Mazda 3 Astina 2.0 4 door

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Mazda 3 Astina 2.0 4 door sedan

A new design, a new breath of life for Mazda and the segment and a beautifully crafted automobile for everyone. We previously drove the Mazda 2 and the CX-3, both built with the impressive new design philosophy incorporated in the Mazda 3 design.

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Great interior, quality finishes and well equipped

 

The interior is a welcoming space to spend your commuting time with the prominent dash mounted 7 inch screen easily visible and displaying everything a motorist needs from radio stations, bluetooth connection devices to satnav. The navigation wheel (multimedia commander) below the gear lever is intuitive to use and facilitates effortless connection of your mobile phone or music device to the excellent 9 speaker sound system as well as easy selections and setting of favourite radio stations and route destinations.

 

The system will allow you to feed twitter and Facebook to the screen while reading your emails and messages back to you.

The centrally placed digital speedometer sits perfectly in line with the driver. Personally I’m not a fan of digital speedos but this is more than made up for by the wrap-around rev counter. Warning lights and information systems are placed either side and all information is visible in a normal driving position.

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The multimedia commander

It’s very satisfying to feel so in control or at least have all the information fed to you so readily. Throw in the multi-button steering wheel and you’ll almost never want to leave the cockpit of the Mazda 3 as it provides everything you need at your fingertips.

The styling of the Mazda 3 Astina appeals to our taste. We liked the sleek lines and the steeply raked grille which add to the stance of the car. The wheels are stylish 18″ alloys shod with 215/45’s which boost the car’s sporty feel and offer more response through the corners but at the same time will transfer all the imperfections of our local roads. On perfect surfaces the ride is smooth thanks to the 121kW of power and 210Nm of torque offered at an extremely frugal 5.8 litres/100km (claimed) by the 2.0 petrol engine.

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Sedan and Hatch-back – it’s a tough choice

In car creature comforts include the luxurious leather seats with racing-styled red stiching on the steering wheel and body hugging seats. Full climate control instead of basic air-conditioner is also a great selling point in our climate. As with the Mazda 2 and CX range we have driven, the voice command setup for bluetooth, navigation and dialing, is superb.

A nice feature is the heads up display which automatically raises itself above the steering wheel and should help to keep your eyes on the road while displaying speed and navigation directions. It’s an additional safety feature to go along with the 6 airbags and the blindspot monitoring system.

Peace of mind is offered by the 3 year unlimited kilometer warranty backed up by a 3 year unlimited roadside assistance plan and 3 year service plan regardless of kilometers traveled.

In conclusion the Mazda 3 Astina is a great sedan although the boot is somewhat smaller than some of its class rivals it brings a lot to the table in terms of style, driving fun, creature comforts and that Mazda factory back-up for reliability. Make sure you drive the Mazda 3 if you’re in the market for a new car, you will not regret it.

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