What’s the modern-day spiritual successor to the MkI Golf (Rabbit) GTI?

We think it’s the Ford Fiesta ST. Adjusted for inflation, the GTI’s $8,350 in 1984 is roughly $18,800 today. The Ford Fiesta ST lists at $21,400.

If we were in the market for a brand new small, affordable hot hatch (note: we aren’t), the Fiesta ST would probably be the one to buy, as in many ways the latest GTI has matured its way out of the segment.

What a great new car purchase this would make.

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~ by DL on February 7, 2014.

5 Responses to “What’s the modern-day spiritual successor to the MkI Golf (Rabbit) GTI?”

  1. Luckily, I was in the market for a hot hatch and selected the Abarth. Because noise. =) Though I admit the Fiesta beats the Abarth in every empirical way.

  2. Agree wholeheartedly. I’ve been waiting anxiously for the ST to appear in Canadian showrooms, though hoping for it as a complement to and not a replacement of my (admittedly slower) E30.

    The Abarth is the other top contender- mostly, as in Rod’s case, for the incredible noise factor.

  3. The Renault Clio is the closest thing today to the Rabbit GTI. Too bad it’s not available in the USA.

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