2020 Volkswagen Jetta Vs. 2020 Mazda3

In the field of compact vehicles, enduring style is rarely a priority. It’s rarely even a consideration, with most models preferring to overdesign sharp reflective edges that have that pre-crumpled look which will be outdated by the time you’re done reading this sentence. There’s something to be said for the sophisticated quality of European design and how models which elevate their style above trends are able to look fresh and interesting years after the design has debuted.

Volkswagen is one such brand and no model better summarizes this philosophy than the Volkswagen Jetta. Another model that has attempted to bring this luxury styling to the class is the 2020 Mazda3. As we compare the two, however, we want to look beyond simply their elevated designs and focus on the internals and well as the externals. They both look great, but which model is superior? Let’s find out.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta


2020 Mazda3

1.4-liter (34 EPA-estimated MPG combined)

Base engine (fuel economy) 2.5-liter (30 EPA-estimated MPG combined)

2 - 6-speed manual and 8-speed auto

Transmission options 1 - 6-speed auto
37.4 inches Rear-seat legroom 35.1 inches
14.1 cubic feet Trunk space 13.2 cubic feet
4 years/50,000 miles Limited warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
$18,895 MSRP starts at $21,500


High-Value Jetta Outperforms Underdog Mazda3 by Significant Margin

As the above chart illustrates, the Mazda3 is perhaps looking too far upmarket to try and position itself. Unlike the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta that aims to bring style, high-tech amenities and plenty of zippy performance to buyers looking for a small sedan, the Mazda3 considers itself a luxury car and prices itself accordingly.

It also makes some startling assumptions about what kind of performance drivers are looking for, only giving them a single transmission option and very little in the way of a balance between fuel efficiency and acceleration confidence.

To put it simply, the Volkswagen Jetta is a model that has more room for customization based on your preference before you hit the $21k+ starting price of the 2020 Mazda3.

At Volkswagen of Topeka, we’re seeing new Jetta models arriving every week. If you’re in the market for a high-value compact sedan that exudes the sophistication and grace which marks European design and engineering, we’d love to get you behind the wheel of one of these timeless vehicles, contact us today!