2018 Mazda3 5-Door vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Mazda3 5-Door on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a white 2018 VW Golf on the right

The days of the boring old hatchback vehicle are over thanks to the style, agility, and technology features of the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf. Both of these attractive vehicles provide their owners with the flexibility only a hatchback can provide as well as exciting performance under the hood. It can be difficult to decide between the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door and the 2018 VW Golf just from an exterior inspection and that is why we have examined the interior and drivetrain options of each vehicle to bring you this comprehensive comparison of the two.

2018 Mazda3 5-Door


2018 Volkswagen Golf

2.0L SKYACTIC®- G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 1.8L Inline 4-Cylinder
SKYACTIV®- MT 6-Speed Manual Transmission Standard Transmission 5-Speed Manual Transmission
27 MPG City/ 37 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY
96.4 Cubic Feet Overall Passenger Volume 93.5 Cubic Feet
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

Compare the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door & the 2018 VW Golf

As you can tell from the chart above the standard drivetrain specs of the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf are quite similar, but the Mazda3 5-Door does provide better standard estimated EPA fuel economy than the VW Golf. Neither the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door or the 2018 VW Golf offer an engine upgrade, but the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door does make an optional transmission available for increased fuel efficiency while the VW Golf does not. The available SKYACTIV®- Drive 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Manual-Shift & Sport Modes increases the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door's EPA city driving fuel economy estimates to 28 MPG. On top of the 2018 Mazda3’s superior fuel efficiency, it also has more standard equipment on the interior as well. Standard features inside the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door include a 7” Color Touchscreen Display, Two USB Audio Inputs, the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System, and Push-Button Start.  You can find most of these interior amenities in the 2018 VW Golf once you start paying for trim level upgrades. With a more efficient drivetrain and more standard cabin features, the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door is the hard-fought winner over the 2018 VW Golf. Take the 2018 Mazda3 5-Door for a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN.