2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 VW Golf

Red 2019 Mazda3 Sedan on a Country Road vs Gray 2019 VW Golf on a City Street

A complete redesign has made the 2019 Mazda3 more attractive to car buyers than ever and armed with a power-packed engine, a bold style, innovative technology and much more, the Mazda-brand compact will leave the competition struggling to keep up. Learn more about the next-generation Mazda3 design, features and specs in this 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 VW Golf comparison.

Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the 2019 Mazda3 provides drivers with a level of versatility that the VW Golf cannot match. Family-friendly Mazda3 Sedan entries are available in four grades – Base, Select, Preferred and Premium – while the sporty Mazda3 Hatchback is available in three packages – Base, Preferred and Premium. Each Mazda3 entry makes room for five passengers in a cabin that provides 92.7 cubic feet of passenger space with 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space in sedan models and 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space in hatchback entries.

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2019 Mazda3 VS 2019 VW Golf
$21,000 Base Price $21,845
186-Horsepower 2.5-Liter SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 147-Horsepower 1.4-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
Sedan and Hatchback Body Styles Hatchback
8.8-Inch MAZDA CONNECT™ Touchscreen Standard Infotainment System 6.5-Inch VW Car-Net® Touchscreen

What Are the Differences Between the Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Golf?

Are you looking for a compact car that will deliver an exciting drive and next-level value? The Mazda3 will deliver on all counts in this 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 VW Golf comparison. Entry-level Mazda3 Sedan trim levels will start at $21,000 and promise incredible value at every turn with an 8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ touchscreen infotainment system, LED lighting systems, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch digital instrument display and more.

Base Mazda3 Hatchback packages start at the same level as the Mazda3 Sedan Select, start at $23,600 and add an impressive list of technology and features to create exceptional value. Highlights of the stock Mazda3 Hatchback include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting systems, a rear roof spoiler, dual-zone automatic climate control, the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, leather-trimmed sport seats and a suite of Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE® safety systems. Additional upgrades to the Mazda3 spec sheet include a 12-speaker Bose® premium sound system, a power sunroof, a color Head-Up Display, premium leather upholstery and adaptive headlights.

Elite power and performance specs promise to set the 2019 Mazda3 apart from many competitors. The Volkswagen hatchback employs a stock 147-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic and leaves a lot to be desired. When you upgrade to the Mazda3, you will enjoy the mechanical machinations of a 186-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine that can be paired with a six-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission and a six-speed SKYACTIV®-MT manual transmission exclusive to the Mazda3 Hatchback Premium. Armed with the automatic transmission, the Mazda3 will earn 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Available Mazda i-ACTIV AWD® is an added feature that sets the Mazda3 apart from its German-engineered competitor.


Overhead View of Gray 2019 Mazda3 Sedan and Red 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback
Gray 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Rear Exterior
Close Up of 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback MAZDA CONNECT Touchscreen with Apple CarPlay
2019 Mazda3 Front Seat Interior



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