2017 Volkswagen Golf vs 2017 Mazda3

Competition is the root of all success and without a little friendly competition we would still be using kerosene lamps to light our house. Volkswagen has never backed down from the fiercest competition and the Mazda3 5-Door is the stiffest competition available. Both the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door offer the versatility of the rear hatchback door and deliver a sporty and agile driving performance. With exterior styling that sets them apart from the field, we will dive into the differences between the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Versus 2017 Mazda3 5-Door
1.8L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder
170 Horsepower 155
36 MPG Highway Engine Efficiency 37 MPG Highway
52.7 Cubic Feet Cargo Room 47.1 Cubic Feet

The graph above lays out the main drivetrain specs and available cargo room of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door.

Style & Safety

While the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door does deliver very slightly better fuel efficiency, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf’s standard engine rips out substantially more horsepower and offers more cargo volume as well. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door have long flowing body lines that seamlessly transition into the rear hatchback door, giving them a long and lean appearance. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door both have appealing exterior styling, but the 2017 Golf has a slightly shorter front hood and a more abrupt rear end that affords it with a more spacious interior. Not only does the 2017 Volkswagen Golf have more available cargo room than the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door but it also offers more rear passenger headroom as well.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door have a host of standard safety features like, advanced airbags and seatbelts, blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning system. Safety systems such as these helps to prevent an accident all together and keep everyone inside safe if the unfortunate does occur. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf takes it one step further than the 2017 Mazda3 with its Intelligent Crash Response System which deactivates the fuel pump, turns on the hazard lights and even unlocks the doors for emergency responders. Along with its use of high-strength steel in the body panels and rigid safety cage that surrounds all of the occupants, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf earned a 5-Star Safety Rating by the NHTSA and a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf offers more advanced safety features and superior cargo and passenger versatility than the 2017 Mazda3 5-Door. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf isn’t afraid of the competition and invites you to check out the 2017 Mazda3, and then experience the difference inside the 2017 Volkswagen Golf. You can even schedule a test drive of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf online for your convenience.

Drivers cockpit view of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf
Profile view of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf's interior seats
Looking from the outside into the 2017 Volkswagen Golfs moonroof
Man loading the rear cargo hold of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf