,990 -$1000
90TSI Trendline five-door (7DSG) $27,490 -$1000
77TDI Trendline five-door $27,490 -$1200
77TDI Trendline five-door (7DSG) $29,990 -$1200
118TSI Comfortline five-door $29,490 -$1000
118TSI Comfortline five-door (7DSG) $31,990 -$1000
103TDI Comfortline five-door $31,990 -$1200
103TDI Comfortline (6DSG) $34,490 -$1200
Metallic paint $500 -$200
Pearl effect paint $500 -$200
New Beetle & New Beetle Cabriolet
Metallic paint $500 -$200
Pearl effect paint $500 -$200
Metallic paint $500 -$200
Pearl effect paint $500 -$200
Passat CC
125TDI (6DSG) $54,990 -$1000
V6 FSI (6DSG) $64,990 -$1000
Metallic paint $700 -$300
Pearl effect paint $700 -$300
103TDI $46,990 -$1000
103TDI (6DSG) $49,490 -$1000
147TSI $48,990 -$1000
147TSI (6DSG) $51,490 -$1000

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