The “vroom vroom” factor is back with the seventh generation Mazda 3 reaching our shores. I have long awaited the return of the excitement factor in Mazda’s everyday run about range.
Easily likeable thanks to the edgy styling, sharp lines and crisp features, the conventional design approach has been set aside for this generation. I almost think of it as though they are hiding an Alfa designer in their arsenal.
The 2,0-litre, in-line 4 cylinder engine offers a punchy 121kW which happily churns the tar up through a front wheel drive setup. The ride quality gives great feedback from a driver’s perspective, a very sporty feel from the cockpit especially when holding onto the stylish steering wheel, while stroking the paddle transmission switches with your fingertips.
The cockpit is an extremely impressive place to find yourself, as the design language has been elevated to, dare I say, German saloon quality. I find the level of trim and modern day standard features abundant with the Mazda heads up display, blind spot monitoring, 12 Speaker BOSE sound system, Key-less entry, adaptive LED headlights, reverse camera, inflatable lumbar support, and the list simply goes on.
With all the features found inside the sporty sedan I have found something new and exciting to ogle and ooh over every time I climb into the car.
It is perhaps a bit expensive for a mid-sized sedan, however you cannot help but drive it enthusiastically from time to time as the driving experience delivers a certain purity. Mazda has definitely displayed their human-centric philosophy of ‘Jinbai-Ittai’, where the driver and vehicle are seen as one.