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Car Review - Mazda 3 Sedan Mild Hybrid 1.5 Astina (A)
12 Jul 2019  |  Mazda Reviews
If you are looking for a well-built, stylishly-designed, generously-equipped and comfortably refined compact family sedan, the Mazda3 promises to delight.
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   Consumer Reviews of Mazda 3 Sedan Mild Hybrid
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OVERALL RATING
 
3 Reviewers
3 out of 5
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Comfort
3.5/5 Reliability
3/5
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Handling
3/5 Features
3/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
3.5/5
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Value for money
2/5 Engine Performance
1.5/5
2 out of 3 (66.7%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Heartbreakid
5th Gear
12 reviews
2,461 points
1408 forum posts Joined on 15-Oct-2005
It's a beautiful car  Posted on 28 Jul 2019
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 1/5
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Test drove the Mazda 3 Sedan Elegance that comes with 18 inch rims. Reliability is given an average because this is a new model and hence issues are unknown. Previous model does have a fair share of issues like, engine vibrations, suspension knocking sound, etc. Hence this new model needs time to prove it reliability.

What I like
- Interior and Exterior design.
- Features (Even the Classic, which is the basic model has decent equipment and safety features.)
- Build quality. Door close with solid thump. And overall body panels do not eludes the thin hollow sound when knock as compare to previous model.
- Good ride comfort despite wearing 18inch wheels.
- Improved insulation against road and engine noise (Engine noise is much more refined at higher rpm than previous model)
- The drive eludes solid feel.

What I do not like
- SPACE: (Very) disappointing despite longer wheelbase that previous, and it seems previous model (already not a very roomy car) is slightly roomier in terms of legroom. The overall cabin feels snug within.

- BRAKES: The brakes lack of strong bite, this eludes an impression of weak braking performance because the bite power is correlated to your leg strength input. Perhaps is the way Mazda wanting the driver to have more "feel" to the handling than making the brakes way to power assisted?

- PERFORMANCE: Under normal driving, the 1.5 litre is enough but it will not eludes strong immediate overtaking power due. The kick down gears do not eludes the "push" feel. Ideally for such a body size and weight, the 2.0 litre or a 1.8 litre (which Mazda doesn't have as petrol model) will be a good balance, but price is another factor.

- PRICE: In terms of safety equipment, Mazda is generous with this new model, but factor in the engine size, the price for this category is on the high side. The highest range, Astina, model is priced really closed to Civic 1.5, Subarus or even its own Mazda 6. So the consideration for this new Mazda 3 is really up to personal choice on what the buyer is targeting (Performance? Equipment? Comfort? Design? Economy? Space? Or an overall good balance package of all?)

- Unknown updates frequency for this model: Usually for most makers, a model will be updated/ facelift one time, but for Mazda, like the Mazda 6 or 2, which has been facelifted 3 times (Mazda 2 updated model has been revealed), one will never be certain if the model is going to be updated for the better or not.

nawegoro
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 11-Sep-2019
Well thought out, poorly executed  Posted on 11 Sep 2019
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I will not recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 2/5 Features 1/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 1/5 Engine Performance 1/5
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Invited to test drive as I have registered for interest.
In sheet metal, this car looks impressive.
Interior quality is very good, layout is ergonomic, attention to details, sound is muted (except during engine high rev due to lack of power).
The drive, steering well weighted..... Then... Comes the disappointment.
Acceleration is lackluster, body roll, torsion beam rear suspension.
After test drive, checked the rear leg room, shocked, the longer wheelbase and overall car length does not translate to more legroom.
Even more disappointed with the price, more expensive than Altis and Civic ? This car comes with $10,000 VES rebate, how come the Elegance model so ex ? Forget about the base model as it is really bare bone.

What I like
Design
Interior quality
Sound insulation

What I do not like
Acceleration (Thumbs down)
Handling
Rear legroom
Price, expensive car considering lower PARF rebate from the VES discount, Toyota and Honda have better resale value and hey Impreza 2.0 is cheaper than Mazada 3 base model. Kia and Hyundai comes into play, you will be wondering if paying so much during the slow economy is a wise choice ?

Wasteland
Neutral Newbie
13 reviews
12 points
0 forum posts Joined on 13-Jul-2019
Improv d model  Posted on 07 Sep 2019
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Exterior looks is better than the previous generation.

Doors are pretty solid when closing them.

Interior is very good, soft touch materials in sue, seat cushions are good.

Comes with HUD in the high end model. Like the way the bsd is intergreted into the hud with a visual warning.

The center display can be better in terms of color and resolutions.

The 360 camera os good to have,but when displayed on the tiny screen, you really. Ant see much clearly,it soft of defeats the purpose of the 350 camera.

Engine is pretty much mazada engine, noisy when rammed hard. Hi weed speed is is able to cruise comfortably. Its feels pretty under powers at acceleration from a stop. If a 2litre or 1.5 pt engine is used, it will be a pretty good car.

What I like
- Good exterior and interior looks
- lots of safety features for the high end model
- 360 camera high end model
- Rims looks nice
- Nice seats with good cushions for its class
- drive handles pretty well, stable
- interior larger than previous Mazda 3
- nice steering wheel

What I do not like
- under powered engine
- center display screen size is too small
- 360 camera screen is pretty small

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Mazda 3 Sedan Mild Hybrid
3 stars - based on 3 reviews