|2015 Volkswagen Golf||2015 Mazda3|
|1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder||Base Engine||SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4-cylinder engine|
|200 lb-ft||Torque||150 lb-ft|
|22.8 cu. ft.||Cargo Space||20.2 cu. ft.|
2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda3
The hatchback design is gaining in popularity every year, with practical shoppers realizing the benefits that come with these compact cars. Two leaders in the segment pit together in this 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda3 comparison, with Volkswagen having the advantage with decades of design innovation put into its newest model year. There’s no use denying one of the main factors most shoppers consider is their bank account, and the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is slightly gentler, coming in with a starting MSRP of $17,995 compared to $18,945 for the Mazda3.
Though the price difference isn’t considerable, another factor that plays a major role in the decision-making process is typically engine options. The 2015 Mazda3 comes with two engine options, with the base only achieving 155-horsepower, with an optional 184-horsepower option. The gasoline-powered VW Golf sits in between these two numbers with a 170-horsepower engine, making it much more impressive than the base Mazda3, especially when factoring the already lower price. Those wishing to upgrade to the more powerful engine option in the Mazda3 will find the price jumps to $24,345, pushing it far above the cost of the Golf.
Advantages of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf
While the Mazda3 certainly hasn’t earned a reputation for a poor driving style, it also doesn’t match what the 2015 Volkswagen Golf has to offer. The Golf not only features premium materials in the interior which make it ideal for both the daily commute and longer road trips, but it also has received higher marks all-around from critics regarding the actual feel of driving it. Smooth gear shifts, lively acceleration and strong brakes all combine to create an experience that is almost more fun than it is practical. Almost.
Driving style aside, the Volkswagen Golf also offers more cargo space, which is one of the major selling points of the hatchback design. It may not sound like much for a vehicle to have just 2.6 additional cubic feet of cargo, but when it comes to fitting that extra bag of groceries or that bulky TV that is a risky buy for the size of the car, extra space is always appreciated.
Think the 2015 Volkswagen Golf may be the right choice for you? Taking a test drive never hurts, so schedule online or stop by New Century Volkswagen today.