The iconic Volkswagen Golf has been a leading choice for the compact hatchback segment for many decades, and with some pleasing styling updates, a larger infotainment system touchscreen and a new six-year/72,000-mile warranty for the 2018 model-year, it looks to continue its dominant run of success. Take a look at this 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Mazda3 Hatchback comparison to see how the new Golf outshines the compact hatchback competition.
Under the hood of the 2018 Golf is the 1.8-liter TSI engine four-cylinder engine, which delivers 170 horsepower and an impressive 199 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine in the Mazda3 Hatchback only manages 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. While a more powerful 184-hp 2.5-liter engine is available for the Mazda3, its 185 lb-ft of torque still doesn't match the VW Golf. The performance of the Golf also benefits from its high-strength chassis, electric power-assisted steering and XDS Cross Differential System, which utilizes wheel sensors to deliver excellent handling and a stable ride.
|2018 Volkswagen Golf||VS||2018 Mazda3 Hatchback|
|1.8-liter TSI engine four-cylinder||Engine Options||2.0-liter four-cylinder and 2.5-liter four-cylinder|
|170/199||Horsepower/Torque||155/150 (2.0L); 184/185 (2.5L)|
|22.8/52.7 cu-ft||Cargo Volume (Rear seats upright/folded down)||20.2/47.1 cu-ft|
|Standard||Automatic Post-Collision Braking System||No|
Inside the 2018 VW Golf, you and your passengers can enjoy the comfortable seating, premium amenities and state-of-the-art technologies. The new Golf offers an abundance of space for cargo as well. With the rear seats in their upright position, the Golf has 22.8 cu-ft of cargo space (20.2 cu-ft for the Mazda3), and when the rear seats are folded down, it has 52.7 cu-ft of cargo space (47.1 cu-ft for the Mazda3). Buyers of the 2018 Golf will also benefit from the cutting edge MIB II infotainment system, which features a larger glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen.
The 2018 Golf has the advantage for safety, especially with its many standard electric safety features. This includes the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Intelligent Crash Response System and a rearview camera. If you desire an even higher level of safety, you can get available driver assistance technologies like Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert and Autonomous Emergency Braking.