Volkswagen Australia has announced that the base model of the Volkswagen Golf, the Golf 110TSI, will be discontinued in the 2024 model lineup due to low demand. Instead, the Golf range will now start with the Golf Life, which comes equipped with enhanced features.
This decision has led to a significant increase in the price of the cheapest Volkswagen Golf hatchback in the past five years. The previous generation Golf 110TSI Trendline manual had a price of $24,990, while the 2023 Golf Life has a starting price of $38,590, representing a 40% price increase.
The Golf Life features additional characteristics such as 17-inch wheels, a larger 10-inch touchscreen, an upgraded 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 is part of broader specification changes in the 2024 model lineup. However, Volkswagen Australia has not yet announced the prices of the new Golf Life or other models in the lineup.
Furthermore, the Golf wagon will also be discontinued once all existing orders have been fulfilled. According to Volkswagen Australia, the overwhelming majority of Golf customers choose Life, R-Line, GTI, or higher-grade models. Therefore, the company will begin each model line with the well-equipped Life model or one of higher grade.
Meanwhile, there is still available stock of the Golf MY23 models at dealerships, which will continue to be sold throughout 2023.
– Volkswagen Australia
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.