Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan and Hatchback Review

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Mazda 3

2.0 Sedan and Hatchback

After months of having to at this sleek smaller to the Mazda6 bearing Singaporean plates, the Mazda3 was finally for the Malaysian market on the 23rd of 2006 by the Mazda Division of #038; Carriage Bintang at its newly refurbished showroom at Ampang. Sorry for not being to cover the launch, but to make up for it is my test drive report on the 2.0 in both hatchback and sedan Read my report after the

The Mazda Axela, or Mazda3 as it is in Malaysia comes in four for the Malaysian market #8211; a 1.6 a 1.6 sedan, a 2.0 hatchback and a 2.0 sedan. The come imported directly Japan.

Mazdas idea of a is similar to BMWs, looking like a shorter shooting more than the conventional hatchback that were to, this helps with space as well as ensures the roofline doesnt make it for taller than average to sit in the rear comfortably. The sedan the family look of its older the Mazda 6, with a similar bar wedge grille on the front.

body variants look they have the same bumper design with a air dam flanked by fog lamps, yet in reality, cars share no body The sedan has its grille integrated the front bumper, while of the hatchbacks grille is part of the Both the Mazda3 hatchback and have a very planted to the looks to them, sitting low to the with minimal wheel gaps enhancing the effect.

Even more so with the 3 hatchback, it has a slight wide-body to it thanks to the design of its shoulder making the car look wider being no wider than the in reality. Both cars a … rear end with a bumper sporting a diffuser-like Tail lamps of both share a similar nice lens crystal design.

The has a small tastefully done lid spoiler while the hatch has a spoiler.

Enter the car and youll be by a predominantly gray sporty-looking with dark aluminum Seats are of the fabric kind for the 2.0 litre model. The sportier model has some red pattern to the while the sedan model has it black.

The shifter for the 4-speed transmission is a gate-shift type, and is short, giving it a sporty

Stick the blade key into the and turn the engine on, and the engine comes to life. Then you the meter panels. They really really good. In they light up with in red, and its brightness can be set to suit preferences, though its not infinitely – only in 3 steps. This is how the panel looks like in

At night when you turn on the there is an additional glowing ring around the gauges, simply looks great brightness of the red is also variable in mode. The 3 gauges of the meter are also set deep inside pods, which protect against glare from One interesting thing about the is unlike most tiptronic that only show you transmission gear you are in when you are shifting the gears, the Mazda3 shows you which gear you are in you are in fully automatic mode!

I would expect leather to be offered in the 2.0 litre model the fabric seats for the 1.6 litre), the are comfy and supports you well. I that the default seating is actually quite high for a car like the Mazda3, but nevertheless a seating position allows you a view of the road ahead. the interior space of the car is nothing like the Honda Civic, it sufficient room for even a person to sit behind.

Even from the outside the sedan had a roof, the slope actually behind wherever a tall head would be. Protons designers should take from Mazda.

The ICE and air conditioning are set out mainly in a set of buttons and large that are easy to turn, dont feel too loose so are easy to control. They up with a dull red at night, as to not be bright and distracting.

Theres a set of LEDs to the left and of the volume knob which up as you adjust the volume – an interesting feature which doesnt serve much purpose as it indicate volume, just how and in which direction you are turning the The 2.0 litre model has automatic control. The audio system has treble and bass but the bass to lack a proper deep to it due to the lack of a dedicated subwoofer, for a stock audio system for a car in its range it is satisfactory.

Interior are NOT the soft kind you see in old cars, but are not as hard as what you might see in of the older Korean makes in and most Protons. The different of the dash are also pieced well with proper between different panels. The wrapped steering wheel has a size to it, not extra small and like the new Civics and gives you a grip.

The cabin has a mid-market feel to it, which is smart of if you want sporty, just go all the way, it is not a weird mix of luxury and which excels in neither Overall, the controls are quite and the cockpit keeps you sufficiently and entertained through your

The same deceiving slope of the also allows the car to look and have a short, almost rump while hiding a huge boot space! boot hinges neither into the boot when the lid is nor obstruct the boot when the lid is The boot has a full flat thanks to specially designed suspension which do not intrude boot space. It fits up to 3 golf bags.

Both the sedan and hatchback have 60:40 folding for you to extend your storage As for interior storage space, you some storage space in the armrest, as well as a surprisingly 3.6 litre glove compartment. The are in a covered compartment in between the armrest and the gear shifter – you get two of and they have a little in between them so you can fit longer like your wallet or

The all-aluminium 2.0 litre engine is a unit with 16 valves, length intake manifold and variable valve timing. It 147PS at 6,500rpm and 182Nm of at 4,200rpm. It is normally aspirated and like so, no crazy amount of at low revs – you got to rev it up for maximum power. The feels nimble around the and makes emergency lane composure a dream.

The 4-speed gearbox is pretty smart, down slopes and whenever required.

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I especially like the that in manual shift which is accessible by pulling the shift into the M selection in the shift, has the upshift and downshift the other way around, which I is the right way. Pull to upshift, and push forward to The only other car manufacturer Ive seen set up the manual shift way is BMW.

It only makes sense, as the car is moving forward, its only to pull the shifter back to matching the inertia you are feeling.

The downside is I feel that the cause the engine to run out of shove too so I wish the car came with a transmission instead, like the one equipped in the 2.0 litre Mazda6. so, the car remains a sporty drive, but stop one from wishing for can you?

The Mazda3 shares the chassis as the Ford Focus and S40/V50. It is a good blend of and performance with bias more towards the performance of things, however going rough roads will not you to throw up your dinner. you do feel road imperfections, and the low tires (Bridgestone Potenza in 205/50/R17 size) while for cornering performance (sidewalls do not as much) sacrifices comfort a

Cabin sound insulation is thanks to what Mazda Thinsulate, and when you are cruising at 120km/h to 140km/h on a hot sunny you can only hear the air conditioning which is quite noticeable on hot due to the automatic climate control it up to cool the cabin down on hot days. But the audio system care of this minor of noise – perfectly capable of it out.

The Mazda3 comes two airbags for the driver and passenger, as as the standard set of safety features ABS and EBD. The brakes are sufficiently for spirited driving, and you do not need to on the pedal too much for you to have an Floor it and the wheels will skid due to the braking power it but ABS takes care of that, you to maintain steering control hard braking.

Overall, I really like the 3 and I would pick the sedan over the hatch as strangely I the sedan is sleeker than the though the minor differences in panel design give the a more aggressive feel. At for the 2.0 sedan and RM133,899 for the hatchback as as being fully imported Japan, it would be a good for those who dont want to be everyone else and drive a or a Civic, don#8217;t need the interior space of the new Civic and inhibitions with going the way with the Ford Focus. It is a car simply looks beautiful inside (lovely interior, not as futuristic as the Civics, but then not can identify with the Civics age dash anyway) and out, as as in the engine bay. Now, I if I can custom order one with seats#8230;

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