Earlier this week, local pricing for the Volkswagen Golf GTI was announced by the brand’s local arm with the hot hatch entering the market at a competitive R669 300. Included in the package as standard are key features such as 18-inch “Richmond” alloy wheels and VW’s lights and vision package (with high-beam control light assist).
Furthermore, Climatronic air conditioning, a heated leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, “GTI Vienna” leather seats, the “Composition Media” sound system, the 10,25-inch multi-colour InnoVision cockpit, App-Connect, cruise control (with a speed limiter), parking sensors, wireless smartphone charging and 30-colour ambient lighting are added as well.
Those wanting a more conclusive package can fit a number of optional extras. From the exterior, most of the nine colours are available at no additional cost apart from the Oryx White pearlescent paint which costs R6 000. The larger set of black diamond-turned 19-inch Adelaide alloys will set owners back another R12 000.
Further exterior packages include the black style package (R8 000) which adds exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides and in the front and components with special surface appearance. This cannot be selected if you opt for the larger set of wheels. For added convenience are the exterior mirrors with memory function (R12 600) which have to be specced with Discover Pro navigation (R18 500) and blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert and lane assist (no additional cost).
LED matrix IQ. Light (R10 000) is available to those who want improved lighting in darker environments. This gives the Volkswagen Golf GTI a rear fog lamp on one side and reverse lights on both, dynamic headlight range control with cornering lights, LED headlamps with variable light distribution, LED rear combination lamps with dynamic turn signals and multiple matrix beams.
A tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof (R15 000) also adds two reading lights at the front and rear and a mechanically swiveling and power-detachable trailer hitch (R9 300) accommodates owners that require hauling functionalities.
Where audio and communication is concerned, owners may opt for the Harmon Kardon Sound System (R11 400) but this has to be selected with the aforementioned Discover Pro navigation system as well. Nicotine enthusiasts may add a cigarette lighter and ashtrays it the front and rear via the Smoker’s package (R500). A head-up display (R10 500) provides readings on the windscreen for those who don’t want to take their eyes off the road.
Enhancing security and safety of Volkswagen Golf GTI is an adaptive chassis control that accommodates both 18-inch and 19-inch wheel configurations (R14 800). Adaptive cruise control (R11 000) provides stop and go functionalities with a speed limiter and front collision warning with autonomous brake intervention for vehicles and pedestrians. This can be enhanced with the Travel Assist package (R11 100) which provides a multi-functional camera, lane keep assist and traffic jam assist. The park assist (R6 000) and rear view camera (R4 500) adds further convenience for those that want parking to be an easier task.
With all possible options selected, amassing to a total of R153 200, the Volkswagen Golf GTI comes in at a price of R822 500. Further enhancing its aftersales appeal is the ability to spec a five-year/90 000 or 120 000 km plan but pricing for this is not available on the configurator.
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