The Mazda Mazda3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen GTI with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen GTI in the front seats.
The Mazda Mazda3 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen GTI, making it more convenient to drive.
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen GTI have similar Destination Charges.
The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Volkswagen GTI. If you go with the Mazda Mazda3, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen GTI.
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Volkswagen GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen GTI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen GTI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Mazda Mazda3 as you will in the Volkswagen GTI.
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen GTI.
Compare the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 and the 2014 Volkswagen GTI.
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MSRP*: $18,945 - $26,495
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MSRP*: $25,095 - $29,695
|Cash Back Rebate:||Visit Rebate Center||Visit Rebate Center|
|Low APR Loan:||--||As low as 1.90%|
|Lease Incentive:||As low as 2.30%||--|
|City MPG:||27 - 29||21|
|Highway MPG:||37 - 40||--|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Invoice*:||$18,121 - $25,335||$24,091 - $28,507|
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