Showdown of Sporty Hatchbacks in Canton, CT

As drivers everywhere seek the most enjoyable driving experience possible, many will naturally be drawn to the compact hatchbacks which provide versatility, dynamic performance, and tech-savvy interiors. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the very best examples of this segment, and perfect for many drivers throughout Torrington, Simsbury and beyond. To help drivers throughout West Hartford and Avon, CT better understand the offerings of some of the top models in this segment, we've compiled a head-to-head comparison of the Golf GTI and its top competitors.

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda CR-Z

The Honda CR-Z evolved out of the CR-X, delivering what was supposed to be an enhanced version, with hybrid power and efficiency. But when we examine the CR-Z closely, we see that this once formidable model has fallen quite far in terms of value and offerings.

  • While the CR-Z remains the only hybrid with a stick shift, that is seemingly the only way it truly stands out. For a hybrid model, it offers only slightly better fuel economy than the traditional gasoline-powered Golf GTI, and flaunts none of the power or fun-to-drive features that define the Golf GTI.
  • With 4 seat to the CR-Z's 2, the Golf GTI ensures that you and your passengers can enjoy the road in comfort, and that you won't have to pick and choose who can ride in your car.
  • While the lower price tag on the CR-Z may be appealing, it won't be long before drivers recognize that in this case, you truly do get what you pay for, while the Golf GTI delivers the performance, value, and confidence that modern drivers crave.

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Mazda3

While attractive and affordable, the Mazda3 is yet another example of a sporty vehicle that puts forth a good effort but simply falls short of the bar set by the new Volkswagen Golf GTI.

  • With many Mazda vehicles like the Mazda3, drivers have come to expect an abundance of automotive power, and yet once within the Mazda3 and pressing the gas pedal, drivers will feel an underwhelming 150-Horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Golf GTI pushes 258-Horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque for drivers to enjoy.
  • While many drivers are drawn to this segment for the hatchback design and advantages, the Mazda3 is currently only available as a sedan, and while this ensures dedicated trunk space, it lacks the stylistic appeal and versatility of the hatchback design.
  • While it may offer more than the previously mentioned Honda model, the Mazda3 still falls short of the Golf GTI and the incredible value and satisfaction it offers.

To experience the countless advantages of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI firsthand, browse our pre-buy research and then come test drive this model at Mitchell Volkswagen in Canton, CT. Once you arrive we'll get you started on the path to a more exciting automotive future.

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