Compare the Volkswagen Golf GTIto the Honda Civic Type R and Mazda3

Sometimes, you need speed and performance prioritized in your next vehicle. Nothing boasts those features more than the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, a sporty hatchback vehicle that won't compromise your ability to make the most of your morning commute. With a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and technology inside, you'll love every moment in the new Golf GTI.

Even while the Volkswagen Golf GTI demonstrates its prowess, that doesn't mean it stands alone in its segment. Options like the Honda Civic Type R and Mazda3 Hatchback offer stiff competition, and it can be hard to pick the one right for you. Luckily, you don't have to spend hours researching your options. We've compared the two competitors to the Volkswagen car to show you why we prefer the Golf GTI. Let us know if you have any questions on our comparisons!

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R

Both the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic Type R were meant to be driven, with turbocharged engines under the hood and superior handling and control for tight corners. Under the hood, the Honda Civic Type R boasts a slightly more powerful engine setup, but the Volkswagen Golf GTI isn't that far behind, meaning you won't notice a big difference. However, the Volkswagen's engine delivers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25/34 mpg city/highway, allowing you to go further on one tank of gas. The Honda Civic Type R is efficient but can only manage 22/28 mpg city/highway - you'll need to limit your adventures more when driving the Civic Type R.

More than just sports cars, the Volkswagen and Honda come with numerous features designed to make your life easier. The Golf GTI comes equipped with conveniences like a 10.3-inch gauge cluster, bolstered front seats with red accents, and a three-spoke steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. You'll also benefit from a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, providing quick access to your music and apps. While the Honda offers many of the same features, it limits its lineup with only a seven-inch touchscreen. For more convenience and control, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the way to go.

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Mazda3 Hatchback

Between the Volkswagen and Mazda hatchbacks, there's no contest when it comes to power. The Volkswagen comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the Honda Civic Type R, the Mazda3 can't keep up, utilizing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain to output 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet. The Volkswagen Golf GTI pairs its lineup with a six-speed manual transmission, providing you with better control over your driving experience. With the Mazda3, you'll need to make do with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Seamless connectivity should be a guarantee with most vehicles, but the Mazda3 doesn't seem to agree. While it does offer a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen, larger than the one you'll find in its Honda competitor, it still comes in second to the expansive 10-inch touchscreen standard to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Volkswagen hatchback makes your connected life simpler with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, allowing you to attach your mobile device via a USB cable and enjoy your music, apps, Podcasts, and more! With the Mazda3, you won't get as much convenience standard - to access similar features in the Mazda hatchback lineup, you'll need to pay more to upgrade to higher trim levels.

Take Home the New Volkswagen Golf GTI

It's no surprise that the Volkswagen Golf GTI stands out from its competition. With impressive performance, style, and connectivity, neither the Honda nor Mazda car can match the Volkswagen, feature for feature. Here at Ciocca Volkswagen of Allentown, we're happy to set you up with a test drive today! Let us know which Volkswagen Golf GTI is right for you!

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