2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda 3

If you've always driven sedans but are growing interested in the expanded cargo space offered by popular crossovers, you could find a happy medium in the hatchback design. Like a sedan with crossover storage, but decidedly not a station wagon, a hatchback can check all the boxes. They're also surprisingly fun to drive and can get comparable gas mileage to any fuel-sipping sedan model. But there are a lot of choices to consider as you do your shopping around; that's why today we're comparing the 2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda 3.

Let's take a look at the 2015 Mazda 3 first. Experts and drivers agree that Mazda 3 is an engaging car to drive; if driving is more than just "point-A-to-point-B" to you, Mazda's 3 design is ideal for those who crave excitement, even if you're just running errands. Mazda 3 is tough to beat on fuel economy, too, with a combined rating of 35 MPG. The base hatchback Mazda 3i Sport will come equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, an adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, smartphone-enabled Internet radio and a USB/iPod audio interface. 

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2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Mazda 3
1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder Base engine 2.0L 4-cylinder
170 Horsepower 155
200 lb.-ft. Torque 150 lb.-ft.
$21,215 MSRP + destination fee $20,815

Bigger, faster and more efficient for 2016, the Volkswagen Golf is a segment-defining hatchback with a long history. And as the North American Car of the Year, the VW Golf family has proven it deserves a place at the top of your shortlist. 2016 Volkswagen Golf S comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, A/C, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, a 5.8-inch touchscreen with audio interface and satellite radio. With plenty of power from the base model on up, the 2016 Golf makes 170 hp and turns out 200 pound-feet of torque. If you're looking to top the already impressive fuel economy of the conventional gasoline Golf engine, the Golf TDI diesel-powered engine makes 150 hp and an impressive 236 pound-feet of torque while maintaining a 36 MPG combined fuel economy rating.  

Top safety scores, high quality interior materials, and a class-leading maximum cargo space of 52.7 cubic feet round out the 2015 Golf, making it an easy choice for those who have trouble making decisions--the Golf comes as close as possible to having it all. Check it out for a no-obligation test drive today at J. Bertolet Volkswagen.

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