Hot on the heels of Volkswagen's Scirocco, the carmaker is to launch its new Golf here in the next few weeks.
Four engine options will be available locally, which includes one turbodiesel, while standard safety kit features ESP and seven airbags.
The entry-level model gets a 1.6-litre engine with a power output of 75kW and 148Nm. Next in line are two derivatives equipped with VW’s frugal 1.4-litre TSI, but with different outputs.
The base 1.4 TSI model, with an average fuel consumption of 6.2 litres/100km, offers 90kW and 200Nm, while its more powerful sibling kicks out 118kW and 240 Nm. The claimed average fuel consumption for the latter model is 6.3 litres/100km.
In turbodiesel guise the Golf's 2.0 TDI develops 103kW @ 4 000 r/min and 320 Nm @ 1 750 r/min while fuel consumption is 4.9 litres/100km.
The new GTI is expected to arrive in South Africa in the third quarter.
(Though pricing information is still secret, the outgoing Golf range starts at R217 000 – so make your own conclusions.)