2017 Mazda3 2.0 Sport Nav Review
When the new Mazda3 was launched, it offered the model’s first proper facelift in a long time. The result is a sleeker, sportier look, with premium upgrades that bring it into an upscale space within the competitive hatchback market. These luxury additions take the car way above the rivals in its price range, giving you more bang for your buck.
The hatchback edition of the Mazda3 looks purposeful with a powerful front end, dynamic lines and an expressive design that oozes with intent. It came in the Crystal White Pearl colour that makes it stick out from the boring whites usually seen on cars. The car’s rear-leaning cabin and low stance contribute to its almost coupe look, hinting that something is hidden beneath. This is reflected in its performance, which matches the expectation set by the body. The optional 18-inch alloys tie together the whole ensemble and confirm the power within.
A leather interior upgrade aids the upmarket feel of the Mazda3, making it appeal to businessmen who want something economical and luxurious. The cabin wraps around the driver and surrounds them with everything they need in hands reach. A holographic heads up display provides customisable data that allows the driver to monitor speed, rpm and more without taking their eyes off the road. In the back, there is a surprisingly large amount of space and three children or two adults could sit comfortably. Additionally, the heated steering wheel is particularly welcome on cold winter days.
On the road, the Mazda3 feels smooth and shifts quickly through the gears, thanks to the short and accurate gearstick. This helps to connect you to the car’s performance, feeling more secure and stable than many hatchbacks in today’s market. With a 0-60mph time of 8.9 seconds, it’s no slouch and is perfectly suited for joining motorways at speed or having a little fun in a secluded area. An impressive 55mpg is achieved by the naturally aspirated 165bhp 2-litre engine, reducing fuel costs.
A 7-inch colour touch-screen featuring Mazda’s advanced mobile connectivity system sits prominently in the centre of the dashboard. With it, an array of features are at your fingertips including satellite navigation, traffic reports, social media, DAB/FM/AM/Internet radio stations and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone. A nine-speaker Bose stereo system is fitted to the car, providing an incredible in-car listening experience with lush sounds and thumping bass.
All things considered, the Mazda3 is a wonderful place to be, making you feel comfortable, powerful and confident. The price for this model with optional extras is just £22,395 OTR, bringing it in lower than other cars with this spec on the market today. If you’re after an affordable, reliable, practical yet luxurious five-door hatchback then look no further than the Mazda3.