The next model up the ladder is the 3 which is also offered in two bodystyles: hatchback and sedan. Like all new-generation Mazdas, the 3’s core characteristics are based on the brand’s human-centred development philosophy. Such a philosophy encompasses friendly and usable features besides efficiency and performance.
Built on Mazda’s very own new platform, the third generation model’s base migrates from the Ford C1 to the SkyActiv platform which uses more high and ultra-high-strength steel, offering greater strength and less weight. It also supports various powertrain options including three SKYACTIV-G petrol engines — the SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre (100 PS) and two SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre engines offering 120 PS & 165 PS.
In 2017, there were some cosmetic upgrades to the exterior which include a new front grille and the integration of LED headlights. The model also gains G-Vectoring Control system, which is also available on the bigger 6 models.
Seats are supportive and comfortable and come with lower cushions for taller passengers. The seats offer a natural sitting position and good lateral support. Compared to most rivals, there’s a lot of bang for the buck in this car.
The 3 is surprisingly entertaining to drive, with well-calibrated suspension, precise handling from the invisible G-vectoring control and a tight character that makes it feel at par European equivalents.
|Engine||I4 2.0L FWD|
|No. Of Gears||4A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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