Compare 2017 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Mazda MAZDA3
2017 Volkswagen Golf
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $18,084 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 27 37 $17,080 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 28 37 $20,568 $21,495
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 27 37 $19,564 $20,445
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Automatic 26 35 $23,864 $24,945
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 33 $22,862 $23,895
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $19,278 $20,145
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Manual 27 37 $18,275 $19,095
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Automatic 26 35 $22,431 $23,445
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Manual 25 33 $21,429 $22,395
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Automatic 28 37 $21,284 $22,245
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1.8T 4-Door S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.8T 4-Door S Automatic 25 35 $20,155 $20,995
Golf 1.8T 4-Door S Manual 25 36 $19,099 $19,895
Golf 1.8T 4-Door SE Automatic 25 35 $24,427 $25,445
Golf 1.8T 4-Door SEL Automatic 25 35 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 1.8T 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition Automatic 25 35 $21,761 $22,795
Golf 1.8T 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition Manual 25 36 $20,705 $21,595
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $25,873 $26,950
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 22 32 $24,817 $25,850
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $29,308 $30,530
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 22 32 $28,252 $29,430
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $31,575 $32,890
Golf GTI 2.0T 2-Door S DSG 24 32 $25,051 $26,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 2-Door S Manual 24 34 $23,995 $24,995
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $33,707 $35,195
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Automaticbahn Manual 24 34 $32,651 $34,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door S DSG 24 32 $25,627 $26,695
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door S Manual 24 34 $24,571 $25,595
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door SE DSG 24 32 $30,611 $31,990
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door SE Manual 24 34 $29,555 $30,890
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Sport DSG 24 32 $27,931 $29,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Sport Manual 24 34 $26,875 $27,995
Golf R 4-Door DSG 23 30 $35,285 $36,755
Golf R 4-Door DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $38,768 $40,475
Golf R 4-Door Manual 22 31 $34,229 $35,655
Golf R 4-Door Manual w/DCC/Nav 22 31 $37,712 $39,375
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 25 34 $21,773 $22,680
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 30 $23,932 $24,930
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 25 35 $20,718 $21,580
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 32 $22,877 $23,830
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SE Automatic 25 34 $25,948 $27,030
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SEL Automatic 25 34 $28,772 $29,970

Volkswagen Golf vs. Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Among the growing plethora of compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf is the endurance champ, now more than 40 years old over seven generations. While the Mazda 3 is only on its third generation, Mazda has sold other small hatchbacks, so both are contenders of long standing on the sporty end of the small-car scale.

You'll immediately recognize the VW Golf, whose shape remains true to its upright origins as the 1974 VW Rabbit. It's a handsome, rectilinear hatchback, slightly larger than previous generations and better integrated than the model it succeeded. The Mazda 3 is far swoopier, with a long hood and a "cab-back" style that truncates the cabin and makes its proportions distinct from any other small car.

 

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,149
$20,155

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,195
$20,995

Monthly Payment Estimate

$403 / month
$350 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.3
6.5

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car. There's a Golf for nearly every taste and need—Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen— and don't forget about the EV eGolf, which is very balanced and fun to drive.

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Fuel Economy

City

27 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 35 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

96.3 93.5

Second Hip Room (in)

53.5 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.2 55.9

Second Head Room (in)

37.5 38.1

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.4 53.9

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 41.2

Front Hip Room (in)

55.5 -

Second Leg Room (in)

35.8 35.6

Front Head Room (in)

37.6 38.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.2 61

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.1 5.4

Length, Overall (in)

180.3 167.5

Height, Overall (in)

57.3 57.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.4 59.8

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 103.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 70.8

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.4 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 22.8

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 52.7

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.6 11.3

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 10.7

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 13.2

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 35.8

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P215/45WR18 P195/65HR15

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/45WR18 P195/65HR15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3100 3023

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 15 X 6

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 15 X 6

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 140

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 480

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

185 @ 3250 199 @ 1600

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 1.8 L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

184 @ 5700 170 @ 4500

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 35

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 25

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.55 4.46

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.39 3.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 1.56

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.71 0.85

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.89 3.19

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 2.51

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.14

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.60 0.67

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Volkswagen Golf

Body Style

Sedan Hatchback

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.8 6.1

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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