Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Practical Favourite Zoom-Zoom and Practicality; as the Countdown to the New Models Begins, Vani Naidoo Revisits One of Australia's Most Popular Cars

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Practical Favourite Zoom-Zoom and Practicality; as the Countdown to the New Models Begins, Vani Naidoo Revisits One of Australia's Most Popular Cars

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What matters most

What we liked: Reliable ride, versatility, good inclusions.

What we'd like to see: Better front seats, reverse camera or sensors as standard.

Warranty and servicing: Mazda offers a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Servicing is every six months or 10,000km.

The lowdown

It's difficult to sell the advantages of this update when the new year will see an even more stylish Mazda3 complete with better fuel economy and features hitting our shores.

Yet this Mazda3 Maxx remains a real-value addition and with the company hinting at a further drop in price before December it may be silly to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Then again, with the declining Aussie dollar value, there may be no better time to grab a bargain.

Vital Statistics

Model: Mazda3 Maxx Sport.

Details: Four-door front-wheel drive small sedan.

Transmission: Five-speed auto or six-speed manual

Engine: 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder DOHC S-VT petrol generating maximum power of 108kW at 6500rpm and peak torque of 182Nm @ 4500rpm.

Consumption: 8.2 litres/100km combined average (7.9l/100km for the manual).

CO2: 193g/km.

Bottom line: From $19,990 drive-away (Maxx Sport from $24,490, as tested).

THE Mazda3 has had a prolific rise to the top of the small car segment using performance, price and quality as a foundation from which to impress. Its not-so-friendly tussle for the number one spot with the Toyota Corolla has always been an interesting fight to watch with the Mazda3 crossing the line first for the past two years.

As it stands the Corolla is ahead - just marginally so - and recently drive-away prices dropped to $19,990 for entry-level models to help maintain sales momentum ahead of the much talked-about new model arriving in the new year.

Comfort

The Mazda3 is big for a small car - that is one of its appeals - and it will carry you in some comfort. …

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