2015 Mazda3 | new car review
Good value for money
Slightly underpowered with the 1.6 litre engine
Head Up Display only available with the 2.0 litre engine
Mazda had altered the styling of its Mazda3 in 2014 drastically and in 2015, it retains all the elements that made it an outright 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.
The first thing you notice upon entering the cabin, 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. The Mazda3 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.
In terms of tech, the 2015 Mazda3 packs in an interesting i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Ideally, it harnesses the 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.
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 Mazda3 sedan starts at AED 63,000 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. Enter 2.0 litre territory and you’d have to be willing to shell out either AED 88,000 for the sedan, or AED 90,000 for the 155 horsepower hatchback variant.
The 2015 Mazda3’s 1.6L doesn’t exactly pack a lot of punch under the bonnet. Rated at only 105 horsepower, it lacks performance when compared to the Nissan Tiida’s 116 horsepower. But opt for the 2.0 litre version, and there’s a decent amount of kick found with 155 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque.
|Specifications||2015 Mazda3 1.6L||2015 Mazda3 2.0L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre / 4 cyl||2.0 litre / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|105 hp @ 6,000 RPM||155 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|145 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||12.5 secs||9.5 secs|
|Top speed||180 km/h||210 km/h|
|Price||AED 63,000 - 76,000||AED 88,000 - 90,000|