Now, the tough question: which one will you choose? Remember, the base Golf is not returning to Canada.
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2022 Golf GTI
Available in nine different body colours including Kings Red Metallic pictured here, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at $31,495 with the six-speed manual transmission and $32,895 with the seven-speed DSG. It features 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights as well as signature plaid cloth sport seats with integrated front head restraints. An eight-inch infotainment screen is paired with the 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro.
The entry-level GTI can be optioned with a panoramic sunroof and larger 18-inch wheels as part of a package for $1,350.
Next up is the GTI Autobahn, which costs $34,995 with the manual gearbox and $36,395 with the DSG. This one adds standard 18-inch wheels, adaptive front lighting, illuminated grille, 10-inch infotainment screen with navigation, voice control and Dynamic Road Sign Display. There’s a package priced at $1,800 that includes a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires and a 480-watt harman/kardon premium audio system.
Finally, the top-line GTI Performance retails from $38,995 (manual) or $40,395 (DSG). It comes out of the box with 19-inch wheels on summer performance tires, adaptive dampers, Vienna leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, harman/kardon premium audio, head-up display and parking assistant. Once again, the panoramic sunroof is optional. It will cost you an extra $1,250.
All 2022 Golf GTI models boast a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection TSI engine that now produces 241 horsepower—up 13 from the outgoing generation—and 273 pound-feet of torque. Power is distributed to the front wheels and an electronically controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential comes standard.
2022 Golf R
Meanwhile, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R comes in a single trim level priced at $44,995 for the manual transmission and $46,395 for the DSG. Aside from a choice of three body colours including Lapiz Blue Metallic, the only other option is a panoramic sunroof at $1,250.
The features are roughly similar to those on the most expensive Golf GTI, except with distinctive elements such as blue-painted brake callipers and matte aluminum trim. Further highlights include a two-piece rear spoiler, Nappa leather sport seats and a sport steering wheel with buttons for the additional drive modes.
The gorgeous 19-inch wheels are wrapped in summer performance tires and controlled by a new R-Performance 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that can precisely distribute up to 100 percent of the rear torque to an individual rear wheel. The Golf R now makes 315 horsepower—27 more than the previous generation—and either 280 or 295 pound-feet of torque (not 310 as previously reported) depending on whether the manual or DSG transmission is selected.