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Mazda 3 SP25 2017 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7
The SP25 (starting at $25,690) marks the introduction to the range of the larger, more powerful 2.5-litre 'SkyActiv' engine.

The SP25 marks the introduction to the range of the larger, more powerful 2.5-litre 'SkyActiv' engine. Priced close to the 2.0 Touring, a manual will cost you $25,690 and the auto $27,690. The spec is more closely based on the Maxx, however, with cloth trim, leather highlights (steering wheel, gear selector and handbrake) dual zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, cruise control and power folding mirrors.

Your choice of sedan or hatch doesn't affect the price but comes with a 100 litre difference in boot capacity, the sedan winning out with 408 litres.

Mazda's 'MZD Connect' touchscreen media system handles the stereo and navigation duties. The 7.0-inch screen is attached to the top of the dash with sat nav, DAB+ digital radio, six speakers, USB and Bluetooth. Limited app integration is available but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is not. MZD Connect can be controlled via the touchscreen (when the car is stopped) or on the move using the console-mounted rotary dial and shortcut buttons.

The 3 range has a strong safety package, including forward auto emergency braking (AEB), six airbags, ABS and stability controls, reversing camera as well as reverse cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and reverse AEB.

The SP25's engine boost power to 138kW (up 24kW) and 250Nm (up 50Nm), while fuel consumption rises to a claimed 6.5L/100km for the manual and 6.1L/100km for the auto.

Pricing Guides

$21,990
Based on 288 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$16,777
Highest Price
$30,922

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Maxx 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,999 – 20,990 2017 MAZDA 3 2017 Maxx Pricing and Specs
Neo 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,990 – 21,990 2017 MAZDA 3 2017 Neo Pricing and Specs
SP25 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $21,000 – 23,990 2017 MAZDA 3 2017 SP25 Pricing and Specs
SP25 Astina 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $24,975 – 30,922 2017 MAZDA 3 2017 SP25 Astina Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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