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Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 2021: detailed Australian pricing and specification

John Law

The Volkswagen Golf is perhaps the most venerable small car of all time, with upwards of 35 million units sold since its debut in 1974.

The 2021 Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf experienced delays on its way to Australia, but the small car has finally landed in dealerships priced from $29,350 plus on-road costs. 

Volkswagen has tweaked the Golf range in Australia with the Trendline replaced simply by the ‘Golf’, a move we’ve seen a lot from competitors including the revamped Hyundai i30.

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf Life
The Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf has landed in Australian showrooms.

Above the ‘Golf’ sits the Golf Life, with the R-Line representing the most loaded Golf before you reach the Golf R and GTI hot hatch models. 

Unsurprisingly, the Golf range is more expensive than before. At the affordable end, the new base model commands a $3,560 premium over the Mark 7.5 Trendline manual while the range-topping R-Line represents a $2,460 increase over the now-defunct Highline.

The Australian Mark 8 Golf Range

The new car packs in much more technology, however. For $29,350 (plus on-roads), Volkswagen fits niceties like a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, an 8.25-inch touchscreen and a leather-appointed steering wheel with shift paddles on automatic variants (a $2,600 extra for the base model, all other grades are auto only).

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf Life
Every Golf model gets a leather-appointed steering wheel and digtial driver’s display in Australia.

Those paddles control an eight-speed torque converter gearbox in Australian-spec Mark 8 Golf models. However, the 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine remains with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque sent to the front wheels.

Volkswagen claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.8L/100km for the eight-speed automatic and 6.0L/100km for manual cars.

Safety systems have been improved for the Mark 8 with the fitment of adaptive cruise control with stop & go, AEB with pedestrian, cyclist, junction and rear functionality, front and rear parking sensors and lane-keep assist across the range.

The Golf Life replaces the Comfortline for 2021

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf Life
The Mark 8 Golf gets all-new and rather futuristic alloy wheels designs.

Moving up to the mid-spec Golf Life nets attractive ‘Ventura’ 17-inch alloy wheels and keyless entry with illuminated door handles. Inside is a larger 10-inch touchscreen with navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also features touch-sensitive temperature controls.

The digital cockpit of the Golf Life also gains mapping capability and different ‘Comfort’ front seats with premium cloth upholstery for $34,250 plus on-road costs. The Life also adds a safe-exit warning function to the safety suite.

Volkswagen has finished the pictured Golf Life in a fetching Pomelo Yellow shade, which adds $900 to the price.

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf Life
The fetching (and rhyming) Pomelo Yellow hue will cost you an extra $900.

The R-Line sits at the top of the core Mark 8 Golf Range. Inside, it gets sports seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and carbon grey interior highlights, outside a set of 18-inch alloy wheels set off the muscular R-Line body kit. The R-Line is priced from $37,450 before on-road costs. 

Volkswagen offers options packs to enhance the Golf experience. The Sound & Vision pack (available on Life and R-Line grades) adds a Harman Kardon stereo and head-up display for $1,500.

The Comfort & Style package adds 30-colour ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof and microfleece upholstery to the Life grade for $2,000. Meanwhile, the sunroof can be optioned on its own by R-Line buyers for $1,800.

2021 Volkswagen Mark 8 Golf R-Line
R-Line buyers get 18-inch alloys and a muscular body kit.

The 2021 Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf range is on sale in Australia now.

Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 2021: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Golf Manual – $29,350
  • Golf Auto – $31,950
  • Golf Life Auto – $34,250
  • Golf R-Line Auto – $37,450
  • Metallic Paint – $600
  • Metallic Paint (R-Line) – $300
  • Premium Metallic Paint – $900