Compare 2020 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Mazda MAZDA3
2020 Volkswagen Golf
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2020 Mazda MAZDA3
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 35 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 28 36 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $35,802 $37,295
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $35,034 $36,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,219 $29,395
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $27,452 $28,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $31,675 $32,995
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,907 $32,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,565
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,500
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
N/A
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive. Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid, if stoic, choice among compact hatchbacks
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
- 41.2
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.1
Passenger Capacity
- 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
- 38.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 35.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
- 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
- 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
- 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
- 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 53.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.7
Brake Type
- 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
- NA
Brake ABS System
- 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 35.8
Steering Type
- Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- NA
Front Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
- Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3023
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
- 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- Compact
Rear Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Engine
Displacement
- 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
- Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
- NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 29
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Trans Type
- 8
Drivetrain
- Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 4.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Trans Order Code
- M8
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Trans Description Cont.
- Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 5.07
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
- Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
- Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
- Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 5.5
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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2020 Mazda MAZDA3
  • 2021 Mazda3 arriving; 2020s still on sale
  • $1,500 factory rebate on 2020s; $1,000 on 2021s
  • Lease a 2021 from $189 for 36 months
  • APR from 0% for 60 months + $500 bonus
2020 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2020 Golf is nearly sold out; 2021s expected soon
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts + $500 credit for select customers
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 60 months
  • Lease: No special offers again this month, which is unusual
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