VWs are up

Fancy a new Vee­Dub? Well, bet­ter find a few ex­tra bucks first

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - PAUL POT­TINGER CARS­GUIDE EDI­TOR paul.pot­tinger@cars­guide.com.au

THE first R-Line up­grade on a Golf and price cuts on the Jetta are Volk­swa­gen’s model-year 2014 range re­vi­sion high­lights.

Show­room-wide changes in­clude a wel­come up­grade to the Bee­tle but price in­creases of up to $2000 on some mod­els.

The R-Line Pack­age — $2200 on the pop­u­lar Golf High­line and $2000 on the niche Bee­tle — adds a raft of racy badges, trim, go-fast kit plus sports sus­pen­sion, 18-inch al­loys, faster steer­ing and pad­dle-shifters.

Such items should bring the Golf even closer dy­nam­i­cally to the GTI but the lat­ter is now $500 more. Most Golfs cop a price rise — $250 on the Car of the Year Com­fort­line and $300 on the High­line.

An ex­tra $400 is now asked for the Cabri­o­let and $300 for the Bee­tle.

Steeper stick­ers adorn the Polo — $250 on the Com­fort­line, $350 on the GTI. The three-door ver­sion of the hot hatch has been dropped.

Tiguan buy­ers are look­ing at $400 ex­tra on the Pa­cific or $500 for the top-line 155 TSI. A Pas­sat adds $500 for the 130 TDI and Alltrack and $750 for the V6.

Touareg buy­ers have to find $800 ex­tra for the V6 diesel and $2000 for the V8.

Only the slow-sell­ing Jetta gets price re­lief — $1500 off the 118TSI and $3250 from the Com­fort­line. It also loses the 103 TDI Com­fort­line and quick 147TSI High­line. Else­where the Bee­tle, to date one of the few lo­cally sold VWs with ba­sic rear sus­pen­sion, now fea­tures the multi-link in­de­pen­dent setup of the su­per­seded Mark VI Golf.

There’s new paint too — “candy white”, if you like.

Next month the new Golf R and GTI Per­for­mance ver­sion ar­rive.

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