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It is time for the Altis to battle again - this time with the all new Mazda3.

16 Apr 2014

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Mid-sized sedans have evolved over the past few years, casting off their composed appearance and miserly disposition for something much more appealing, including better interiors and more features.

Quite recently, the Toyota Corolla Altis went bumper to bumper with the Kia Forte K3 and the Volkswagen Jetta in a hard fought match.

In what may seem like love at first sight, we were bowled over by the Mazda3's sleek looks even from the top

Since then, a new contender to the throne has arrived. The third generation Mazda3 brings along a slew of SkyActiv technologies and new features that place it right among the big boys in the mid-size sedan segment.

This warranted another battle. But this time, Japanese only.


Measuring 4,580mm by 1,795mm by 1,450mm (L x W x H), the Mazda3 is 40mm shorter, 20mm slimmer and sits 10mm lower than the Altis, allowing the latter to have a slight edge in terms of road presence.

But in the looks department, the Mazda3 is the more appealing one with its funky sheet metal inspired by the signature 'KODO: Soul Of Motion' design language.

Beautifully sculpted lines sweep across the Mazda3's body with lots of flair, allowing the car to look like a piece of art on four wheels.

While both cars are equipped with 16-inch wheels as standard, the Altis' multi-spoke (right) is the more stylish one

On the other hand, the Altis opts for a safer approach and brings across a more sophisticated look. This is contributed by the new LED headlamps with daytime running lights that also assist in providing excellent visibility.

The new design for the Altis is indeed one that is worthy of praises, helping the Japanese shed the old and boring image of its predecessors and allowing it to bear some European traits.

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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC SkyActiv-G

Engine Cap





88kW (118 bhp) / 6000 rpm



150 Nm / 4000 rpm



6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


17.5 km/L

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