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Either as a curvaceous sedan or a hunkered-back hatchback, the new Mazda3 is a complete design expression with an engaging driving experience.

19 Sep 2014

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Since it arrived on scene in 2004, the Mazda3 has been quite a game changer, quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular mid-sized cars on the market. Thus, it doesn't come as a surprise that the third and latest generation Mazda3 has big expectations.

After two generations of sharing a platform with Ford, the current Mazda3 was engineered completely in-house, which allowed Mazda engineers to work free of external constraints.

Just like before, the car is offered in two body styles - a sedan and a hatchback, which we have with us today.

Smart Keyless entry is standard on the Deluxe trim of the new Mazda3

Up close and Personal


The new Mazda3 is a standout, in terms of styling and design, and its long hood and 'cab-back' design really cast it in a different light.

Undoubtedly influenced by the sleek and swoopy Mazda6 sedan, the Mazda3 has its much more understated-looking rivals beaten in the styling department.


Measuring 4,460mm x 1,795mm x 1,465mm (L x W x H), the Mazda3 hatch is 120mm shorter in length but 5mm taller in height as compared to the sedan variant. This allows the hatchback to look tauter and somewhat faster even when the car's motionless.

Inside the car, Mazda has addressed the outgoing model's shortcomings with a modern interior that has more features including a new optional head-up display (Deluxe trim).

314 litres of boot space is large enough to see to daily needs


 
Retaining the same wheelbase as its sedan brethren, the hatchback does not compromise on room for passengers. What has been conceded though is 100 litres of cargo capacity as compared to the sedan, but the boot here is deeper and is still generous enough for more than a couple of grocery bags.
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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

Engine Cap

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1496cc

Horsepower

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88kW (118 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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150 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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11.8sec

Top Speed

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180km/h

Fuel consumption

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17.5 km/L

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