This Weeks Retro-ish Car Is The Volkswagen Golf GTI MK 1

Volkswagens Defining Hot Hatch Is This Weeks Retro-ish Car Of The Week

2y ago

The Volkswagen Golf GTI MK 1 is one of the greatest and best documented Hot Hatches to ever grace the market, thought of as the spiritual father of todays hot hatchbacks, the Golf GTI is VWs true heritage. The MK 1 Golf has become one of the most desired passenger vehicles VW has ever made due to it's incredibly raw characteristics and simple but very stylish looks. The MK 1 GTIs came with a 1.8 litre engine which pushed out an incredible 112 bhp, which wouldn't turn any heads by todays standards however for a hatchback in the 80s was a truly incredible feat. Along with this the GTI was a featherweight, weighing in at 840kg this gave it the potential to do a 0-60 run in as little as 8 seconds, trumping cars of today such as the much revered Ford Fiesta 1.0 ecoboost, an utterly mind numbing thought. The car had came with awful brakes, a characteristic that most 80s cars came with, and very heavy steering for such a light car however the heavy steering gave the driver actual legit steering feel, unlike the artifical kind we get in todays vehicle. All this combined meant that the driver was always on the rugged edge of their seat, praying the car slowed down in time to make the corner, this gave it its well documented raw feel. The MK1 Golf GTI really was a handful and a true drivers car.

In The Market For One?

After having a quick scan of the internet we found a fair few on the market, you'd be looking at shelling out just under £10,000 for a good condition MK 1 GTI with around 50,000 miles on the clock. When buying a MK 1 GTI one thing to look out for is dreaded rust, with these cars being over 30 years old there is the high possibility of the underside of the car being riddled with rust. However if you can manage to purchase a relatively low mile model with little to no rust you really will be in the money and for one hell of a ride.


The MK 1 Golf GTI the spiritual godfather of the hot hatchback market, let us know what you'd rate the GTI out of 5!

The VW Golf GTI MK 1 is the defining car in VWs long and illustrious history, with most current GTI models holding there price around the mark of the Golf R, a spectacular achievement when you consider the Golf R is a higher spec model. The MK 1 GTI truly is the founding father of today's current hot hatchbacks setting the bar for a spectacular car incredibly high!

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Comments (10)

  • Had one myself!

    Was the first car I paid for myself.

    Was very nimble by todays' standards.

      2 years ago
  • These cars are still great craic to peddle up winding country roads. Ditto for the then pretender to the throne the Peugeot 205 Gti(though the latter would snap away easier). Like you say they were definitely raw and had a lot of "feel" and the pleasure of an actual steel cable between your foot and the throttle.

    Forgetting about safety in a crash(they barely had any), even if built to modern safety standards there's no chance you could sell a car like those to the mainstream today. You could say that about the various "hot" cars of the 90's too. For most drivers what "raw" feels like in today's cars is a world away from back then and people want their satnavs, big screens, comfort modes and all the other toys. One of the closest to that these days might be the new Alpine. They obsessed about every gramme of weight for a start.

      2 years ago
    • Cars aren’t and we imagine will not ever be made with this raw driver feel again, it truly was the best in class in our opinion

        2 years ago
  • Set the benchmark for hot hatchbacks

      2 years ago
  • An honest car that was able to punch above its weight. 5/5!

      2 years ago
  • Another over hyped German car designed by an Italian, in a factory started by a Brit...

      2 years ago
    • Even though we agree that it is very overhyped and very well documented it still is a beautiful little car

        2 years ago