Mazda 3 review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Mazda 3

review (2013

Mazda 3: summary

All-new 3 is powerful yet efficient, unusual on the and intelligent on the inside, fast but odd. It could well be the thing if you want something in the family car sector.

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3: first impressions

Curious the new Mazda 3. The five-door hatchback in the family car class, against the Focus, Volkswagen Golf, and the while the four-door ‘fastback’ is aerodynamic – and therefore more – and could prove a challenge to the Octavia if not for its reduced range of

Mazda’s slogan du jour is convention – glance at the pictures, and you think it was having a laugh

But curious for a number of reasons. slogan du jour is defy A quick glance at the pictures, and you think it was having a laugh – the 3 seems pretty much of a as far as visual cues go.

See it in the metal, and you may be more taken with it. The is unusually long, the cabin back towards the rear, the crisp and precise. This is – Soul of Motion in action, latest design language.

We kid you not. See also the recent and Mazda 6.

Beneath the sharp the 3 is Mazda’s third Skyactiv model (and if you think the end of the buzzwords, you’d better sit Essentially this means an balance of power and efficiency, optimised construction and clever (not downsized…) Skyactiv

The Mazda 3 is also very with a complete suite of safety measures collated the umbrella term i-Activsense. the interior impresses with prioritised ergonomics, comprehensive and good build quality. On the hand, it’s also curious to drive…

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3: performance

Mazda’s Skyactiv are technical marvels. In an age of small turbocharged rivals, the 3 has stuck to an all aspirated petrol line up, alongside a single 2.2-litre diesel.

The petrols – a 100hp 1.5-litre a 2.0-litre in 120hp and 165hp – are particularly notable for having high compression ratios their many innovations. promises improved ‘real fuel consumption and delivers of non-turbo torque. Low weight and engineering shine throughout.

We the 165hp 2.0, a smooth, revving unit that be a balm to anyone who isn’t with these turbocharged Nice, slick six-speed too. But we couldn’t help the punchy immediacy of an EcoBoost or or failing that, the zingy charms of Honda’s non-turbo

The diesel, by contrast, features an low compression ratio, which the useful part of the rev range the motor zipping smartly all the way tickover to 5,500rpm. It isn’t as refined as we were expecting, but 150hp it’s certainly

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Mazda 3: ride and

The new Mazda 3 is 40mm wider the model it replaces, which with the extended wheelbase and overhangs, further emphasises the reduction in height. It looks squat and square-stanced – even – on the road. Shades of Focus interaction with a rolling

The Mazda 3 can cover ground at velocity, yet seems vague and at more family-friendly speeds

a Ford-ness to the way the 3 drives as well – the two were closely allied for a so perhaps that should be no But whereas the Focus maintains a fluidity at all times, something from the VW Group now also the Mazda is more confusing.

moderately, the 3 exhibits weird, understeer, the front end eager to wide on the exit of corners, the steering is sharp but light, and to trust. Pick the pace up, and it gets better, as if the car needs a hand to show willing, and going far more predictably.

this in turn is counter-punched by modulated body control, that the Mazda leans not far but very quickly as you change An attribute that is unlikely to be to weaker stomachs, and leaves the something else to manage struggling to stay in sync.

while the suspension deals sudden bumps concisely, makes the overall ride choppy,even on smooth Spanish The result is a car that can cover at great velocity if you abandon content, yet seems vague and at more family-friendly speeds. we said, odd.

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Mazda 3: interior

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No conundrums when it comes to the 3’s Mazda has done a great Not only are the build quality and top rate, considerable thought has gone into making the comfortable and the controls easy to

Considerable thought has gone making the cabin comfortable and the easy to use

The new 3 is far more spacious the old 3, with redesigned seats, shoulder room and plenty of leg for its size. Smartphone integration via the new MZD infotainment system includes radio and social media powered by an app called Aha. Partridge would be proud.

the ability to tweet and update Facebook on the move in (relative) is sure to be a selling point to people, we were much impressed with the driving Not only is the main instrument clear to read, it’s now by a head-up display.

Like this, the dash-top position of the central seven-inch helps keep the driver’s on the road more of the time.

But to be doubly sure, in addition to the there’s a simple rotary surrounded by five, single-function that you quickly learn to ‘blind’.

So Mazda has doubled-up to every preference here – even as there’s voice as well, should you wish. then, that the nearest pillar almost always our visibility when tackling

Mazda 3: economy and safety

aside, the excellent ergonomics help make the Mazda 3 But that’s nothing compared to the features, which offer no than a dozen electronic to scan the road, watch blindspots, keep you in lane and activate the brakes if required.

from the way it looks to the unusual strategy takes a less path

There is no Euro NCAP yet, but in common with its 6 and CX-5, Mazda is anticipating The Skyactiv bodyshell includes high-tensile steel, improved protection, and even details specially strengthened sills to the wheels from intruding the cabin during a crash.

The 3 is a very aerodynamic car, active shutters on the lower grille and underbody panels to the airflow. Mazda’s stop-start is the fastest in the world, while the brake energy recovery is unique in its use of a fast-charging capacitor of a battery.

Together with the engines, this creates a yet efficient family car. the 165hp petrol auto no more than 135g/km while the 150hp diesel 74.2mpg.

Though the accompanying isn’t low enough to make it tax free, the diesel is very burning, meaning it emits harmful NOx emissions. Why Mazda want to go the extra 5g/km is a but expect an eco variant of the 3 in the future.

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