Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
How much is a Mazda3? Well, the Mazda range has five grades to pick from: Pure, Evolve, Touring, GT and the Astina.
Then there’s a choice of two engines: the G20 and the more powerful G25, which you can get with a manual gearbox or automatic transmission. The thing is you can’t get all grades with both engines. I’ll show you.
Here are the list prices (RRP) for the manual versions with the G20 engine – just add $1000 for the automatic: the G20 Pure is the entry-point into the line-up and lists for $24,990; above it is the G20 Evolve for $26,990 and then the G20 Touring for $28,990.
Now, here’s what you’ll pay for the grades with the G25 engine, and again these are for the manual cars, but add a grand for the auto: the G25 Evolve is $29,490, above that is the G25 GT for $33,490 and then at the top of the range is the G25 Astina for $36,990.
The hatch has arrived first and the sedan will be in dealerships by mid-2019 – both cost the same.
As for drive-away prices – speak to your dealer at the end of the month and see what they can do.
The level of standard features across the range is seriously good. Coming standard on all cars is a head-up display, an 8.8-inch screen, reversing camera, sat nav (GPS), adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital (DAB+) radio, Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted controls.
All Mazda3s come loaded with advanced safety equipment such as AEB, blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance which you can read about below. All come with rear parking sensors, too, while the Astina has front ones as well.
The G20 Pure and G20 Evolve have cloth seats, while the rest have leather with a power adjustable driver’s seat.
Only the G20 misses out on paddle shifters and dual-zone climate control, but has single-zone air-conditioning instead.
The only difference between the G20 Evolve and G25 Evolve (apart from the engine) is the G20 has cloth seats while the G25 comes with proximity unlocking and a power adjustable driver seat.
The G25 GT and G25 Astina come with a 12-speaker Bose stereo but the eight-speaker sound system which is standard on the rest of the grades is excellent.
All have push-button start and only the G20 Pure and G20 Evolve don’t have a proximity key.
The top of the range G25 Astina is the only Mazda3 which comes standard with a sunroof.
It’s great that all cars have LED headlights and LED tail-lights.
Is it good value? Yes, absolutely. Sure, getting into the line-up costs more than some of the rivals such the Kia Cerato or Hyundai i30, but the base grade Mazda3 is better equipped than the entry-level grades of those cars.