The new Mazda 3 and takes a few months between us and look good. It's lower and wider than the preceding model, and takes about 20 cm in length to 4.47 There comes m- its major rivals. Also it has a greater distance between axles, for example, to the VW Golf or Peugeot 308, other recent models in landing in this segment. They are extra centimeters noticeable in its interior, with good dimensions in all directions in both rows of seats, and a hollow leg on looser than it is on average between rivals rear seats.
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The trunk, however, is in the correct volume, as many of those extra centimeters of boasting remain in their nose, which is especially appreciated in view of the Mazda 3. The Japanese brand profile has worked hard the design of its latest models and the result enters the eye very easily. Inside is not so surprising, but achieves good fusion between modern and functional, with proper quality finishing and good adjustments, but without highlighting in what is seen in the category. In some areas there soft plastics and others are less rigid presence, but with a more remarkable overall visual result in our unit terminated Luxury.
In the improved instrumentation there is only one large central clock, in this case with the counter protagonist (in versions Press and Style design is different), while the speed displayed on a small digital display or via the Head Up Display, the system that projects information onto the windshield (also shown indications of the navigation system), which is standard on this version of the Mazda 3.
Get comfortable behind the wheel of the Japanese compact is a simple task. The basic controls are at hand, although the touch of a button should convey more strength. Seats, they encapsulate the body and provide good lateral support curve. To improve small storage compartments doors.
Instead of reducing the engine and add a turbo like other brands, Mazda SKYACTIV applies its technology to its atmospheric gasoline engines, combining direct injection with a high compression ratio. Debuts in the Mazda 3 2.0 120 hp, very nice in delivering power (despite the long development of change) and delivers peak torque much higher than turbo engines. In our dyno it has 20 hp more than the official (total 140 hp), which confirms the good feelings left us. The actual average consumption of 6.5 l / 100 km, can be considered correct, with good records in urban sections, thanks to the stop-start engine, which Mazda calls 'i-stop'.
The suspension shows a set-point sign, but with a high level of comfort. The steering is quick and brings finesse to the paths, while touching the change is quite nice. Noble reactions Mazda 3 give to enjoy agile handling on winding roads, leaving some prominence to the driver and confirm a plumb ride expressways.
1,900 euros promotion that Mazda currently offered on the petrol versions, leave the price of the Luxury unit tested in little more than 21,000 euros (list price is 23,100 euros), a competitive rate with an endowment of complete series ... and you can incorporate a central more colorful screen with the optional Navi Pack.
In short, this version of the Mazda 3 offers good balance of ride quality, comfort and performance, and a convincing overall performance considering using a naturally aspirated engine. The icing is its fantastic visual presence.