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AT A GLANCE
transverse mounted SkyActiv-G
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder
petrol engine with i-stop, with
Ouputs: 138kW at 5700rpm,
250Nm at 3250rpm,
6.0L/100km, 141g/km CO2.
Chassis: McPherson strut front
suspension, multi-link setup at
the rear. Electric power
Connectivity: MZD Connect
infotainment system, 7-inch
colour touchscreen and rotary
navigation, Bluetooth, Internet
Safety: Front, side and curtain
airbags, ABS brakes with brake
force distribution and brake
assist. Traction control,
stability control. I-ActivSense
Dimensions: L 4580mm, W
1795mm, H 1450mm, W/base
Hot: Good-looking sedan with
excellent interior room.
Powerful and flexible engine,
with very good automatic
transmission. Very high level of
Not: Vehicle is expensive.
Verdict: Excellent offering for
who desire – and can afford –
luxury and safety in a compact
new Mazda3 is
the model it
March is a spacious and powerful
car. Wheelbase is 60mm longer
than the second-generation
Mazda3, and interior dimensions
have grown substantially in all
The car is more powerful, too.
It’s powered by the latest version
of Mazda’s SkyActiv-G 2.5-litre
petrol engine which offers 13 per
cent more power and 10 per cent
more torque than before, but
which is a massive 30 per cent
more fuel efficient. It now puts
out 138kW of power and 250Nm of
torque, and average fuel economy
While the mid-spec SP25 can be
purchased with a six-speed
manual transmission, the
Limited is exclusively an
automatic, which is in keeping
with the luxury intent of this car.
The SkyActiv-Drive six-speeder is
a very good auto though, and a
special feature is a new kickdown
switch that prevents unwanted
downshifts by using a detent to
increase accelerator pedal
resistance. This resistance is a
way of ‘‘telling’’ the driver when a
kickdown is imminent, so that he
or she can either ease off the
pedal pressure to avoid a
downshift, or increase the
pressure to cause one to happen.
The Mazda3 is also
significantly lighter than before
but with 28 per cent more
torsional rigidity, and as a result
is offers a stable yet nimble drive.
When that’s combined with such
luxuries as leather seat trim, a
power sunroof, power adjustment
of the front seats, and one of the
first heads-up displays in the
small-medium segment, then it
becomes obvious this is a lovely
car to drive.
But there are a number of top-
end vehicles in this segment that
are also lovely to drive, such as
the Ford Focus Titanium, Holden
Cruze SRi-V, Hyundai Elantra
Elite Limited, Toyota Corolla
Levin ZR, and Volkswagen Golf.
What makes the Mazda3 SP25
Limited special is the
i-ActivSense safety technologies
it carries. It includes:
● Adaptive front-lighting system:
This turns the headlights based
on the degree of steering input, to
maximum visibility around
corners and at intersection.
● Blind spot monitoring: Alerts
the driver of vehicles
approaching in the blind spot on
either side of the car. An LED
icon shines on the relevant side
mirror, and there’s a warning
beep if the car’s indicator is
● Distance recognition support:
Calculates and displays the
proximity and catch-up time to
vehicles in front at speeds
between 30kmh and 200kmh.
● Forward obstruction warning:
Detects vehicles in front and
alerts of any approaching risk of
collision early enough for the
driver to either brake or take
● High-beam control: Detects
oncoming traffic and vehicles in
front and automatically dips the
● Lane departure warning:
Detects lane markings on the
road and warns drivers of
unintentional lane departures.
● Radar cruise control:
Automatically adjusts vehicle
speed to maintain safe distance
from the car ahead.
● Rear cross traffic alert: Warns
of approaching vehicles or
pedestrians when reversing.
● Smart city brake support: At
speeds of less than 30kmh, uses a
infrared laser to sense if a vehicle
impact is about to happen, and
applies the brakes.
● Smart brake support: At speeds
of between 30kmh and 145kmh,
uses radar to judge if a vehicle
impact is about to happen, and
applies the brakes.
As I said earlier, the Mazda3
SP25 Limited doesn’t actually
need any of this, but it is excellent
that it is there. And even better is
the fact that the driver doesn’t
have to physically operate any of
them, which leaves the motorist
alone to do the safest thing of all
concentrate on driving the car.
Less expensive models in the
Mazda3 range have some of the
active safety features, so in that
regard they are also impressively
safe vehicles in their own rights.
But it is the Limited that is
loaded, which makes it a strong
choice for those on the market for
luxury and a very high level of
safety but not necessarily size.
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