2015 Mazda3 | new car review

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by
2015 Mazda3
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 63,000 - 90,000
  • 4.2/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4.2 stars
  • 5 Reviews

  • 2015 3
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  • Last modified: December 14, 2014
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
    User: 87%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 88%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
    User: 82%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
    User: 97%
  • Performance
    Editor: 55%
    User: 78%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%
    User: 92%

Review Summary:

Mazda had altered the styling in 2014 drastically, and has retained what made the Mazda3 an absolute stunner for 2015.

Pros

Stylish
Good value for money

Cons

Slightly underpowered with the 1.6 litre engine
Head Up Display only available with the 2.0 litre engine

Looks

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.

2014 Mazda 3 Front

Feels

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.

2015 Mazda3 hatchback dashboard

Engineering

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.

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 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 variant.

2015 Mazda3 hatchback side

Summing it…

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

Specifications2015 Mazda3 1.6L2015 Mazda3 2.0L
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4 cyl2.0 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
105 hp @ 6,000 RPM155 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
145 Nm @ 4,000 RPM200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.5 secs9.5 secs
Top speed180 km/h210 km/h
PriceAED 63,000 - 76,000AED 88,000 - 90,000

28 Responses to 2015 Mazda3 | new car review

  1. Kim G Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm

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    I have a Mazda 3 1.6L here in Saudi Arabia for 2 months now. It’s my first car but I can tell its way better than the Kia and Hyundai counterparts. As for comparing to Toyota Corolla, I think theyre on the same level.

  2. Ahmed Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I got red 2015 Mazda sedan its from UAE its not base or high line its called sport line edition it has the screen of the base line but with all high line other editions & some more in susspension guess what it produces pure 170 HP can easily pass 210 high speed my sis have the normal high line I think it owns engine power more than other competitors cars but mine is a freak of engine I sware u wouldn’t have the courage to take it to the limit I tried to race Passat insignia new bm 316 no one till now can’t get close I think the insignia and Passat is almost like my sister car in engine power my sport line one can easily pass many 2000 cc cars but I stopped running to keep it safe

  3. sahemad Reply

    January 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hello,

    Planning for Mazda 3 2ltr model in Saudi Arabia, is it worth to buy over corolla? and how abt maintenance cost, is spare reliability good? I give basic important for engine is it worth to buy, I mean trouble free engine like Toyota or Honda. Trying Mazda for first time please help.

    • Ahmed Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Mazda made The 1984 reaching 205km consider 2016 do what I have red 2015 one sir the ratio between the torque & weight with dimensions of aero dynamics is incredible I passed corolla after 170,km insignia after 185 km I can pass 200 do pls talk about any thing except motors

  4. Norhan Reply

    January 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Hi ..
    I am from Egypt .
    I am looking for new car ..
    I am comparing between Opel Astra 2016 , Mazda 3 2016 and Toyota Corrolla 2016 .
    My main concern regarding Mazda is its very near to the ground and it has low acceleration .. so I hardly need your advice ..

    • Nasser Habib Reply

      January 11, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      I’m from Egypt, and regarding your question comparing between Mazda, Opel Astra and Toyota Corolla, I got Opel Astra for one year and half then I decided to sell it because the acceleration very very poor, the engine performance very bad.

      Then my short list to buy a new car was the Toyota and Mazda, and I purchased the Mazda, the car not that near the ground as it looks so far it never caused a problem for me, I got the high line, I recommend for you to get the high line too, the technology inside the cat far from Toyota. But you need to know two issues about Mazda, the engine not Skyactive engine and the gearbox 4 speed only not 6 speed.
      The agent doesn’t make clear which engine inside the car, however after driving the car for 7 month I’m totally satisfied with the acceleration and the 4 speed transmission not that bad, but I can tell it’s much better than the 6 speed with Opel.
      No doubt Mazda more attractive and the seats very comfortable, the lot of options make the Mazda the top at the market.

    • Ahmed Reply

      August 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      U will have many problems with the astra cause of petrol 92 . Even with the gear box ignore the astra and very expensive spare parts and services . I had the astra before and it does not have that stability we use to find in german cars and it’s made in poland . Choose between corolla and mazda

    • Ahmed Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Look norhan Mazda is the fastest car in all the 1.6 category specially on the road & top speed and the acceleration is fair its looks is clearly the best I it may be the closest to the ground But by something doesn’t car any Mazda can pass any insignia or past after 180 they won’t pass it & if they did u will bee getting 200 while they r struggling behind u cause simply the ratio of ur torque to the body is very efficient by the way I had red 2015 Mazda3 1600cc 170 HP sport line from UAE & my sister have 2016 high line from gabbour when I told u that its faster than the Opel insignia or passat after 180 I ment my sister car from ghabour my sport 2015 it can pass many 2000 cc cars it reaches 210 speed in a freky way u won’t need that power trust the ordinary one will impress u in every thing so u can’t talk about astra which is a failure or even corolla althought its much better than the failure astra but stil mazda is far better then corolla which look like a regular car cause it really is

  5. Jac Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Very confused between the 1.6L MZR engine vs 2016 2.0 skyactive engine.i am not a speed lover but definately would love a decent pickup and fun drive.the diffrnce betwn the both is 11k with other options.pls help.is the mzr enough or skyactive is a must must!!?

    • Nasser Habib Reply

      January 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      I think they didn’t get the Skyactive to Egypt because it needs petrol 95 octeen, I read it on Nile motors web site.
      I have the car and the MZR engine perform well, very economic with petrol and very smooth hardly you can hear it inside the cabin.

  6. Atif Adeel Reply

    October 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

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    As in Bahrain it is clearly mentioned in car broucher 1.6 mzr is an old engine compare to skyactive G engine with mazda logo cover. 1.6 doesn’t come with cover by default.

  7. Nasser Habib Reply

    October 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I just discovered that the engine for Mazda 3 in Egypt not Sky active engine plus the automatic gearbox not known which model is, and the most shame issue I discovered that there is no cover for the engine which comes on top of the engine to cover it and got Mazda logo.

    When I asked the local agent they said the car comes without engine cover to save the cost, and they refused to tell me the engine type but they confirmed it’s not Sky active engine. Probably it’s the old engine on the old model shape, which is model 2010

    I have good trust on the agent of Mazda in Egypt I’m dealing with them for 20 years now because they are agent for another brand in Egypt, but really I couldn’t believe this how they market the Mazda in Egypt, they screwed me with many other people bought the car as well.

    They depend on the information on the car on the internet says it’s Sky Active engine, while there cars it’s not that one, even the engine cover not there too!!!!

    • mazda fan Reply

      October 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

      I agree in everything as I own a 2015 version 1.6L too but if we can increase its performance by removing the speed governer or racing chips, if you know a place in Egypt can do that, please tell me.

  8. Nasser Habib Reply

    October 1, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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    I got 1.6 L High Line, the car got every single option you can think about it in higher classes, the only comment I have that the 1.6L engine it’s not powerful as I hope, the automatic transmission 4 speed not bad as I thought it’s much better than the 6 speed with Opel Astra.

    The car in general piece of art, very attractive from outside and inside, so beauty, driving very smooth.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Nasser,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us and all of our readers.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  9. Mario Fernandes Reply

    August 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

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    Worth buying excellent features

  10. Gino I. George Reply

    August 26, 2015 at 11:57 am

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    I have been in love with this car (2.0 L comes fully loaded) and compared it with its competitions here in Qatar. Nothing comes close to its beauty, features and mileage. Though I am torn in between good car and resale value, I am confused and cannot make up my mind. Is there anyone out there who can advice me on this matter please?

  11. NIDHEESH Reply

    May 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    hI THERE….. I AM PLANNING TO BUY 1.6 VERSION. i JUST WANT TO KNOW THE FUEL ECONOMY OF THIS MODEL? ANY ONE PLEASE HELP.
    tHANKS
    NIDHEESH

    • Mario Fernandes Reply

      August 31, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      51 Ltr tank drive for 600-680km you can fetch more depends on how u handle.

  12. AhmedAtef Reply

    March 28, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I bought the 1.6 two days ago and its pretty good! I only have one concern, if anyone can help me out here, my car came without a cover on the engine? is that normal? I got the full-option 1.6 and the salesman at the showroom said the 1.6 comes like that. I’ll be grateful if anyone who has the car can e-mail me about this matter. Thank you. aatefmoustafa@gmail.com

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      March 31, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I don’t own a Mazda 3 but can tell you that a cover on the engine is normal in many cars.

    • Mario Fernandes Reply

      August 31, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Even my mazda came with the same no worries enjoy ur drive

    • Nasser Habib Reply

      January 13, 2016 at 11:16 am

      HI

      I have the Mazda high line and it came without the engine cover too, I asked the agent and they said it comes to Egypt like that and they add probably to save cost.

  13. krithik Reply

    December 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hi,

    Thinkin of buyinng 1.6 sedan..is this model really slow when compare to corolla 1.6..

    Everything liked about this model/car…..concerned about power…

    pls share ur expertise..

    thanks

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      December 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Hi there Krithik,

      You are absolutely right, if power is your main criteria then you’re better off with the Corolla. Figures prove this as well. The Corolla puts out 121 horsepower, 154 Nm of torque and can accelerate to 100 km/h in 12.0 seconds, while the Mazda3 put out 105 horsepower, 145 Nm of torque, and takes a slightly longer 12.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h.

    • Mario Fernandes Reply

      August 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      for more power u need to feed more for the engine 1.6ltr is for fuel efficiency only

    • Ahmed Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Mazda is faster than corolla by too much if u took Mazda vs corolla vs Opel insignia Mazda after 170 km will leave them behind even the insignia which is turbo there r many things to consider such as ratio to tork according to car weight this is a complete teknology

    • Ahmed Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Mazda is faster than corolla by too much if u took Mazda vs corolla vs Opel insignia Mazda after 170 km will leave them behind even the insignia which is turbo there r many things to consider such as ratio to tork according to car weight this is a complete teknology

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