2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback comparison image

One of the biggest surprises in the automotive world as everyone moves into a new decade is a resurgence of interest in the hatchback. While the hatchback is showing no signs of competing with the booming compact crossover SUV market, many hatchback models are being chosen instead of higher-riding SUV equivalents because of their driving style, price, and fuel economy.

The Volkswagen Golf, as one of the best-selling vehicle nameplates of all time, remains a hatchback leader. Mazda still gets their share of the hatchback market by making a hatchback version of the Mazda3. The Mazda3 Hatchback benefits from the automaker’s motion-oriented design and sense of mystique, but those are hardly reasons to pick one model over another. Use the chart below to compare the specifications and features of each and see which you would choose.

2020 Volkswagen Golf


2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

$23,195 Starting MSRP $23,700
6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission Options 6-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
22.8 cu.ft. Cargo Capacity 20.1 cu.ft.
Folding with Pass-through Rear Center Armrest Folding

Comparison Analysis: Volkswagen Golf vs Mazda3 Hatchback

The Volkswagen Golf starts at a lower price and stays at a lower price. The only thing affecting the price for the Golf is which transmission a shopper chooses. A shopper buying a Mazda3 Hatchback can get a model with extra options, but the price climbs quickly between trims. Furthermore, to get a manual transmission, a driver must choose one of the most expensive Mazda3 Hatchback trims. Those who plan to use a hatchback to transport cargo will find more room in the Golf, both behind the back seats and in the back seats themselves due to the model’s greater legroom measurement. The center armrest folds down on both, but Golf is designed to allow long objects to pass through the armrest when it is folded down.

Other Features Available on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf

  • Heated Mirrors
  • Leatherette Steering Wheel
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • 4 One-Touch Power Windows
  • Rearview Camera
  • And More!