2009 Mazda3 | new car review

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 by

The is one of those useful little cars that somehow manages to duck under most new car-buyer’s radars here in the Middle East, even though it has sold very well across Europe and the rest of the world, with up to 1-million units purchased.

The 3 has proven itself very well all over the planet, and it is now the time for it to offer the great all-round practicality and interesting drive that so many buyers found so attractive, to the market here, and one wonders how well it will fair.

You could call the Mazda3 the little king of curves, as you will not find much in the way of hard edges on this compact sedan, or even the variant. This coolly curving design not only sets the Mazda3 apart from the rest of the bunch in this segment, it also allows Mazda to make the car spacious and practical without the onlooker necessarily thinking that that is the car’s out and out purpose – the 3 still looks a little fun and sporting, too.

2009 Mazda3

The friendly upswept face featuring the current modern-looking style of headlights gently rolls onto nicely flared wheel arches and quite a kicked-up rear end that gives the appearance that the car is always on its toes and ready for the drive ahead. It is also a look that is all its own, something that can be hard to find in this often generic-looking segment of the market, but then again, Mazda knows a thing or two about making interesting and different-looking cars.

Handling and driving wise, the Mazda3 is pretty much at the top of its game, with a nicely tight and responsive chassis, that when you’ve eventually kicked the kids out of the car, will mean you can go and enjoy this sporty little number on the twists and turns of your favourite back road.

While it could do with more power and a bigger engine option; if you keep the speed and inertia up as high as possible, the Mazda3 will reward you with good grip and precise steering.

2009 Mazda3

The Mazda3 features five different trim levels, with your only option for a manual gearbox coming along with the very base model car, the rest of the models having a five-speed automatic gearbox with a manual shifting option. There are options for leather upholstery, a sunroof and a premium audio system with a multi-CD changer, higher-up the range.

Safety devices are a little limited in the Middle East region, too, with available airbags that only include the standard driver’s side airbag and an optional passenger-side airbag, while the quite crucial ABS braking system is standard only further up the model range. This seems to unfortunately detract from what is a great little package – if the Mazda3 had a little more built-in safety and an option for a more powerful engine it would make it much more viable choice for the family man that wants a little fun at the weekends.

At the time of going to press the new 2010 Mazda3 had been announced and unveiled globally, but there was no news on when it would go on sale in the GCC.

Specification

 

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan/hatchback1.61031454A

 

Price Range (AED) 54,800–68,800

 

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