Mazda really went the extra mile with their new 3 and can one say with certainty that they will add to the six million units that’s already been sold. The car, as a whole, is well-specified and prospective buyers will certainly see their money’s worth.
The glitch with the multimedia might be unit-specific, but it is something the automaker has to look into.
The Mazda3 1.5 Individual sedan retails from R418 800 and comes standard with a three-year or unlimited kilometre service plan, as well as a three-year or unlimited km warranty.
This is the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year (+ category winners)
What does a woman want… when it comes to wheels? The answer is the latest-generation Mazda3, according an international jury of female motoring journalists.
The Mazda3, which was launched in South Africa in July, was named ‘Supreme Winner’ of the 2019 Women's World Car of the Year awards.
The jury, which represent over 30 countries, were asked to vote according to criteria that women use when buying a car. This year South Africa's flag was once again flown by motoring and transport writer Charleen Clarke.
According to the competition’s voting management leader Renuka Kirpalani, this year’s voting system was the most most egalitarian it has been in the nine-year history of the awards.
“We have had some vigorous discussions on the best structure to adopt, based on international market variations and car availability, and have all agreed on a very fair voting formula,” Kirpalani said.
Demand for Mazda's new Skyactiv-X engine 'much higher than expected'
Mazda says demand for its new Skyactiv-X engine in Europe is “much higher than expected” despite it commanding a premium over conventional petrol and diesel powertrains.
Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Mazda Europe CEO Yasuhiro Aoyama said customer interest was “encouraging”.
“Since we launched the engine, we are seeing a very encouraging feedback: 60 percent of the orders for the Mazda3 are currently for cars equipped with the Skyactiv-X engine, as well as 45 percent of orders for the Mazda CX-30 crossover," Aoyama-san said.
The Skyactiv-X engine is considered the world’s first commercial petrol unit to combine the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel.
In June 2019, the Japanese firm confirmed the European-spec Mazda3 fitted with the 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Skyactiv-X powerplant offered 132 kW at 6 000 r/min and 224 N.m at 3 000 r/min. Claimed fuel consumption (on the latest WLTP cycle), meanwhile, would come in at 5,4 L/100 km with CO2 emissions of 96 g/km, depending on transmission and wheel size.
Long term wrap | The 2019 Mazda 3 is a compelling package
I like the Mazda 3, now in its seventh-generation, it has moved forward in terms of ride, handling, and interior quality. And don't forget my feelings on the styling.
Mazda knows that the hatchback will be the more popular body-style over the sedan model. But it faces a tough task against other established players in the segment, the longer test period allowed me to sample the 3 in various scenarios, it excelled, offering a good balance.
And that's why the sum of its parts make it a compelling package.
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The Mazda 3’s road manners are a reflection of the way it looks, very well balanced and a pleasure to drive, even with four adults in the car, who it must be said were comfortable at the back throughout the trip.
Mazda’s most popular car isn’t a sportmobile, but it’s pleasantly zippy around the corners, holding its line easily around a tight and twisty bit of road close to where I live.
Safety-wise there’s an impressive list that includes adaptive LED headlights, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, electric break force distribution and knee, side and curtain airbags.
As South Africans we like the so-called “snob” brands, because we often prefer image over functionality. But the Mazda3 has everything and more you could ever want from a car, including space and refined interior.
If you’re in the market, you would be doing yourself a disfavour if it wasn’t on your list to test drive.