Compare 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda MAZDA3

2015 Volkswagen Golf
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2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,171 $29,345
4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 $29,131 $30,345
2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 $30,187 $31,445
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 25 37 $22,814 $23,845
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 26 35 $23,290 $24,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,816 $24,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,961 $25,045
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,296 $25,395
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,438 $25,545
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,963 $26,095
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,443 $26,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,455
$16,474
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$16,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$282 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun. The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 35.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 96.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
167.5 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
52.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
22.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2901 2781
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 -
Engine
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 29
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.38
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.36
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.30
Trans Type
5 6
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.68
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 (Est) 5.4
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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