The 309 was available as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback, but it really looks like a sedan; the hatch is only apparent when it is open. It may have seemed that the 309 was a replacement for the aging 305, but it was a much smaller vehicle and only a bit larger than a 205. Buyers in showrooms were probably (and rightfully) confused by the numbering scheme, but it sold in decent numbers and a few nice examples survive today.
Power in this GTI version comes from a 1.9 liter XU9 inline-4 that pushes out 130 horsepower...but the GTI spec also added a
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