Mazda 3 is a resuscitated product by Japanese manufacturer which comes in compact hatchback and sedan body types and was unveiled in the year 2014. Both the styles available for Philippines residents divulge fresh dynamics and new engine innovations. Also, it has been promoted with different names in other export markets such as Mazda Speed 3 in North America, Mazda Speed Axela in Japan and Mazda 3 MPS in Europe. Mazda 3 was rewarded as second best-selling car for the year 2006 in Canada and best selling car in Israel for the year 2005 and 2007.
Engine, mileage & variants
In Philippines auto market, the new Mazda 3 is made available with 3 types of petrol engine variants in hatchback and sedan body types. 1.5-litre Skyactive 16V DOHC and 2.0-litre Skyactive 16V DOHC are coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission which results in exceptional handling by the driver. The 2.0-litre engine is capable of producing maximum power output of about 155 PS at 6000 rpm along with peak torque generated as 200 Nm at 4000 rpm. Whereas, in case of 1.5-litre engine the maximum power remains as 112 PS at 6000 rpm and the high torque generates as 144 Nm at 3500 rpm. Variants powered with 1.5-litre engine delivers the fair mileage of 14.4 kmpl. Furthermore, the same variants acquires the speed mark of 100 kmph in 12.2 seconds, while giving the top speed of 175 kmph.
Elegantly sculpted body of this Mazda vehicle is available in hatchback and sedan body styles that expresses touch of simplicity and sportiness. The dimensions of sedan measures as 4580 mm X 1555 mm X 1450 mm and for the hatchback variant, it is proportioned as 4460 mm X 1555 mm X 1450 mm (L X W X H). The wheelbase for the same is counted as 2770 mm. Its versatile appearance is noteworthy for its upgraded exterior inserts including body coloured bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors. At front, the appealing re-designed front grille mounted with company’s logo at the centre distinguishes its character. Available with two types of alloy wheels ranging from 16-18 inch wheels exhibits its sporty character effectively which are further wrapped with tyres of size 215/45 R18 and 205/60 R16.
Mazda 3 provides a warm feeling of comfort that develops effectively in the spacious environment. Well-designed front seats offer an ideal position to both driver and front seat passenger. To entertain the passengers, Mazda 3 is appointed with basic music system featuring radio, CD and MP3 player, along with 4 speakers that offers a theatre-like experience. On dashboard, all-new variants are mounted with 7-inch touchscreen display employing navigation system that keep updated about the city’s route. Besides that, the cabin is also provided with air conditioner system, trip meter and power windows with one touch system for the driver. To store your luggage, it proposes 572-litres of boot space when rear seats are folded.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
This innovative vehicle by Mazda is designed with a caring approach extending the passengers' peace of mind with its attentive active and passive safety elements employed with cutting-edge technologies. Ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and solid disc brakes for the rear are also present in this car. Further accentuating its dynamic braking system, the Mazda engineers have appointed this car with MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link beam rear suspension. The dual front airbags system activates instantly at the time of fatality or collision to reduce the injury. Other standard safety features include anti-lock braking system accompanied by electronic brakeforce distribution, intrusion minimizing brake pedal, immobilizer and ISOFIX child attachments.
Mazda 3 is a vehicle that confers you a desirable ride, delivers decent fuel economy and portrays class-leading interior design. But if you give much importance to roomy space then its competitors like Nissan Sentra or Chevrolet Cruze are more promising.