Volkswagen Golf vs Mazda 3

Hatchback, 5-door, compact car: These are all terms used to describe the Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda3. But, in addition to their space-saving exterior measurements and their ample interior dimensions, what makes these vehicles so great?

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine, we wrote this comparison to answer that very question for drivers in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach areas. Here’s some information about the power, fuel economy, and intelligent safety systems of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda3.

Engine: Horsepower, Torque, and Efficiency

The standard engine for the Volkswagen Golf is a 1.8L turbo. This powerful beast generates 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque for optimal acceleration, exhilaration, and performance. The good news is that it doesn’t deliver such an energetic driving experience at the expense of efficiency. It gives fuel economy ratings of up to 25 city MPG and 36 highway MPG.*

On the other hand, you have the Mazda3. Although it’s also a very fuel-efficient car, it can’t match the engine output of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine produces just 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. In other words, it’s hardly the sporty ride that you’ve come to expect from Volkswagen.


Safety: Volkswagen Golf vs Mazda3

What’s more important than horsepower, torque, and efficiency? The safety of you, your family, and your friends. If a car can’t protect what’s most important, then it’s worthless.

The Volkswagen Golf is renowned for its safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2016 model a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.† While the government isn’t right about everything, they were surely right in this instance.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf has garnered so many top awards because of its safety-conscious construction and smart safety systems. It’s engineered with special high-strength steel, a rigid safety cage, and strategically placed crumple zones. Coupled with its Tire Pressure Monitoring System, its Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and its Intelligent Crash Response System, these features will potentially save the lives of both you and your beloved passengers.

The 2017 Mazda3 is also a well-designed vehicle that’s focused on safety. However, without systems that are comparable to the Volkswagen’s software, we’re not confident in its ability to help in the aftermath of an accident. If there’s one thing we know about cars, and about life, it’s that it’s never worth it to compromise on safety technology.

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Today

After reading this article, if you’d like to test drive the 2017 Volkswagen Golf, just reach out to us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine. Our team is happy to give our customers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach the opportunity to test drive this cool hatchback.

Call, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom today to schedule your test drive of the Volkswagen Golf.

*25 city/36 highway MPG (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8L engine, 5-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and will depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

†Government star ratings are part of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (