August 19, 2021
Originally known as the legendary Mazda 323, the new Mazda3 landed on South Africa’s shores in 2019 as a sedan or hatchback. The car has a new look and a strikingly upgraded interior. The Mazda3 is Mazda’s top-selling car, with over 6 million cars sold worldwide from its start till 2019 and covering more than 120 countries. Read on further about the review of the Mazda3 for sale in South Africa.1
You can still tell the Mazda3 is related to the 323 but modernised and more. The Mazda3's grille in the front is much larger, bearing the badge in the middle above the number plate, and surrounded by a chrome border that connects to the headlights. The bright daytime-running LEDs have a striking design. The rear of the Mazda3 shows 2 chrome-tipped exhaust pipes accompanied by dark light clusters.
The boot is spacious, which can be opened using the key unit or beneath the badge, boasts up to 444 litres of storage space.
The interior has also been upgraded that it gives you the immediate impression of a German brand. What says it all regarding the Mazda3 Individual are the leather seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, the dashboard display, keyless entry, and the adjustable steering wheel. The stitched leather and soft-touch materials displayed in the cabin provide that classy touch. The spaciousness is apparent, although rear passengers may struggle a bit.
A strong point the car has to offer is an upgraded multimedia system, where you can work your way through many menus using a button situated between the 2 front seats. The only disadvantage is that the system crashes if it receives swift instructions. For the system to reboot, you must switch the car off and then on. This unnecessary issue could probably be solved with a software upgrade.
Despite Mazda’s rivals, such as Toyota and Honda, using turbo technology in the new Corolla and Civic, respectively, Mazda has not gone this route, except with its diesel models. However, this stance taken by Mazda does affect the Mazda3’s performance, especially when carrying 4 passengers and luggage. The 1.5-litre petrol engine has a power output of 88 kW, while torque of 153 Nm is released at 4 000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with gears requiring some manoeuvring to maintain speed, especially while overtaking.
Here the Mazda3 comes into its own, with its lightweight and light steering, providing you with a perky, joyful experience. Aided by stop/start technology, the tested fuel consumption was almost 7 L/100 km.
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