The updated 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will see formerly special-edition features made standard with the three-door and manual transmission dropped going forward.

THE UPDATED 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will go on-sale here in October offering the drivetrain from the limited-edition Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 as standard. This means the same 180kW/370Nm tune of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol four, 7-speed wet-clutch DSG, electro-mechanical front differential lock and the ventilated front and rear disc brake package as the Golf R. Beyond this, the updated GTI will get, as standard, the Active Info dashboard readout in addition to the Driver Assistance Pack.

In a move that will disappoint some, the GTI will not be offered with a manual transmission or in three-door variant. However, VW Australia said there are still stocks of the current three-door GTI Original and both current five- and three-door 169kW GTIs. So, it’s a case of get one while you can or leave the Hyundai i30 N as a viable alternative – it’s currently a self-shifter only with a DSG in development.

2019 Golf GTI Key Features:

  • 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 7-speed wet-clutch DSG
  • Front differential lock
  • Golf R brake package
  • Active Info Display
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Assist with adaptive lane guidance
  • Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • 18-inch alloy wheels and adaptive chassis control
  • GTI body styling
  • 8-inch satellite navigation system with App-Connect
  • LED headlights and Light Assist
  • Leather sports multi-function steering wheel
  • ‘Clark’ sport cloth seat upholstery
  • Electrically foldable exterior mirrors
  • Rear View Camera (RVC) and Park Assist with manoeuvre braking
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Extra-Cost Options:

Metallic/Pearl effect paint – $500

Sound & Style package – $2300

  • 19-inch Brescia alloy wheels
  • 2-inch satellite navigation
  • Gesture Control
  • Voice Control
  • Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system

Luxury package – $3900

  • Vienna leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • exterior mirrors with memory function
  • panoramic electric glass sunroof

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