2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Mazda3

Front Quarter profile of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf parked by a cityscape vs 2018 Mazda3 parked on a parking ramp overlooking a city

When it comes to looking for a new vehicle, many drivers have a hard time choosing between the different models. There are so many different features and options to consider before you make your decision, and due to all of those choices, it can be difficult to choose a vehicle that fits your needs. This is why comparing two similar models, like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs the 2018 Mazda3, is a great way to determine if a vehicle has all of the features that you want.

When looking at the 2018 Volkswagen Golf against the 2018 Mazda3, one of the first things that you might notice is that the 2018 Mazda3 doesn't have access to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. While you'll still be able to connect any of your devices to the infotainment system via Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ provide drivers with an easy-to-use interface and a variety of additional apps. Those who choose the 2018 Volkswagen Golf will be able to connect to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Mazda3

170 hp Horsepower 155 hp
6 years/72,000 miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Yes Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ No
Eight Number of Speakers Six

Benefits of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Drivers who are choosing a new vehicle will probably first look at the performance options available. On the 2018 Volkswagen Golf, there is only one engine option versus the two provided by the 2018 Mazda3. While it can be a good thing to have two engines in some cases, the discrepancy between the power output, like that of the available 2.5L four-cylinder engine and the standard 2.0L four-cylinder means that in order to have a vehicle with excellent performance you'd have to pay more. With the 2018 Volkswagen Golf, drivers only have one option, a 1.8L four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the available engine on the 2018 Mazda3 bests the 2018 Volkswagen Golf when it comes to horsepower, where it provides 184 hp, but the two are neck and neck for torque, as the 2018 Mazda3 only scrapes ahead by one with 185 pound-feet of torque. However, if you stick with the standard engine on the 2018 Mazda3, you'll only have 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque to play with, much less than the standard performance on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.

When they are buying a new vehicle, most drivers don't think about what is going to happen if something goes wrong with their vehicle. Those who choose the 2018 Volkswagen Golf can keep their peace of mind longer than those who drive a 2018 Mazda3. On the 2018 Mazda3, drivers have a standard 36-month or 36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty, which covers their vehicle for the first three years of its life. Drivers of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf are covered by the new The People First Warranty, which is a transferable, bumper to bumper limited warranty that is valid for 72-months or 72,000-miles, whichever comes first. That means that your vehicle is covered for up to six years if something goes wrong. Learn more about The People First Warranty, or any other aspects of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf in Elgin, IL at Elgin Volkswagen.

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