2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Mazda 3

When it comes to new vehicles, hatchbacks have been rising in popularity these days. This isn’t surprising considering the impressive versatility of the hatchback style plus the new features and updated performance you find in many models. This rise in popularity also leads to a rise in models, which means a harder decision for those considering purchasing a hatchback. If you’re interested in a hatchback, two of the leading models you may be considering are the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3. Both are great vehicles with a lot to offer, but which one is the right choice?

Let’s take a look at the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Mazda 3 to see just how these two hatchbacks compare. First off, there are a few similarities between the Golf and Mazda 3. Both have a similar design, that of a hatchback, but more sport oriented. Each vehicle can also be equipped with state-of-the-art-features, like driver assistance systems. Both vehicles have a lot going for them, but only one can come out ahead. Below we’ll look at some key differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf and 2016 Mazda 3.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf VS 2016 Mazda 3 5-Door
1.8-liter, 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder
170 hp / 184 lb.-ft. of torque Power Ratings 155 hp / 150 lb.-ft. of torque
MIB II System and App-Connect Infotainment Mazda Connect
22.8 cu. ft. / 52.7 cu. ft. Cargo Volume / Max Cargo Volume 20.2 cu. ft. / 47.1 cu. ft.

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf Surpasses the 2016 Mazda 3

In the few areas where the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3 are different, each vehicle has its own benefits. For instance, the Mazda 3 has a little better fuel economy ratings than the VW Golf, but the Golf has better performance specifications than the Mazda 3. Looking at these aspects, it can simply come down to which is more important to you, power or efficiency. The Mazda 3 has a little more space for passengers but the VW Golf has more space for cargo, both with the rear seats up and folded down. Again, you can decide which aspect is more important to you.

One area where the 2016 Volkswagen Golf does completely surpass the 2016 Mazda 3 is in the vehicle’s connectivity. The new Golf is equipped with both the MIB II infotainment system as well as VW Car-Net App-Connect, which has cutting-edge smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink functionality. The Mazda 3 on the other hand, has Mazda Connect, which isn’t a bad system, it’s just not nearly as up to date as the system found in the Golf.

Overall, choosing a vehicle will come down to which hatchback aspects are the most important to you personally. Both the VW Golf and Mazda 3 have a lot to offer, however, the Golf’s more impressive connectivity systems allows it to rise above the Mazda 3 for this model year. If you’d like to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf, feel free to reach out to our staff here at Donaldsons Volkswagen.

2016 VW Golf exterior
2016 Mazda 3 exterior
2016 VW Golf interior features and technology
2016 Mazda 3 interior features and technology

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