The new look Mazda3 with SKYACTIVE technology

Sporty and tons of fun, the new look Mazda3 is sure to blow your socks off. If you are in the market for a Mazda, definitely consider finding a Mazda 3 for sale on Auto Mart. With an elegant yet somewhat edgy look, the Sedan and Mazda 3 Hatchback delivers a sport performance you will fall in love with.

Design of the Mazda3

The design of the new look Mazda 3, constantly reiterated by Takumi craftsmen, follows Mazda’s ‘KODO — Soul of Motion’ lines. Their intricate shaping resulted in a brand with a dynamic look with each vehicle. Both stylish and sporty, this Mazda maintains its presence on the road amongst other cars in its class.

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The 5 door Mazda 3 Hatchback does not fall short of the sleek design. With more dynamic lines and a less clunky design than most hatchbacks, this is an elegant alternative to the average hatchback. The hatchback is slightly longer and shorter than most hatchbacks which gives it its sleek elongated look, while reducing its drag coefficient making it an improvement on earlier models and against other hatchbacks in its class. On its interior, the rear seats in the hatchback fold 60/40 for even more cargo space.

The Mazda 3 Sedan seats 5 comfortably in a sporty design that you won’t commonly find in a compact class car. The sedan has a nice posture- low arching yet high in the rear. The LED headlamps on the front coupled with the redesigned grille, now with a sportier, less plastic-like feel, give the Mazda3 an athletic look from the front. The dynamic lines flowing from front to back make this an attractive car all around.

On the interior of both the Mazda 3 hatchback and the Mazda 3 sedan, Mazda has designed the cabin to make you feel like a captain in control. With intuitively laid-out, easy to access controls all within your eye-line and hand’s reach, never fumble around or take your eyes off the road where they belong.

While not an entirely luxurious interior feel, the interior of the Mazda3 has pleasant features that are quite nice for a car in its class. The speedometer is large and centered once you look past your firm grip wheel with stitches you can feel giving you a taste of the care put into the design by Mazda’s Takumi craftsmen.

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Features of the Mazda 3

Mazda’s excellence performance is not confined to the way their vehicles drive. The features that Mazda delivers give you a greater sense of control over your driving experience- translating into an easier, and safer driving experience as well.

MZD Connect is Mazda’s web-based connectivity and information hub. From this 17.8cm screen, Satellite navigation is standard on the Astina and Astina Plus models. Control is not localised in the Mazda 3. Control the MZD Connect screen from the touch-screen, or use the multi-function commander situated below the gearstick for easy access without distraction.

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Enjoy your ride to the fullest with Bose speakers available on the Astina and Astina Plus models. These models also come with a useful Active Driving Display that gives you the essential data that you need to know right in your line of sight. Connect your phone to the Mazda Infotainment system via Bluetooth and enjoy all of the app integration features at hand.

The models also come with these features standard on all original models: audio controls on the steering wheel, radio/CD/AUX/USB connectivity, 4-6 speakers, driver seat-belt warning, keyless push to start, and a tilt and telescopic steering adjustment.

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Performance and Mazda 3 Specs

Mazda strives to put their motto of “celebrate driving” into all of their vehicles, meaning that their cars are meant to making driving, from the highway to a traffic jam- fun. You can have confidence in Mazda’s long history of sport and racing vehicles to know that your Mazda3 will be equipped with the best – even in a compact car.

The light body frame of these Mazdas give it a quickness on the road that is stabilised by the stiff steel underbody for more reliable handling. The Mazda 3 comes with a 1.6 MZR engine putting out 77kW of power with 144Nm/4000rpm of torque to maximize fuel.

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Mazda’s signature SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technology is a series of innovative technologies for collective performance between the engine, chassis, and transmission for a holistically enjoyable driving experience.

The SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine was developed by Mazda to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%, reducing fuel emissions, all while enhancing power. The Mazda quality piston uses direct injection, reducing fuel use and lowering harmful emissions. A smoother process reduces friction and gets you extra power when you need it most. This engine gives you 121kW of power with 210 Nm of torque.

G-Vectoring Control reads your steering and how you accelerate to manage engine torque to improve overall ride quality and handling, especially cornering response and stability. The GVC system alternates vertical load between the front and rear tyres to maintain a constant and reliable steering angle- recouping torque for more power when you drive. GVC on the Mazda 3 for sale ensures that the car reacts how you expect it to for reduced driver fatigue and increased ease when driving.

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SKYACTIV Drive transmission gives you the best of both worlds with dual clutch transmissions. Manual transmission driving feel with the smooth drive of an automatic, SKYACTIV Drive transmission gives you an easy gear shifting experience across the 6 speeds.

Both the Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda 3 sedan models are front wheel drive and the handling on the car makes it one of the most active in its class. The combination of the agile handling and the reliable and smooth braking make it one of the most balanced rides out of any compact car!

Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mazda 3 Sedan Models
1.6 Original1.6 Active1.6 Dynamique 1.6 Dynamic Auto2.0 Individual2.0 Individual Auto2.0 Astina Auto2.0 Astina Plus Auto
Engine Capacity 1 598 cc1 598 cc1 598 cc1 598 cc1 998 cc1 998 cc1 998 cc1 998 cc
Power77 kW @ 6 000 rpm77 kW @ 6 000 rpm77 kW @ 6 000 rpm77 kW @ 6 000 rpm121 kW @ 6 000 rpm121 kW @ 6 000 rpm121 kW @ 6 000 rpm121 kW @ 6 000 rpm
Torque144 Nm @ 4 000 rpm144 Nm @ 4 000 rpm144 Nm @ 4 000 rpm144 Nm @ 4 000 rpm210 Nm @ 4 000 rpm210 Nm @ 4 000 rpm210 Nm @ 4 000 rpm210 Nm @ 4 000 rpm
Fuel Consumption6.2 / 6.0 litres per 100 km6.2 / 6.0 litres per 100 km6.2 / 6.0 litres per 100 km6.9 / 6.7 litres per 100 km6.2 / 6.1 litres per 100 km5.9 / 5.8 litres per 100 km5.9 / 5.8 litres per 100 km5.9 / 5.8 litres per 100 km
Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)12.8 / 13.0 seconds12.8 / 13.0 seconds12.8 / 13.0 seconds13.5 / 13.6 seconds8.2 / 8.3 seconds8.9 / 9.0 seconds8.9 / 9.0 seconds8.9 / 9.0 seconds
Safety in the Mazda

In line with Mazda’s commitment to innovation, Mazda has several unique safety options available on all of its vehicles.

The Mazda 3 comes with a range of safety features standard on each of its vehicles. Feel safe while you drive with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS and Driveline Traction Control, Rear Child Safety Locks. Side Impact Beams, and a reinforced light frame to allow for efficiency with the strength to protect.

A vital available safety package is the Safety Pack option which includes a blind-spot monitoring system with mirror indicator and beep, a rear cross-traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support.

Smart City Brake Support protects you for even low speed impacts. The SCBS monitoring system on the Mazda3 detects both pedestrians and the road ahead, and engages the brakes to be more responsive in case you need to brake suddenly. If you can’t make it to the brake in time, the Smart City Brake Support engages the brakes to be applied automatically. It even works when going in reverse.

Some Highlights of the Mazda 3 Models
  • 1.6 Original: Bluetooth capabilities, keyless start, tilt & telescopic steering adjustment
  • 1.6 Active: Front LED fog lamps, 6 speakers, MZD connect system and display
  • 1.6 Dynamic: Manual and Automatic transmission, power fold mirrors, leather interior
  • 2.0 Individual: Advanced keyless entry, hill launch assist, power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • 2.0L Astina: Satellite navigation, BOSE sound system, blind spot monitoring
  • 2.0L Astina Plus: LED active headlamps, lane departure warning, Smart City Brake Support
Mazda 3 Price

If you are looking for a new Mazda 3, this is what you can expect to pay:

1.6 Original1.6 Active1.6 Dynamique 1.6 Dynamic Auto2.0 Individual2.0 Individual Auto2.0 Astina Auto2.0 Astina Plus Auto
Mazda 3 HatchbackStarting at R 262 700Starting at R 275 800Starting at R 289 100Starting at R 300 700Starting at R 336 800Starting at R 349 000Starting at R 384 000Starting at R 413 900
Mazda 3 SedanStarting at R 257 200Starting at R 270 300Starting at R 283 600Starting at R 295 200Starting at R 331 300Starting at R343 500Starting at R 378 500Starting at R 408 400

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