Mazda 323 1989 vs Volkswagen Golf 1992

Mazda 323
1989 - 1995
Volkswagen Golf
1992 - 1995
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming belt


Power: 90 HP75 HP
Torque: 135 NM128 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.3 seconds13.8 seconds
Mazda 323 is more dynamic to drive.
Mazda 323 engine produces 15 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, whereas torque is 7 NM more than Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to more power Mazda 323 reaches 100 km/h speed 3.5 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 7.46.9
Real fuel consumption: 7.8 l/100km7.7 l/100km
The Volkswagen Golf is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Mazda 323 consumes 0.5 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Mazda 323 could require 75 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Mazda 323 consumes 0.1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 740 km in combined cycle790 km in combined cycle
700 km with real consumption710 km with real consumption
Volkswagen Golf gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Average engine lifespan: 390'000 km440'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volkswagen Golf engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 5 years2 years
Engine spread: Used also on Mazda MX-3Installed on at least 2 other car models, including Volkswagen Vento, Seat Ibiza
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts.


Length: 4.26 m4.02 m
Width: 1.68 m1.70 m
Height: 1.34 m1.42 m
Mazda 323 is 24 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 2 cm narrower, while the height of Mazda 323 is 8 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: no datano data
Turning diameter: 9.8 meters10.7 meters
The turning circle of the Mazda 323 is 0.9 metres less than that of the Volkswagen Golf, which means Mazda 323 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`550no data
Safety: no datano data
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Mazda 323 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Volkswagen Golf has serious deffects in 10 percent more cases than Mazda 323, so Mazda 323 quality is probably slightly better
Average price (€): 10001000
Rating in user reviews: 7.8/10 6.3/10
Pros and Cons: Mazda 323 has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • better manoeuvrability
  • fewer faults
  • higher ratings in user reviews
Volkswagen Golf has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
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