• South Africa received the VW Golf in GTI spec from the second-generation.
• The eighth-generation GTI is set to be launched locally in 2021.
• The cheapest GTI currently advertised on the Autotrader website is listed for R69 900.
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There was once a time when petrolheads could pick up a brand-new Volkswagen Golf GTI for a little over R200 000.
Those times of pre-Covid-19, flattened inflation, and affordable performance cars have long since passed, with the price of vehicles in general skyrocketing and thus making it very challenging for the average Joe to buy something fast right out the box.
Fortunately, all is not lost because the pre-owned market provides a cheaper alternative, though one of the most significant factors is to be mindful of is high mileage.
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Having scoured through the Autotrader dealer classifieds, there are a number of examples listed across the country, with the cheapest one - a fifth-generation model - priced at R69 900 at a dealership in Cape Town.
Using Autotrader's finance calculator, for a car with a purchase price of R69 900, someone can expect to pay around R1 400 over 60 months with no deposit.
Many might shy away from a high-mileage example and pay more for lower km, but for someone else, it might represent their first taste of speed and one that suits their pocket, despite the possible maintenance risk.
The fact is that any pre-owned performance car has been 'driven in' by its previous owner(s). The best way in which to cover oneself is to opt for extended mechanical warranties, and doing a roadworthy test before purchase.
Local petrolheads continue to wait for the imminent arrival of the eighth-generation GTI to go on sale. Local pricing has been confirmed from R669 300.
No matter the generation, VW's Golf GTI is a popular fixture locally and for those looking for one under R100 000, here are the cheapest models currently in the country: