Powered by
Subscribe to the only car newsletter you’ll ever need

Car news, 30 May ’24: BMW M3 gets more power, fully loaded Golf GTI now under $60,000 driveaway and more


Every important car news story breaking today, one convenient read

Thanks for joining us this Thursday 30th of May 2024. Notably in car news today: BMW has updated and enhanced its 3 Series range and Volkswagen has bolstered the value of its Golf GTI hot hatch.

Browse this issue:

BMW M3 and broader 3 Series range updated

  • The BMW 3 Series range, including the M3, has been updated, with pricing to be announced in July before deliveries arrive in Q4 of this year.
  • All models score redesigned headlights and other exterior touches, along with BMW Operating System 8.5 and other interior tweaks.
  • The M3 Competition sedan/Touring have had power outputs boosted by 15kW to 390kW/650Nm, shortening the 0-100km/h time to 3.5 and 3.6 seconds respectively.
  • The base 353kW/550Nm manual-equipped M3 remains part of the 3 Series lineup, along with the 330i and 340i xDrive grades in the regular lineup.

Volkswagen Golf GTI now priced from $59,990 driveaway

  • Volkswagen Australia has announced the Golf GTI will now come with a national driveaway price of $59,990 driveaway, representing what it says is a $7990 price reduction over a full loaded model previously
  • This is due to the fact that Luxury and Sound and Style packages, costing $4000 and $2600 respectively, have now been made standard. Previously this would have cost roughly $67,980 driveway.
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2022 front 3/4
  • The eight-generation Golf GTI arrived with a big price hike in 2021, however sales doubled in 2023 vs 2022 backed by greater supply, with the latest move designed to further the momentum
  • It’s the latest Volkswagen to score a price cut after the facelifted Touareg was introduced with a range-wide price cut and the outgoing Tiguan Allspace received a similar discount.

BMW 5 Series range adds 540d xDrive in Australia

  • BMW has added another new grade to the 5 Series lineup in the 540d xDrive, which is due to arrive in Q4 this year after the i5 M60 xDrive Touring arrives in Q3
  • The 540d xDrive is the first diesel in the new-generation 5 Series lineup and the second combustion offering alongside the petrol 520i.
  • Powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine and a 48v mild hybrid system, the 540d xDrive produces 223kW/670Nm and sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
  • The M Sport package will come fitted as standard, bringing 20-inch alloy wheels and other exterior touches, leather merino upholstery and a 655-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system will also feature.

Citroen C5 X Plug-in Hybrid priced for Australia

  • Citroen Australia has announced the C5 X will start from $73,990 before on-roads in Australia, with a WLTP-tested electric range of 60km
  • Reflecting a $16,320 upcharge over the petrol model, the PHEV will be available to order exclusively from the factory and first deliveries will arrive in Q4 this year
  • The C5 X PHEV represents Citroen’s first electrified vehicle locally and produces a combined 165kW/360Nm from a 133kW 1.6L turbo-petrol engine and an 81kW motor
  • The 12.4kWh battery is capable of AC charging from 0 to 100 percent in three hours and 41 minutes on a 7.4kW charger, or just under six hours on a normal household plug.

Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI 2024 reviewed

  • Chasing Cars production specialist Tom Place’s review of the facelifted 2024 Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI was published, with the large SUV now better equipped and featuring a lower price than before.
  • Priced from $86,790 before on-road costs, the Touareg has a luxurious interior and drive experience, while representing much better value than the before, sitting circa-$5,000 above a Ford Everest Platinum and circa–$13,000 below a Toyota Prado Kakadu
Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI 2024 thumbnnail
  • The standard steel sprung suspension is a bit firm at times however and the lack of a full-size spare may trouble its touring capability
  • For those who want to travel up to 1400km on a single tank and do so in comfort, the 2024 Touareg 170TDI is a good choice

READ: Link to written review

WATCH: Link to YouTube video

The next issue of Car News Today will be published on Thursday 31st May at 4.30pm Sydney time.