Zoom on the “3”
This one needs no introduction! The Mazda 3 has been, for a quite a long time one of the most fun-to-drive car in its segment. Combining flamboyant styling with crisp handling, this model has it all to impress or should we rather say keep impressing an already floored public.
The Mazda 3 is one of the flagships of the car manufacturer from Hiroshima. This car has made a name for itself in markets across the world, and Mauritius is no different. For our review we bring you the Mazda 3 Sedan. This model adopts almost the same styling after being redesigned a couple of years ago. The new lines do put forth a re-sculpted front wheel arches that somewhat reminds us of that beautiful Mazda Takeri concept – a design reminiscent of a cheetah about to pounce on its prey. Don’t shoot the messenger! The long bonnet and wide-stretching headlights do convey an ounce of aggressive looks, but we could wish it to be a little bit more. Still we get that new front fluid lines of the fascia that transition nicely into the flared front fenders. To match the somewhat different look, the rear has been re-designed while still keeping that sexy, big booty of the original Mazda 3.
Most of the change is on the inside actually. The Mazda 3 now offers a smoother and upgraded feel. The 3’s cockpit receives refined curves and soft-touch pieces of plastic. As we all know, the Japanese are not great with the plastic used on board of their cars, but the Mazda 3 is the unorthodox one with a much better feel. The instruments’ position is spot on in every way. The dash adopts two screen – one for the on-board computer & other setting and the other for the climate control. The settings are only a touch away with the on-steering wheel buttons – browse through the computer, audio or set up your cruise control. The only downside in the front might just be the access to the window control panel on the driver’s door – with the hand grip always getting in the way. But this is just a matter of getting used to it, and you won’t even notice it – so it now all depends on your adaptability rate. You can still take your time as the 3 offers great safety features… well to keep you safe – 6 airbags, ABS brakes with stability and traction control.