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Volkswagen Golf / GTI vs. Mazda Mazda3 Specs

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI and 2016 Mazda Mazda3 Specifications

Model Year 2016 2016  
Model Volkswagen Golf / GTI Mazda Mazda3  
Engine  
Transmission  
Drivetrain  
Body 4dr Hatch 4dr Hatch  
      Difference
Wheelbase 103.8 in 106.3 in -2.5 in
Length 167.5 in 175.6 in -8.1 in
Width 70.8 in 70.7 in 0.1 in
Height 57.2 in 57.3 in -0.1 in
Curb Weight 2963 lb. 2852 lb. 111 lb.
Fuel Capacity 13.2 gal. 13.2 gal. 0 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 38.4 in 38.6 in -0.2 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 55.9 in 57.2 in -1.3 in
Hip Room, Row 1 0.0 in 55.5 in -55.5 in
Legroom, Row 1 41.2 in 42.2 in -1 in
Headroom, Row 2 38.1 in 37.6 in 0.5 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 53.9 in 54.4 in -0.5 in
Hip Room, Row 2 0.0 in 53.5 in -53.5 in
Legroom, Row 2 35.6 in 35.8 in -0.2 in
Total Legroom 76.8 in (over 2 rows) 78 in (over 2 rows) -1.2 in
Cargo Volume, Minimum 22.8 ft3 20.2 ft3 2.6 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 52.7 ft3 47.1 ft3 5.6 ft3

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TrueDelta Reviews the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI

2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearComment
2015 The original Golf revolutionized the automotive world by demonstrating how practical a small car could be. Though the latest, seventh-generation Golf is much larger than the original, and every major auto maker now offers a Golf-like compact, the Volkswagen continues to impress with its practicality. Let's start with the front seat. The seat itself is shaped and padded to provide nearly ideal comfort and support in daily driving. The performance buckets in the GTI and R have firmer bolsters that provide more lateral support, but the regular Golf's buckets are cushier and more comfortably contoured. The e-Golf uses the same exemplary seats. In comparison, the seats in the Soul EV are merely okay. The view forward from the e-Golf's driver seat is also about as good as it gets in a current compact, with a reasonably-sized instrument panel and an expansive, comfortably raked windshield flanked by relatively thin pillars. This said, some people might prefer the higher driving position in the quasi-crossover Soul EV. For me, a conventional car's lower position continues to feel more natural, especially in turns. Battery packs take up space. Even with the (roughly) 1.5-kWh battery packs used by hybrids cargo capacity usually takes a hit. In the Soul EV, rear seat legroom suffers a three-inch reduction due to the underfloor location of the car's 27-kWh battery pack. But VW engineers managed to design and package a 24-kWh battery pack so cleverly that the e-Golf's passenger and cargo room are identical to those of a regular Golf. Adults will comfortably fit in the car's back seat. The same can't be said about most other EVs--the Soul being a second exception. Even with the three-inch cut, the Kia's back seat is about as roomy as the Golf's. The i3's back seat is far tighter. Which EV treats its passengers best depends on the season. The e-Golf includes rear air vents, while the Soul EV+ includes rear seat bun warmers. Moving to the cargo area, the Soul EV's battery pack eats up a dozen cubic feet, leaving just under 50. The uncompromised e-Golf can contain a couple more. But these figures don't convey the differing proportions of the cars' cargo holds. The e-Golf's is a few inches longer, while the Soul EV's is a few inches taller. Which is the better cargo hauler depends on the shape of your cargo. The much larger Tesla Model S can hold a few more cubic feet, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class about the same as the e-Golf. No other EV comes close, especially not the 12-cube BMW i3. see full Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 2dr Hatch turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Difficult ingress and egress see full Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
 

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