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2019 Mazda3 sedan range review | carsales

2019 Mazda3 sedan range review | carsales

The popular Mazda3 is now available in sedan
form to suit buyers needing more luggage space than the Mazda3 hatch has to offer. There’s a comprehensive selection of variants
on offer, comprising five trim levels and four powertrains, with the sedan also matching
the prices of the hatchback. And in good news for those who like to shift
gear for themselves, Mazda offers a manual transmission as an alternative to the automatic
for every variant of the Mazda3 sedan. But bad news for some: Mazda will no longer
compete in the sector of the small-car market around $20,000 – a sector that Mazda says
has accounted for just 10 per cent of Mazda3 sales in the past. The entry-level Mazda3 G20 Pure is priced
about four and a half thousand dollars higher than the previous base-grade Mazda3, reflecting
the new model’s higher specification. For the outlay, the Mazda3 G20 Pure comes
with Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker audio system, head-up display and satellite navigation. There’s also a raft of driver-assist technology
in this basic model, including forward collision warning, high-beam assist, lane-keep assist
and adaptive cruise control that will bring the car to a halt. The Mazda3 G20 Pure rides on 16-inch alloy
wheels and is powered by the smaller 2.0-litre engine In addition, all Mazda3 variants are equipped
as standard with rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera, traffic sign recognition
and autonomous emergency braking system that Mazda calls ‘Smart Brake Support’. This system detects vehicles behind as well
as in front. Moving up one rung to the Mazda3 G20 Evolve
brings added equipment for seventeen hundred dollars more… starting with 18-inch alloy
wheels. Dual-zone climate control is standard, in
place of the base model’s manual air conditioning; automatic models feature shift paddles and
the Mazda3 Evolve gains leather upholstery for the steering wheel rim and gear shifter. For $2300 more, the Mazda3 G20 Touring raises
the stakes with black leather upholstery for the seats, keyless entry, auto-dimming driver’s
side mirror, vanity mirrors inside and 10-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat with
two-position memory. Costing $2800 more than the G20 Evolve variants,
the Mazda G25 Evolve offers the keyless entry and electrically-adjustable driver’s seat
from the G20 Touring. Residing under the bonnet of the Mazda3 G25 Evolve is a larger engine that employs cylinder deactivation to save fuel. Nearing the top of the range, the Mazda3 G25
GT costs $4000 more, but does gain a lot of bells and whistles. The standard specification includes a BOSE
audio system, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors – auto-dimming on the driver’s side
– vanity mirrors and a heated steering wheel. And the whole lot is capped off with black
leather upholstery for the seats. As the flagship of the range, the Mazda3 G25
Astina is a burger with the lot – the fried egg on top being the high-spec driver-assist technology fitted as standard In addition to all the advanced-safety features
offered in lesser Mazda3 variants, the G25 Astina ups the ante with 360-degree camera
monitoring, adaptive LED headlights, driver fatigue monitoring, front cross-traffic alert,
rear smart brake support and cruising and traffic support. On the comfort front, the Mazda3 G25 Astina
scores a standard sunroof. Tacking a boot on the end of the Mazda3 opens
up the small-car range to a wider audience. And the pick of the litter has to be the Mazda3
G25 Evolve… plenty of kit, the larger 2.5-litre engine and automatic for a little over $30,000.

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