HERNDON, Virginia – The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback starts at $25,815 for the base S two-door model with a six-speed manual transmission, reflecting a $210 price increase over the 2015 model.
Pricing includes an $820 destination charge.
The base 2016 Golf GTI four-door model with a manual transmission is priced at $26,415, including shipping, also for a $210 increase.
The top-of-the-line 2016 Golf GTI Autobahn four-door model with a six-speed automatic transmission is priced at $32,055, including shipping. It is $90 more expensive than the previous top-of-the-line Golf GTI.
On sale now at Volkswagen dealerships, the Golf GTI was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year.
Minimal upgrades for 2016 include a new standard rearview camera and infotainment systems with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect.
An updated Driver Assistance package is priced at $1,495 and includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear-traffic alert, park-distance control and park-steering assistant.
Other options include a $995 Lighting package that bundles bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and an adaptive front-lighting system.
A $1,495 Performance package adds larger brakes, a torque-sensing electronically controlled limited-slip differential and a 10 horsepower boost to the standard 210-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Key Golf GTI rivals include the Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Si and Subaru WRX STI.
Edmunds says: A modest price increase on the carryover 2016 Golf GTI should not put the brakes on car shoppers in the market for a hot hatch.