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Volkswagen Golf GTI wait times down to three months as stock returns to Australia


After a restriction was put in place on Golf due to a shortage of reversing cameras, there are 1300 fresh units of both Golf GTI and R-Line hatches headed to Australia

If you’re after a classic hot hatch, fresh supply of the Volkswagen Golf GTI is headed to Australia for the first time since December 2022. 

The same is true for the 180kW/370Nm GTI’s sibling, the sports-suspended 110kW/250Nm Golf R-Line hatch. The pair are priced at $55,490 and $40,490 respectively before on-road costs.

Good supply resuming for upmarket R-Line and GTI models

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf GTI front 3/4
The Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf GTI is back!

Late last year, Volkswagen were forced to put a pause on the Golf hatchback as reversing cameras were not able to be fitted to vehicles – a required-for-Australia feature according to its importer. 

Now tables have turned, with Volkswagen securing 1300 units of Golf GTI and R-Line for Australia. 

Both variants are now available to order “effective immediately” with short wait times of approximately three months.  

Volkswagen Golf R wagon 2022 drift
Orders are still closed for models such as the flagship Golf R

The news comes as supply gradually increases back to normal pre-COVID-19 levels. 

Several Golf models still unavailable for order 

Although supply has improved for the aforementioned Golf variants, the flagship Golf R remains off the order books. 

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Stock has improved for several VW models including the T-Cross

However, both the Golf R-Line and GTI will join the T-Cross, T-Roc and T-Roc R, Tiguan Allspace 132TSI and 162TSI Adventure, Arteon, Passat and Touareg in Volkswagen Australia’s push for better local supply. 

All of these models are either available for immediate delivery or are subject to a short three-month wait. 

Golf GTI to bring the fight back to Hyundai i30N

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Order books for the I30N are still closed

Volkswagen is set to benefit greatly from increased supply as Hyundai struggles to complete existing orders with its i30N hatch

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is fitted with a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

Meanwhile, Hyundai’s i30N also features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces outputs of 206kW/392Nm, however it’s also available with a manual transmission. 

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1300 Golf GTI and R-Lines are on their way to Australia

Interestingly, Hyundai has similarly paused orders for its i30N hatchback as it tries to catch up on existing orders, however it is likely to resume orders in the near future.

Volkswagen Golf 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Golf (base model) hatch: $35,190
  • Golf (base model) wagon: $36,890
  • Golf Life hatch: $37,490
  • Golf Life wagon: $39,490
  • Golf R-Line hatch: $40,490
  • Golf GTI hatch: $55,490
  • Golf R hatch: $66,990
  • Golf R wagon: $69,990