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A year after it launched in Europe, Volkswagen is introducing the new 2015 Golf to America, with a base price of $18,815 including destination charges.

There are two powertrains available for the Golf along with both two- and four-door configurations. The car can be had with either a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that makes 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque or a four-cylinder turbo diesel that cranks out 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on most gasoline models, while a six-speed automatic is available. The diesel powered cars get a six-speed manual as standard, while a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is an available upgrade.

The base model, the two-door Golf Launch Edition, is fitted with the gas motor along with a manual transmission. Standard features include Bluetooth, a touchscreen radio setup, cloth seats with manual lumbar adjustment, power windows and power door locks along with air conditioning.

The next model is the Golf S, which starts at $19,815 for a two-door model, though the four-door begins at $21,515. This model add features such as VW Car-Net connected services, leatherette seats, leather-wrapped hand brake and shift knob, multifunction steering wheel and cruise control.

The midrange Golf SE model begins at $25,315, and can only be had as a four-door with an automatic transmission. This car gets 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated front seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights and more.

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The top of the line gasoline model, the Golf SEL, will sell for $27,815, and is fit with 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push button start, 12-way powered driver’s seat and ambient lighting with LED reading lights inside.

Diesel-powered models can only be had with four doors, though options mirror the three different packages available for the gas-engine cars, except in pricing. The cheapest diesel Golf you can buy is the TDI S Clean Diesel, which starts at $22,815, lowering the entry price to the diesel-powered cars by about $3,000. Moving up, the Golf TDI SE will sell for $26,315. At the top of the diesel-powered range, the Golf TDI SEL will sell for $28,815.

The new 2015 Golf will be built at the brand’s plant in Peubla, Mexico, and will hit dealership showrooms this August.
Read the complete story on the 2015 VW Golf pricing at AutoGuide.com
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