On sale in Europe for the some time, the seven-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf is about to hit U.S. showrooms.

Volkswagen announced pricing for the 2015 Golf range, which will start under $19,000, but just barely.

The company will kick off U.S. Golf sales with a Launch Edition model priced at $18,815, including destination. This model will be sold in limited numbers, and will only be available in the two-door body style with a five-speed manual transmission.

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Volkswagen Golf

The true bottom of the Golf range, then, will be the S model, which starts at $19,815 for a two-door, manual-transmission car. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can be substituted for $1,100

An automatic-only four-door model starts at $21,515, compared to $20,815 for a comparable 2014 Golf--the cheapest model available for the sixth-generation Golf's final year.

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Next is the Golf S with Sunroof, which is available only as a four-door with either  manual ($21,815) or automatic ($22,915) transmissions.

Buyers can add a $995 Lighting Package to that and get LED daytime running lights, LED reading lights, and an Adaptive Front-lighting System or Driver Assistance Package ($695), which includes a forward-collision warning system and park-distance control.

The gasoline Golf range--badged "TSI"--is completed by the mid-range SE model--which starts at $25,315--and the top SEL model ($27,815). Both are available only with four doors and automatic transmissions.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

All gasoline Golf models (excluding the sporty GTI) use the new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, which develops 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

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Meanwhile, the 2015 Golf TDI features a 2.0-liter turbodiesel version of the EA888, with 150 hp and 236 lb-ft. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic.

Available only as a four-door hatchback, the TDI will have a base price of $22,815 in base S form. The mid-range Golf TDI SE will start at $26,315, while the top TDI SEL will cost $28,815.

As with the gasoline Golf models, adding the DSG transmission to a Golf TDI costs $1,100.

The addition of the value-conscious TDI S lowers diesel prices somewhat. A base 2014 Golf TDI started at $26,020 in four-door, manual-transmission form.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf arrives in showrooms this July.

The 2015 e-Golf electric version will follow in November or December in electric-car-friendly markets, including California and several Northeastern states.


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