Rivalry in the mid-sized sedan range is already intense and Mazda is setting the bar even higher with its new Madza3.
I reviewed the car recently and I was blown away by its exterior, interior and premium performance. The sharp angles and edges of the car have been slightly rounded off in favour of more muscular stance.
When it comes to safety Mazda doesn’t compromise. The new Mazda3 contains an array of intelligent safety features including the active and passive safety systems designed to warn you of impending dangers and mitigating damages.
It features multiple airbags (front, side and curtain), Dynamic Stability Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control and Emergency Brake-force Distribution which are all standard on the all-new Mazda3.
There is also an Emergency Stop Signalling System that switches on your hazard lights if you suddenly brake hard and turns them off once you hit the road again.
The new Mazda3 is one of the first independent productions to come from Mazda following a split from Ford after 30 years of partnership.
There is no doubt that every detail inside the new Mazda3 was given the absolute attention. Mazda kept the dashboard low to emphasise the spacious driving environment and encourage a calming drive.
The new Mazda3 features the audio and navigation display situated on top of the instrument panel. The audio and navigation display doesn’t come as standard and new buyers will have to decide whether to add it on as an extra.
A neat and sporty digital panel display allows you to monitor important information like current or average fuel economy and estimated cruise range. The speedometer directly aligns with the driver’s line of sight.
As you start your engine, the transparent Active Driving Display rises into its vertical position in the perfect line of sight. This is one of the many pioneering features of the new Mazda3. The Active Driving Display features key driving information including speed and navigation guidance.
The dashboard is stunningly laid out, looks contemporary and features Bluetooth technology, CD/radio/MP3 player. You can also play music from your smart devices using USB and auxiliary port.
The cargo capacity is massive. The new Mazda3 has a boot capacity of 408 litres.
In the “looks department” I give the new Mazda3 10-out-of-10. It is not boring to look at and features the winged grille that connects seamlessly with the sleek LED headlights, adding to the vibrant presence of the car. The sleek lights and bold smoothness of the car creates a sporty appearance.
The 18” twisted-spoke alloy wheels add a sense of movement that complements the dynamic design.
On the road
The new Mazda3 provides an outstanding fuel economy. The newly developed petrol SKYACTIV-G is a light and compact petrol engine that provides significantly better fuel efficiency than previous engines.
The SKYACTIV-Body structure is lighter and stronger, improving the car’s dynamic driving performance and giving the driver a safer and sportier experience.
The Mazda3 really feels sporty on the road and can move – my expectations were exceeded.
- Power: 121kW at 6000rpm
- Torque: 210Nm at 4000
- 0-100 km/h: 8.2 seconds
- Top speed: 210km/h
- Fuel consumption: 5.9/100km
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Fuel tank capacity: 51L
- Price: From R232 900
What we like about the car:
- An outstanding fuel economy
- Irresistible exterior
- Huge cargo capacity
- It handles well on the road
- It feels safe
- It is solidly built
- Good performance
- Advanced audio system and sound quality
- Modern interior design
- Unique features and latest technology
What we don’t like about the car:
- We couldn’t find any fault at all about the new Mazda3 – well done team Mazda!
Five-wheel rating: 5/5.