Which Is Better: Volkswagen Golf or Mazda3?
The agile Mazda3 sets the standard for how compact cars should drive. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Mazda3 feels light, energetic, comfortable, and well-planted. A pair of eager and fuel-efficient engines are available (155 and 184 horsepower). The Mazda3 also sets a high bar for standard equipment. Even base models are outfitted with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and push-button start for as little as $17,845 ($19,095 for hatchbacks).
The fun-to-drive Golf can’t match that price, but it does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two connectivity features the Mazda3 doesn’t support. If you’re attached at the hip to your iPhone or Android – that could be a deal breaker. Both systems integrate your phone’s controls and functions with the car’s touch screen, which makes dialing a friend, selecting a destination, or searching for music second nature.