Volkswagen has sharpened the appeal of its brilliant GTi sports hatch.

Price cuts of up to $2000 and worthwhile extra features are part of the ambitious upgrades to the German make’s range.

The 2016 Model Year changes and price cuts – and a couple of price increases – span the Polo, Golf Jetta, Tiguan, Beetle and Scirocco models.

Volkswagen says the MY16 cars represent the most substantial package of upgrades in the make’s local history. Though its cars present a premium image, the maker wants mass-market sales.

It sold a record 32,000 vehicles in Australia in the first half of this year and, as globally, wants to be on the shopping lists of buyers more familiar with Toyotas, Mazdas, Hyundais and
other big-sellling brands.

Across-the-board standard upgrades are reversing cameras and interfaces for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, which allow all of a smartphone’s functions to be controlled via the new, bigger touchscreen and effectively mark the end of the simple compact disk entertainment system.

The manual Golf GTi is $1000 cheaper, at $40,990, and the GTi Performance comes down $2000 to $46,490. Both gain navigation, bi-xenon headlights and key-less ignition.

Similar enhancements appear in all the MY16 models arriving in showrooms in the coming weeks, but available to order immediately.