We’ll start with the 2022 GTI. The base trim is an S, and it starts at $30,540 when paired with a manual transmission. Tack on the DSG dual-clutch automatic, and you’re looking at $31,340. The base car is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and “Scalepaper Plaid” heated seats. A few upmarket features can be found on the base car, including rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, wireless charging and VW’s full IQ Drive suite (driving assistance features). It also comes with VW’s older MIB3 infotainment system with an 8.25-inch touchscreen, not the new Discover Pro infotainment with its larger 10-inch touchscreen.
The middle trim is the SE, and it starts at $35,290 for the manual, or $36,090 for the DSG. This trim adds plenty of extra equipment, including a sunroof, adaptive (cornering) headlights and fog lights, illuminated front grille, keyless entry, Harman/Kardon audio, the 10-inch Discover Pro infotainment and road sign recognition. You also gain the option to add leather/cooled seats (cooled in front only) with a power driver seat for $1,225 extra. Additionally, glossy black-painted 18-inch wheels add $395.
A top-of-the-line Autobahn starts at $38,990 for the manual or $39,790 for the DSG. VW kept it under the $40,000 mark, but only barely. This model gets you some highly desirable options like 19-inch wheels with summer tires and VW’s DCC adaptive dampers. Unfortunately, it’s the only way to get those two performance options that we’d wager many buyers might want. In addition to these items, VW includes leather seats (cooled front and power driver’s seat), heated rear seats, leatherette interior trim, three-zone auto climate control, head-up display, auto high beams and Park Assist.
The 2022 Golf R is a simple one, as VW is only offering it in a single trim. However, we’ll start with some powertrain news. The manual transmission version of the Golf R will be down on torque versus the DSG. Both versions will make 315 horsepower from the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, but the manual will only have 280 pound-feet of torque instead of the 295 pound-feet sent through the DSG.
If you want the three-pedal model, that’ll run you $44,640, while the DSG costs $45,440. It only comes in a fully-loaded single trim, but that’s still a hefty price to pay for VW’s much-improved all-wheel-drive hot hatch. It comes equipped with all of the GTI Autobahn’s equipment and the requisite performance improvements we already know come with the Golf R. The optional equipment from the Euro performance pack is all standard in America, so don’t worry about missing out on the Drift and Nurburgring drive modes. Sadly, the optional Akrapovic exhaust available to European buyers won’t be available at launch — VW says it’s working on getting it federalized to U.S. standards.
VW says both the GTI and Golf R will hit dealers in the fourth quarter this year.
Breakdown of base prices and trims — add $800 to get the price w/DSG
- GTI S: $30,540
- GTI SE: $35,290
- GTI Autobahn: $38,990
- Golf R: $44,640