I am sure some have grown- I remember trying on more than one 80s hatchback only to realize my knee didn't fit between the steering wheel and door.
I owned a Ford Fiesta 1st generation way back in my college years. It was a great car for the early 1980’s. If memory serves correctly, the interior was similar in size to a modern Fiesta; which was snug for my 6’4” body. The exterior has grown on the new models, but it is still a small car.
I feel like I see a lot of comments where people seem to talk about the growth of modern cars like it's a big negative. In reality, the inside space is very similar to the model's history. Yes the exterior gets bigger but that's more for safety and such versus just trying to purposely make the car bigger and bigger. Don't get me wrong, vehicles like the CRV grew out of their class and were then replaced with a new model.I am sure some have grown- I remember trying on more than one 80s hatchback only to realize my knee didn't fit between the steering wheel and door.
That doesn't happen today.
Footprint may not have grown much.. but they are quite a bit taller now.
And 10000x safer.
I remember checking out a friend's 2020 Outback and thinking that it wasn't much bigger on the inside than my 1996 Outback. There's definitely a lot more material between the interior and exterior though. Pillars and sills are so much thicker compared to the razor thin metal on the '96.