2017 VW Golf GTI vs. 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Prospective car buyers entering the market for a new hatchback will realize quickly just how many options they’ll have to choose from. The hatchback is becoming increasingly popular among drivers looking for an efficient alternative to an SUV. These models offer plenty of cargo space while performing like a classic sedan.

Our team here at Pacific Volkswagen knows all about the hatchback, which is why we’re focusing on the VW Golf GTI model for this comparison. We’re going to show drivers how this performance-driven model compares to the Mazda 3 Hatchback. It’s important to keep in mind that we’re going to compare the base models, so the 2017 VW Golf GTI S and the 2017 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback, to give drivers a fair and even comparison. Let’s dive in for details!

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2017 VW Golf GTI S 2017 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback
210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium gas) Engine 155-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Standard Heated Front Seats Not available
52.7 cu. ft. Maximum Cargo Volume 47.1 cu. ft.
Two Door Count Four

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Drivers can see from the chart above that the 2017 VW Golf GTI S and the 2017 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback do have some notable differences. One of the major differences is that the Golf GTI is a two-door and the Mazda 3 is a four-door model. Both vehicles have seating for five, and drivers will notice that the Golf GTI does have slightly more space for cargo regardless of the coupe-like design. All in all, the 2017 VW Golf GTI is more powerful with an intercooled turbocharger, and the 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback is slightly more fuel efficient.

When it comes to standard features, both the Golf GTI and the Mazda 3 have a lot to offer. Each one is set standard with Bluetooth compatibility, voice recognition, speed-sensitive volume, cruise control, daytime running lights, low tire pressure indicators and remote keyless entry. Each one is also set with a standard 60/40 split rear bench seat for added convenience and storage space.

The 2017 VW Golf GTI comes out on top with a few standard features that are not available in the base model of the Mazda 3 Hatchback including a CD player, MP3 capability, driver and front passenger lumbar support, heated side mirrors, in-vehicle assistance service and a theft-deterrent radio. It’s also set with two 12-volt power outlets instead of one in the Mazda 3.

Those interested in learning more are welcome to contact our team here at Pacific VW for more information. Drivers can get behind the wheel of the Golf GTI by scheduling a test drive online today.

2017 VW Golf GTI headlights
2017 VW Golf GTI dashboard
2017 VW Golf GTI seating
2017 VW Golf GTI rear liftgate

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