A €40,000 ($50,000) Golf (!)

In the EU, no one would think twice about this price tag. Some things are better over here.

However, it’s very pretty in the not-available-Stateside Minzgrün (though not enough to get us to sign on the dotted line).

The a la carte menu is extensive: European buyers can check-box a GTD well past this test car’s 41,727 euros (more than $52,000) sticker (source).

We’re so glad we’ve developed a taste for used cars, even with all the imperfections they entail and attention they so invariably demand. After all, for the cost of a new [non-US] Golf, you can get _______________ (fill in your own blank :)).

One of the rare moments we here in the States have something to rub in:

Compared to:

(As of this writing, $1.00 USD =  €0.77 = £0.62 = $0.96 AUD)

~ by velofinds on December 4, 2012.

22 Responses to “A €40,000 ($50,000) Golf (!)”

  1. “We’re so glad we’ve developed a taste for used cars, even with all the imperfections they entail and attention they so invariably demand. After all, for the cost of a new [non-US] Golf, you can get _______________ (fill in your own blank ).”

    Here here.

  2. And you don’t even know about the prices in Portugal….For the price of a new one in the US you’ll buy a used one here….that’s all.

    • I figured just about anywhere in continental Europe would be similarly expensive 😉

      • Not at all!! For instance: here in the Netherlands, next to Germany, we pay 34.000 euro for a brand new discounted VW Golf GTI. Discounted because it’s old stock, seeing we already have the Golf mk7 on sale here. All thanks to our dutch tax system….

  3. Yes, US customers pay far less for cars (along with many other products) than European customers. There’s a dark side to that – we get far fewer choices (both in models and options). It’s a balance.

    • I am inclined to accept that trade-off..

      • I’m generally OK with that trade-off also. The reality is that the European driving environment is substantially different than the US driving environment, and many cars that make sense there simply don’t make sense here, and visa versa.

      • agreed. too much choice is just as bad as not enough. trying to configure a new car is a bewildering exeperience.

  4. Does it upset anyone that the icons for the 2.0 TSI engine on the Australian website is clearly a longitudinally positioned V8?

  5. Most newer VWs I’ve seen out here (California) are made to lower standards with poorer interior finishes than their Euro counterparts. That’s why they’re cheaper. The Jetta is probably the biggest disappointment with its rock-hard-plastic dashboard and drum brakes(!) on the rear.
    Would be interested to know where they might have cut corners on the US Golf.

    • Good point about the Jetta, Neil— that really is a car for the US market.

      I might be mistaken, but I believe there has been decidedly less corner-cutting with the Golf.

      • In 2008/2009 I was working at a Tier 1 automotive supplier, Faurecia. We had won the business for what would become the current Passat. It was actually in the Volkswagen documents that they were looking to dramatically reduce cost (and with it perceived quality) on the IP, Door Panels and Seats. They had pointed out that the current (at the time) Passat was so far ahead of the fusion, camry, accord, malibu, avenger, sebring that it was competing with in the US market. I only point this out to reassure you that it is deliberate on VW’s part.

        • Not at all unusual to hear a manufacturer say they want to “dramatically reduce cost,” but it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to *want to* reduce “perceived quality.” They might be willing to tolerate some loss in the perception of material quality if they feel it will still be above what their competition is offering, but this would be a risky proposition considering interior material quality has been a VW selling point in the US market (and elsewhere) for years.

      • The US-market Jetta and Passat are different cars than the Euro-market models of the same names (despite very similar appearances). According to VW, the US versions have been designed to better fit American requirements.

        Based on sales numbers, it appears they achieved their goal. However, one of those American requirements is low cost, and it has been widely reported that material quality – particularly in the Jetta – has been sacrificed to manage costs. Caveat emptor, I guess.

      • After driving both the American and European market cars, I agree that VW is “adjusting” their standards for the US market. While the US versions have lost some of what makes a VW special, it appears many mainstream buyers don’t miss it (or, more likely, never appreciated it in the first place).

  6. What is that E-Type looking goddess that’s in the header today? Are E-Types really that small?

  7. This car would be an interesting candidate to replace my MKV GTI, but it will not be available here in Canada 😦

    What I will do… take a used MKVI TDI Golf and put somme add-on like a GTI interior & GTI suspension/sway bars (really cheap on VW forums) bough the front cover bumper, a ECU mapping (Unitronics) and voila… a wannabe GTD for a lot less than the real thing

    • i’d keep yr mk5 gti and wait for the mk7 golf, mk6 was in many ways a step backwards from mk5.

  8. cheaper cars yes…..but the EU prices are with VAT included and without our almost 9% tax for example in NY. We get a PITIFUL array of european cars in the US market with minimal options and variations. I would gladly pay extra money to buy some of the cars we do not get.

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