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2019 Mazda3 Review – First Drive | carsales

2019 Mazda3 Review – First Drive | carsales

Over-hyped over-priced SUVs and sports cars
might be the centre of attention, but its cars like this Mazda3 that are the most important
vehicles on our roads. On-sale in Australia mid-year, this fourth
generation 3 is intended to continue the tradition of its predecessors and be one of Australia’s
top sellers.. The 3 is the start of a massive overhaul at
Mazda; it features the company’s latest technical thinking and a new generation of
the Kodo design language. And gee, both cars do look great. The hatch is aggressive and sexy, the much
longer sedan much dignified without being staid. Engine choices remain orthodox; 2.0 and 2.5-litre
four-cylinder petrol engines continue, as do six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The big powertrain development is the Skyactiv-X
spark and compression ignition engine … but we won’t see that till the end of 2019. What’s obvious now at the global launch
in Los Angeles is Mazda has taken a good thing and made it better. So first drive impressions of the new Mazda3
hatch in the hills above Los Angeles and I’m really impressed. The ride-handling balance is more mature than
the old car. I think that’s the best way to put it. Your get that sharp input in the current Mazda3,
settles quickly but it’s still sharp. This new car? Don’t feel it so much. And that’s not all, the great weakness of
the 3 has been how noisy it gets in the cabin … well all that has changed. A Mazda that ride and handles, well OK! That’s good news, it’s expected. Now here’s something you may not expect,
it’s really quiet. It’s maybe class-leading quiet. The other obvious improvement in this car
is the all-new interior, which has been redesigned to be simple and elegant. There’s a lot chat about premium around
the Mazda3 launch and you can see what they are talking about. This car does feel more upmarket than its
predecessor, interior materials, quietness, just the general ambience of the car works
really well. There are some down note about the new 3s;
despite a longer wheelbase there’s no more space in the rear seat, which remains a bit
cramped. And we’d have loved some rear air-conditioning
vents as well, but they have been ruled out. Perhaps the biggest bummer? Prices rises are just about guaranteed as
Mazda adds more equipment and chases arch-rivals like the Toyota Corolla upmarket. But those details will become clear closer
to launch, for now we can only judge what’s in front of us… Look, it’s always dangerous to make bold
calls when you have just driven a car for the first time in a foreign country on the
wrong side of the road, but this new Mazda3 does seem to be the real deal. Importantly Mazda has not thrown the baby
out with the bath water in developing this car. they have kept some great qualities from the
old one. Personally, I am really looking forward to
driving it again when it gets to Australia around mid-year.

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8 thoughts on “2019 Mazda3 Review – First Drive | carsales

  1. It's quite disappointing to take note of several downsides straightaway at launch: boot size smaller than previous version, no touch-screen function, interior still cramped, no rear air vents, no rear USB connection, clumsy rear three-quarter styling and huge blindspots at the C-pillar, no new/turbo engines, regressive torsion beam rear suspension, bland over-familiar front end look … Wow, I mean, wow, is that how one launches a new car?

  2. That high waist line on the back doors of the hatch makes it feel very claustrophobic. The cars dimensions are too big…like the Civic. Mazda has lost it's innovation and huge choice of vehicles that it had in the 1960's and 70's…

  3. Without all the wide angle lenses and colour filters, the most honest visual of this car is from 0:10 to 0:30 and 2:56 to 3:20

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