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2019 GTI vs 2019 Mazda 3

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Ride
2018 SE DSG
I was so close to buying a 19' Mazda 3 when they came out because of the AWD, I was going for the premium model, which was close to what I paid for my GTI, the NVH and interior is very nice, but the handling and more power from the GTI was much better. I came from a regular civic so both had more power. The big c pillars didnt help either. Getting in and out of the back of the Mazda wasn't hard per se, but it def took a little more effort. At 6'2 I couldn't sit behind myself in the Mazda, while in the GTI I can. Im so glad the VW dealership was next door to Mazda, because I have zero regrets and I'm so happy the deal didnt work out for the Mazda.
I don't know about the latest models but the Mazda doesn't have the cubbyhole spaces either does it?
 

Aliu121

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
MD/VA
Ride
19' SE DSG
I don't know about the latest models but the Mazda doesn't have the cubbyhole spaces either does it?
Not that I know of, if I remember the cup holders would be where most "cubbyholes" are. It does have a large arm rest compartment though.
 

dtran11

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Chicago
What tyoe of maintenance does the gti require that's more than the Mazda? You mean the DSG transmission? What about manual vs manual.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Ride
2018 SE DSG
What tyoe of maintenance does the gti require that's more than the Mazda? You mean the DSG transmission? What about manual vs manual.
If the Mazda isn't a turbo then more frequent spark plug changes. Is the Mazda gas direct injection or port injection?
 

bentin

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
How about Civic Si vs GTI
I had a 17 GTI that was totaled. I drove the Si before buying another GTI. I had a CRX Si three decades ago, and ordered an S2000 that the dealer tried to put a $10k markup on after agreeing to sell for sticker.

It's a great driving car. The chassis is much more composed, suspension feels much better tuned, it actually has some rebound control. The shifter is great for fwd, much, much better than a stock GTI. The brakes feel better than the PP too, just a nice, linear feel, with a little better pedal feedback.

But it's freaking huge, as large as our old F30 3 series. I hate big cars and the Civic felt way too large. The interior is super cheap feeling and has about 15 textures and colors going on and nothing looks particularly nice. And of course it's subjective, but my eyes don't like one part of the outside or inside. The little motor feels really anemic until about 4K rpm, much more turbo lag and uneven power delivery than the GTI, and very easy to catch snoozing.
 

MonkeyMD

Drag Racing Champion
Got a loaner mazda 3 for a day. It was actually a decent car. Leatherette seats were comfortable. Loved the mirrors. Could actually see stuff behind me. The infotainment screen was huge and the mouse thing was easy to use. Took about 20 minutes to get used to infotainment.
The one thing I hated more than anything was all the nannies. Car would try to correct my trajectory when it was just fine. At first I thought something was wrong with the power steering as it kept fighting me. Then realized what it was. Turned it off right away. Bad part was nannies would just turn back on when I set cruise control possibly or something. Can't remember exactly. But uhhh. Wth. Why would anyone want that and adaptive cruise control? There was someone on the shoulder and it wanted to basically stop. It's off to the side. Why are you slowing down to a crawl?

Forgot...the best part was turning from a stop sign and just flooring it and no wheelspin (as an awd model). What a great feeling. Granted, not sure if the car has enough power to spin the tires even if it was fwd, but still a great feeling not worrying about traction.
 
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