Why Buy A Fiesta ST When You Can Have A Golf GTI?!

Can we call agree the Fiesta is great? Ok then, let’s move on.

Ok, Ok, yes we all know that the Fiesta ST is the endorsed enthusiast car of automotive journalist around the globe.  But that’s just because it’s an economy car that’s been properly hot rodded.  Drive it everyday, and it begins to start becoming just an economy car. The car that all enthusiasts are over looking is the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI with the performance package.  And the best part?  You can buy a 2016 Volkswagen GTI for the same price as a Ford Fiesta ST. Impossible, you say? Well then read on….

VW Golf GTI or Fiesta ST?
VW Golf GTI or Fiesta ST?

Is the GTI better than the Fiesta ST?

In every way possible. If you’re argument is that the Fiesta ST handles better, well then you are buying the wrong car.  Get a Mazda Miata, or Subaru BRZ.  The seventh generation Golf GTI has won just about every award possible, and even Jeremy Clarkson drives one.  The Volkswagen GTI is Car and Drivers #1 pick for sport compact cars, has been on Car and Drivers 10 Best List more than the Fiesta ST, and won the 2015 North American Car of the year.

The interior alone can persuade you into buying a GTI over a Fiesta ST.  The GTI comes with plaid seats that are actually comfortable. In a Fiesta ST it has seats that were designed not for people with shoulders. Keep in mind 99 percent of the driving you do is on the street.    

Just look at the interior of the Volkswagen Golf GTI
Just look at the interior of the Volkswagen Golf GTI

You’ll want a GTI, trust me….

The Fiesta is a great car, but the Golf GTI is just better, plain and simple.  And did you know that you can get brand new Volkswagen GTI’s for about the price of a new Ford Fiesta ST.  Dealers have been taking off as much as $5,000 off sticker price, and if you don’t trust Journalists or YouTubersTrueCar is saying on average there is a $4,000 discount on the GTI you want.  Which is, one with the plaid seats, a manual transmission, the lighting package, and the performance package.  All those goodies come at he bargain basement price of $21,300.   The TrueCar market value of a Fiesta ST is 20,995.  Yup, just $305 price difference.

The best and it's big brother
The best and it’s big brother the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen GTI has been carving up backroads before the Fiesta ST had braces – but I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one is better.

  1. I really want to disagree with this one too.

    But I can’t. The GTI is a fantastic car, and an unbelievably good daily driver. If we were talking weekend track toy plus DD, then I may have to give it to the Fiesta. But as it stands, I’d love to have that GTI.

  2. I’ve been seriously considering a Focus ST as my next daily driver. The GTI is a close contender. But the numbers, as you’ve laid them out here, nudges me toward the GTI. The Focus ST isn’t that much more expensive than the Fiesta ST, so everything you said still applies. When the time comes I’ll definitely have to test drive one – both manual and DSG.

    1. They do! Similar deals are available near me as well. But for me, it’ll probably be one VW at a time. 🙂

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