2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Mazda3

2018 Volkswagen Golf and 2018 Mazda3 with a vs sign

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf and the 2018 Mazda3 are two of the top competitors in the compact car segment. Offering high-end interiors, smartphone integration, driver assistance technology and advanced safety features, both vehicles deliver a refined travel experience for an accessible price. However, when comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2018 Mazda3, differences in performance, cabin space, and features should be taken into consideration.

The features of the 2018 Mazda3 are spread across three trim levels (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) while the 2018 Volkswagen Golf’s features are more centralized between two trim levels (S and SE).

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Mazda3

170 horsepower Base engine performance 155 horsepower
184 pound-feet Base engine torque 150 pound-feet
116.3 cubic feet EPA Interior Volume 108.7 cubic feet
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2018 Volkswagen Golf Interior, Engine Details & Safety Features

While both compact cars feature high-quality interiors, some differences should be noted. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf has an interior volume of 116.3 cubic feet, slightly roomier than the 2018 Mazda3’s 108.7 cubic feet of interior volume.

The 2018 Golf’s standard engine is a four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine that generates 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Mazda3’s standard engine is a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf’s 1.8L engine received an EPA rating of 24 miles per gallon for city driving and 33 miles per gallon for highway driving for a combined rating of 28 miles per gallon. The fuel tank capacity is 13.2 gallons.

2018 Volkswagen Golf safety features include: Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), automatic locking feature below 8 miles per hour, LATCH child seat anchors and child safety locks on rear doors.