2014 Mazda 3 | new car review

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 by
2014 Mazda 3
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 57,000 - AED 71,000
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

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  • Last modified: December 24, 2013
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
    User: 80%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
    User: 95%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
    User: 100%
  • Performance
    Editor: 55%
    User: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%
    User: 90%

Review Summary:

Most of us have probably noticed how a Miata has a grinning front end; the cheer has spread to the rest of the line-up including the 3, except with a sharper edge that means business. has altered the styling for 2014 drastically and the all new 3 is surely a stunner.

Pros

Stylish
Good value for money

Cons

Slightly underpowered
Start - Stop only available on the
No leather seats option

Looks

Mazda has altered the styling for 2014 drastically and the all new Mazda 3 is surely a stunner. The large black grill with slits in the lower bumper add more down-force giving the car a sportier vibe over its tamer rival, the Toyota Corolla.

2014 Mazda 3 Front

Feels

The first thing you notice upon entering is the neat center console and how it funnels downwards to meet with the gear lever. Plenty of cup holders scattered around for the on-the-go caffeine-oholics. The A/C knobs are well planted, however, cheaper plastics are used for the no frills model. Other setbacks in the base model include the lack of command buttons on the steering wheel, which quite frankly you can live without since the abundance of buttons is just confusing most of the time. The Mazda 3 can seat 4 adults reasonably comfortably, however it’s important to keep in mind that the sloping roof shaves off a few inches of headroom.

2014 Mazda 3 side

Engineering

In terms of tech, the Mazda 3 packs in an interesting i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Ideally, it harnesses the MAZDA6’s kinetic energy during deceleration, re-using it as electrical energy. Typically, about 10% of an engine’s power is converted into electricity and used to power the car’s electrical systems. With i-ELOOP regenerative braking system generating electricity, 100% of the engine’s power can be used for propulsion, creating even better fuel efficiency.

2014 Mazda 3 hatch rear

What’s on offer?

The 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine has an output of 105 HP and 145 NM of torque. The 4-speed Activematic transmission offers fully automatic operation or the responsive feeling of pseudo-manual gear shifting. The base Mazda 3 sedan starts at AED 57,000 and is equipped with one-touch power windows for the driver’s side, power steering with tilt & telescopic adjustment, 60:40 folding seats, multi-information display, and dual front airbags. For an extra AED 6,000, the fully loaded version gets a sunroof, Bluetooth, USB & AUX jack, power folding mirrors, alloy wheels, a lip type spoiler, and Bi-Xenon headlamps. And for those hell-bent on paying an AED 14,000 premium for the sportier looking hatchback for a total of AED 71,000, it’s the only variant that comes with keyless entry and Start-Stop ignition.

Summing it…

The 2014 Mazda 3’s only available 1.6L doesn’t exactly pack a lot of punch under the bonnet. Rated at only 105 HP, it lacks performance when compared to the Nissan Tiida’s 140 HP. The interior is attractive with its simple and symmetrical layout of knobs and buttons. The driver’s set-up is driver focused with good visibility all around, a leather steering wheel, and sporty gauges.

One Response to 2014 Mazda 3 | new car review

  1. Abdullah Moe Reply

    October 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    • Interior
      80%
    • Exterior
      90%
    • Quality
      95%
    • Features
      100%
    • Performance
      75%
    • Value for money
      90%
    • Rated 5 stars

    One of the best cars i have driven in my life and i would recommend it to everyone i know

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