MazdaSpeed3 vs Volkswagen GTI

The 2013 MazdaSpeed3 vs. The 2013 Volkswagen GTI

Many Tampa Bay area drivers searching for an affordable, sporty hatchback have made their decision after trying out the 2013 MazdaSpeed3. Now available at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, the local Mazda dealership in the Tampa area, the MazdaSpeed3 has everything you are looking for in a fun-to-drive hatchback, with plenty of power, a long list of great features, and some serious style all coming at the right price. There are other options on the market, of course, but as you can see in the following comparison between the 2013 MazdaSpeed3 and its competitor the 2013 Volkswagen GTI, Mazda’s model is the clear choice.

The Matchup

  • Price: When comparably equipped, the 2013 MazdaSpeed3 is a better value, starting at $24,995 to the GTI’s price tag of $26,490. Let’s see if Volkswagen had a good reason to charge another $1,500 (SPOILER: They didn’t.)
  • Engine and Power: If you are shopping specifically for a sporty hatchback, a thrilling driving experience is probably a key selling point for you. With the MazdaSpeed3, you get more horsepower, torque, and faster acceleration than Volkswagen’s offering. When equipped with the turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, the Mazda generates 263 hp compared to the GTI’s 200 hp with its 2.0 turbo four-cylinder engine. The MazdaSpeed3 also produces 280 lb-ft or torque (the GTI produces 207 lb-ft) and accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 6.4 seconds. The GTI is almost one full second slower, with a 0 to 60mph acceleration speed of 7.2 seconds.
  • Interior Features: Both models come well-equipped with convenience features such as cruise control, power accessories, a CD player, and Bluetooth, but the MazdaSpeed3 adds a number of other features and options, including automatic climate control with separate controls for both the driver, and steering wheel mounted controls, which are optional on the GTI for an added fee. The MazdaSpeed3 can also be equipped with a number of the most high-tech features on the market, including a navigation system, a telematics system, and a universal garage door opener. These features are not available on the Volkswagen GTI.

Test Drive the 2013 MazdaSpeed3 at Cox Mazda!

The new 2013 MazdaSpeed3 is in stock now and ready for test drive and purchase in the Tampa Bay area at Cox Mazda. Visit our dealership in Bradenton, located only an hour south of Tampa, any day of the week!