Review Mazda 3
On the political basis of the school’s playground, famous children can often be divided into three categories: People with a reputation for being cool and everyone wants to be their friends, who organize the best parties. and people who respect their classmates and have more real friends than anyone.
A similar trio tends to create podiums for Australia’s best-selling new cars, constantly changing between Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Mazda3 small cars.
Toyota Corolla is often headed by the loyalty of both private buyers and fleets, the i30 seems to rise to the top whenever it sells for $ 19,990, but it’s the Mazda3 that many Australians choose to spend. Their own spending earns from month to month
The third-generation Mazda3 appeared on our shores in February 2014, with the new SkyActiv-based model replacing the hugely popular second-generation SkyActiv that still uses many Ford components after the time. Blue Oval ownership ended in 2010.
The 3 Series is divided into Neo, Maxx, Touring, SP25, SP25 GT, SP25 Astina and XD Astina levels, with all offering a choice of manual and automatic transmissions for an additional $ 2000. Likewise, All XD Astina bars are available with a choice of convertible and five-door convertible for the same price, with top-class diesel engines attached to the hatchback body.
The Mazda3 range competes well in value, but boasts a broader lineup than competitors with the list price stretching from $ 20,490 – $ 41,290 without the full performance model.
The range recorded a minor update in February 2015, showing that the rear parking sensor becomes standard on all petrol models along with discounts for most variants.
The entry-level anchor also steps up from hubcaps and steel wheels to 16-inch alloys, but continues to miss the standard reversing camera that comes with all three other models. Maxx and Touring models also receive front fog lamps.
The 2.0-liter petrol base anchor (from $ 20,490) is the only model in the range to miss the excellent MZD Connect multimedia system with a touchscreen, but it comes with push-button start and side spoiler. after hatching.
Maxx (from $ 22,390 USD) adds the MZD system with a satnav and reversing camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a gear lever and a handbrake, along with an automatic shift lever.
More luxurious touring (from $ 24,790) gets leather seats and driver belts adjustment, dual-zone climate control, overhead sunglasses storage, illuminated mirrors in sunvisors, and automatic headlights and wipers .
SP25 has a sporty flavor (from $ 25,190) based on Maxx trim, but steps on a bigger 2.5-liter petrol engine and 18-inch wheels and adds dual-zone climate control, proximity keys, headlights. Auto and wipers and subtle bootlid spoiler for the sedan as well.
SP25 GT (from $ 29,790) has extra leather seats, electrically adjustable front seats with heaters, a display, overhead glass storage, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, daytime running lights, lights Xenon phase with active beam, LED taillights, heated rearview mirrors, mirror lighting in sunvisors and nine-speaker Bose sound.
SP25 Astina (from $ 35,040) carries all optional safety equipment as standard, including AEB, active cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, auto climb, scene lane departure warning, traffic warning behind. Astina also added an electric sunroof.
XD Astina diesel engine (from $ 39,290) topped the entire Mazda3 range with Alcantara inserts for leather seats, glossy chrome finish for 18-inch alloys, red front grille, front LED fog lamps, inserts Glossy black rear bumpers, but miss the standard rear parking sensors found on all petrol models.
XD Astina also scores i-Eloop energy recovery system from Mazda6, revised rear dampers and enhanced refinement of exhaust notes through the cabin speakers. All Mazda3 comes with four cupholders and a bottle holder at each door.
There are two ISOFIX child seats on the range, and both the hatch and sedan rear seats split 60/40.
With upright rear seats, the hatch has a useful 308-liter cargo space, while the long-tail vehicle has a 408-liter VDA engine. All Mazda3 has steel space spare wheel under the boot floor.
Engine and transmission
The Neo, Maxx and Touring models are equipped with a 114kW / 200Nm direct injection four-cylinder engine, which can be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed torque.
The sportier SP25 models come with the 138kW / 250Nm 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine found in the Mazda6 and CX-5, and are also available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The top Astina XD hatch continues to be the only Mazda3 available with a 2.2-liter 129kW / 420Nm 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine.