Although dwarfed by the news of a new CEO for its American operations, Volkswagen did also announce a few slight tweaks in both content and pricing for its 2011 Golf and 2011 GTI models this morning.
In the market for an entry-level 2011 Volkswagen Golf? The two-door hatchback will start at $18,725 (including a $760 destination charge), which includes a 2.5-liter inline-five engine and five-speed manual transmission. The starting price is a $355 increase over the 2010 model. Like the 2010 model year, a TDI version with a 2.0-liter inline-four diesel engine is also available, although pricing hasn't been announced yet.
Those looking for a little more enjoyment behind the wheel will want to spring for the 2011 GTI, which carries an opening price tag of $24,450. Standard powertrain remains a 2.0-liter inline-four with 200 horsepower and a 207 pound-feet of torque, while transmission choices continue to include a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
All 2011 GTI models receive the so-called Detroit 18-inch aluminum wheels and Bluetooth phone connectivity -- two options we sprung for in our Four Seasons sample -- as standard equipment, but most other options (i.e. navigation, HID headlamps, etc.) remain unchanged.
All prices include a $760 destination charge.