2017 Volkswagen Golf vs 2017 Mazda3

When buying a compact car, you'll have two options. You can either get a hatchback or a sedan. The Mazda3 is one model that is actually offered in both configurations, but when matching up the 2017 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2017 Mazda3, does Mazda's option in the segment hold up? We wanted to help you find out.

Though the VW Golf is only offered in hatchback form, it plays the role of hatchback extremely well. For instance, it provides significantly more cargo space than the 2017 Mazda3 in either hatchback or sedan form. A sedan may be fine for some drivers, but if you're even considering the possibility that you may need more cargo space, then you'll definitely be glad you chose a hatchback with plenty of room in that area.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf VS 2017 Mazda3
Hatchback only Sedan or Hatchback Offered in both variations
Up to 52.7 cu ft Cargo Up to 47.1 cu ft (hatchback)
170 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque Standard Engine Specs 155 hp, 150 lb-ft of torque
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Not available

Differences Between the 2017 VW Golf and the 2017 Mazda3

To be fair, both the Mazda3 and the Golf are well engineered to provide a sporty and thrilling driving experience. But, when you take a look at the standard power plant under the hood, it's clear the Golf delivers more power when looking at the standard equipment for each model. To get more torque in the Mazda3, buyers should expect to face an MSRP of at least $23,445.

Another important standard feature found in the 2017 Golf is its App-Connect system, which gives you access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You won't find these infotainment options in the Mazda3. Moreover, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with premium-level amenities like heated side mirrors and a rearview camera system.

Though we can't compare every feature between the 2017 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2017 Mazda3, if you'd like to learn more, just contact us at Stokes Volkswagen. We would also be happy to set you up with some time behind the wheel of any of our Volkswagen models.

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