Compare 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2010 Volkswagen Golf

2010 Mazda MAZDA3
2010 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,028 $17,105
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,586 $18,775
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,014 $22,445
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $18,721 $19,985
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,387 $15,345
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,236 $16,255
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,793 $17,925
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 21 29 $20,268 $21,645
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 21 29 $17,975 $19,185
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,480 $22,945
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,187 $20,485
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,851 $23,340
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 21 29 $20,734 $22,145
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 21 29 $18,441 $19,685
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
GTI 2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,885 $23,465
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic 23 30 $17,929 $18,720
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $17,929 $18,720
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $22,221 $23,255
Golf 2-Door HB Manual 22 30 $16,830 $17,620
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 22 30 $16,830 $17,620
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 41 $21,122 $22,155
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic 23 30 $18,512 $19,335
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $18,512 $19,335
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $22,794 $23,860
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 41 $21,695 $22,760
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,028
$22,984
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,105
$24,565
Monthly Payment Estimate
$285 / month
$409 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting. The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 93.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
180.7 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 11.26 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
17.1 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2928 3151
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 120
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
EFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.46
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 3.46
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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