2019 Volkswagen Golf vs 2019 Mazda 3: Would you like style or practicality?


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Would you prefer the styling of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf or the practicality of the 2019 Mazda 3? Check out our comparison of the two compact hatchbacks here!

For quite some time now, Naijauto has been observing the trend of new small-sized hatchbacks that are currently ruling the lowest price range of their segment.

From our observations, we realized that each the small hatchbacks in this market category are not only super-affordable alone but also easy to park and have good fuel economy while their efficient “hatchback” body styling makes them offer more cargo space than a sedan of similar size.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3: A Matchup

This comparison is a strong head-to-head matchup of two vehicles that have been leading for a long time in their segment, Mazda 3 and the Volkswagen Golf.

Even though Mazda has an available separate sedan version of the Mazda 3; both of the hatchback VW Golf and the Mazda 3 comes equipped with 6-speed manual transmission systems. Although, customers are only able to get the manual transmission on the higher trim of the Mazda 3 whereas it comes standard with all trims of the Volkswagen Golf.


2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3 - The leading and most affordable hatchbacks for now

2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3: When on the road

Both the Mazda 3 and the Golf fall at the quiet and refined-riding category of compact-hatchback vehicles. Although, the Mazda 3 is observed to be quieter at high speed than the VW Golf.

The Mazda 3 features a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine which drives pretty decently. As for the 2019 VW Golf, the turbo-4 engine has been noticeably reduced from its previous 1.8L capacity to 1.4L that makes it get a 23hp drop.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3 – both packs a manual transmission that is averagely decent enough

During a fuel economy test on a 75mph highway, the Mazda 3 recorded a 38mpg while the 2019 Golf recorded 43mpg. But in a combination of city driving, backroad, and highway, the Mazda 3 ended up with a 31mpg while the Golf had a 30mpg.

Also, after several test drives by various auto testers, the manual transmission in both hatchbacks are concluded to be satisfying and average in the overall rating.

2019 Volkswagen Golf vs 2019 Mazda 3: Comparing the interior

Just as Volkswagen has been known for excellently crafting out the most available space in all its compact vehicles; the 2019 Golf was not an exception as it was able to match up with the Mazda 3 in cargo-carrying capability even though it is 8-inches shorter in dimension. The 2019 Golf also beats the Mazda 3 internally by offering more headroom and rear-seat legroom. If you are planning to be transporting adult passengers in the backseat, we will advise that you think twice especially before choosing the Mazda 3.


The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is shorter but delivers more space for passenger and cargo than the 2019 Mazda 3

On an interesting twist, when it comes to material quality and interior design; the 2019 Mazda 3 is aeons ahead of the 2019 VW Golf. It features a bold red-leather material on the inside with comfortable seats as well as full power operation and more support from its leather-clad buckets. The overall quality and interior design of the 2019 Mazda 3 clearly shows how much attention to details has been put into work to achieve that edge it has over its immediate competitor.

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The Mazda 3 might not have enough space inside but it is aeons ahead of the Golf in quality and design

As for the 2019 VW Golf, on the other hand, the interior can be mainly described as plain, simple, and mostly sparse, but it does not fall into the category of cheap or fake overall quality like some other hatchbacks in its class.

Both the 2019 Volkswagen Golf and the 2019 Mazda 3 equally comes with the below standard driver-assist features;

  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

But the 2019 Mazda 3 outshines a little more with the below additional features;

  • LED headlights
  • Heads-up display
  • Memory seats
  • Automated climate control

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3: Full spec comparison

In the table below, we have put the complete specs of these two hatchbacks in a side-by-side comparison format for a clearer comparison. Check below;

2019 Volkswagen Golf SE Vs 2019 Mazda 3 (manual): Full spec comparison
 Features 2019 Volkswagen Golf SE 2019 Mazda 3 (manual)
VEHICLE TYPE:  5-passenger
4-door hatchback
4-door hatchback


(excluding delivery fees, clearing cost, import tax, etc)

₦10.3million ($28,420) ₦9.1million ($25,040)
 ENGINE: inline-4 DOHC 16-valve, aluminium block & head (direct fuel injection)
2488 cc (152 cu in) displacement
186-hp at 6000 rpm
186 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm
Intercooled, Turbocharged  inline-4 DOHC 16-valve, aluminium block & head (direct fuel injection)
1395 cc (85 cu in) displacement
147-hp at 5000 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque at 1400 rpm
 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
CHASSIS:  (F/R) Suspension: struts/torsion beam
(F/R) Brakes: 11.0-inch vented disc/10.4-inch disc
Tyres: Toyo Proxes A40 (215/45R-18 89V M+S)
(F/R) Suspension: struts/multilink
(F/R) Brakes: 11.3-inch vented disc/10.7-inch disc
Tyres: Pirelli Cinturato P7 [All Season] (225/45R-17 91H M+S)
 DIMENSIONS: 107.3 in (Wheelbase)
175.6 in (Length) 
70.7 in (Width)
56.7 in (Height)
91 cu ft (Passenger volume) 
20 cu ft (Cargo volume)
3060 lb (Curb weight)
103.8 in (Wheelbase)
167.6 in (Length) 
70.8 in (Width)
58.1 in (Height)
93 cu ft (Passenger volume) 
23 cu ft (Cargo volume)
2904 lb (Curb weight)
TEST DRIVE RESULTS:  0 - 60mph: 7.3 seconds
0 - 100mph: 19.2 seconds
0 - 110mph: 23.7 seconds
5 – 60mph(Rolling start): 7.8 seconds 
30 – 50mph(Top gear): 11.6 seconds
50 – 70mph(Top gear): 11.0 seconds
Standing ¼-mile: 15.5 seconds at 91-mph
Governor limited top speed: 131-mph
70 – 0mph(Braking): 168 ft
300-ft-dia skidpad(Roadholding): 0.86g
0 - 60mph: 7.6 seconds
0 - 100mph: 22.7 seconds
0 - 110mph: 30.0 seconds
5 – 60mph(Rolling start): 8.7 seconds 
30 – 50mph(Top gear): 34.6 seconds
50 – 70mph(Top gear): 15.6 seconds
Standing ¼-mile: 16.1 seconds at 88-mph
Governor limited top speed: 125-mph
70 – 0mph(Braking): 184 ft
300-ft-dia skidpad(Roadholding): 0.85g (*stability-control-inhibited)
FUEL ECONOMY: 31 mpg (Observed from test drives) 30 mpg (Observed from test drives)
EPA FUEL ECONOMY: 29/25/35 mpg (Combined/city/highway) 32/29/37 mpg (Combined/city/highway)

Our Conclusion

Since you have seen the price, specs and details of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs 2019 Mazda 3, we hope that making a final choice wouldn’t be too confusing for you anymore between the two fantastic affordable hatchbacks.

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Oluwaseun Solomon

Oluwaseun Solomon

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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