Call them hot hatches, pocket rockets, or whatever. But whatever their name, small performance cars are fun to drive and help preserve the bank account. This edition of Auction Dilemma takes a look at an example of Ford’s last breath and the Volkswagen flag bearer. Let’s see a 2018 Ford Fiesta ST at Doug DeMuro’s Cars & Bids and a 2019 Volkswagen GTI On ebay.
2018 Ford Fiesta ST
Ford’s decision to primarily pull out of the US passenger car business means all future Blue Oval hot hatches will likely be crossover based. So cars like the Fiesta ST might one day be as collectable as the early VW GTIs. This particular Fiesta ST has an abundance of aftermarket modifications that give it a distinct advantage over an stock model. With only 13,000 miles, the car is also nearly pristine (minus a few vendor-reported faults).
Power for this front driver comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to ECU tuning, upgraded exhaust, and other upgrades, it’s likely that this ST will do better than the 6.9 seconds it takes to hit 60 mph without the mods (according to Car and Driver). A six-speed manual transmission manages the power.
Living up to its low mileage is a perfectly-looking interior with eye-catching Recaro seats. Other perks include heated front seats, a power sunroof and a Sony audio system.
2019 Volkswagen GTI
This has been said before, but if there was a dictionary listing for “hot hatch”, a GTI image would accompany the words. And for enthusiasts, it’s refreshing, even heartwarming, that Volkswagen is still committed to the segment. This 2019 VW with 24,000 miles captures the modernity of a Golf Mk7 but still embraces the original GTI formula.
Unlike the Fiesta, this GTI uses an automatic transmission (a seven-speed DSG setup) that helps it outperform an stock Fiesta in acceleration. That means 5.8 seconds at 60 mph, says Car and Driver. A manual would add a half-second penalty. It’s not a huge difference between Ford and VW, especially with a stick. The GTI’s more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine (228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque) is undoubtedly held back by its greater size and weight.
This clean GTI is in the base S trim, so the cabin equipment is more standard. Heated front seats and a touchscreen are the only noticeable features beyond the typical air conditioning and electrical accessories.
Will the bids increase for these hot hatches?
Each car offers a different flavor of budget performance. With three days of auction, the Ford Fiesta ST has a current best bid of $ 12,500. The Volkswagen GTI auction has one day remaining and a high bid of $ 16,094.
Sources: carsandbids.com, ebay.com
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