2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Mazda3 5-Door

White 2018 Volkswagen Golf, VW Icon, and Grey 2018 Mazda3 5-Door

Do you want to buy a small car with a versatile hatchback design? We recommend the 2018 Volkswagen Golf. Still going strong after all of these years, the iconic Golf continues to impress with its pleasing driving characteristics, upscale interior, advanced technologies, and generous warranty coverage. Another popular compact hatchback is the Mazda3 5-Door. See how they stack up in this 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Mazda3 5-Door comparison.

The 2018 VW Golf offers the more powerful base engine: the turbocharged 1.8-liter TSI engine four-cylinder, which churns out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2018 Mazda3 produces only 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. With the Golf's lightweight chassis and electric-powered steering, drivers can enjoy excellent handling. The handling of the Golf — especially around curves and corners — is further enhanced by the XDS Cross Differential System.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf VS 2018 Mazda3 5-Door
170-hp Horsepower (Base Engine) 155-hp
199 lb-ft Torque (Base Engine) 150 lb-ft
52.7 cu-ft Maximum Cargo Capacity 47.1 cu-ft
6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty 3-years/36,000-miles basic; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain

What are the differences between the VW Golf and Mazda3 5-Door?

Another strength of the VW Golf is its surprisingly upscale interior, with a liberal use of high-quality materials throughout the cabin and many premium features. This includes chrome finish, power heated front seats, voice control, a leather shifter and handbrake, and V-Tex leatherette seats. The Golf also provides excellent storage capabilities, with a maximum cargo capacity of 52.7 cu-ft, compared to 47.1 cu-ft for the Mazda3.

When you buy a car, it's nice to have the peace of mind that it won't break down and leave you with expensive repairs. The 2018 Golf provides this peace of mind with its generous 6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper warranty. In comparison, the Mazda3 only has a 3-years/36,000-miles basic warranty and a 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty.


Front View of Blue 2018 Volkswagen Golf
TSI Turbocharged Engine in 2018 Volkswagen Golf
White 2018 Volkswagen Golf and City Skyline in the Background
Dashboard and Grey Front Seats in 2018 Volkswagen Golf