2020 Mazda 3 Review: After five years of loyal service, the third-generation Mazda 3, particularly well received by critics, is bowing. Presented by the builder of Hiroshima as better in every respect, will her substitute succeed in making her eldest forget?
The underdogs are rebelling: after the Toyota Corolla last week taking over successfully the torch of the Auris, it is the turn of his compatriot the Mazda 3 to renew entirely for the fourth time. Admittedly, this is not today the most popular model of the Hiroshima manufacturer – this title goes to the CX-3 – but more than six million units have been sold since its launch in 2003.
And if there is one area where the 3 has particularly evolved during these years, it is that of design. From consensual, it is indeed passed to elegant to finally arrive at – and I weigh my words – masterpiece that you have in front of you today. Sharp look, long diving hood, inflated wings, and elusive roofline, this is the latest evolution of the style called “Kodo” which achieves a result that is fluid, organic, dynamic and racy, all with a simplicity remarkable. Did Mazda beat Alfa Romeo at his own game? there is no doubt. Specific work has also been done at the level of light and this is particularly evident with the remarkable depth of the paint of our test model, Soul Red Crystal, which is well worth the extra $900 claimed.
2020 Mazda 3 Redesign & Changes
However, it only takes a few seconds to set the profile to determine that this spectacular design required some compensation for space on board. This very long hood going against the trend “monospace” generally results in a report space/habitability back that does not today correspond to that of a compact measuring 4.46 m long. An adult can, however, take a seat comfortably, but the place is counted to the knees if the occupants of the front seats take their ease, a little less to the head.
The small size of the rear windows, whose shape is reminiscent of those of a Toyota C-HR, moreover, leaves too little light. Same concession for the extremely high trunk: the low rear overhang that drives the wheel arches on either side of the cargo space generates a volume of only 334 liters. That’s 30 less than the previous generation, which was already not extremely well equipped in this area, and this makes it one of the lowest values in the compact class, some of which are even more versatile. However, it is perfectly assumed by Mazda that does not place the 3 as a family as such, but rather as a car for young couples putting the practical aspects behind the aesthetics, refinement, and dynamism in their list. priority.
2020 Mazda 3 Interior
The simple and pure approach of the bodywork line is perfectly reflected in the drawing of the dashboard with the drawing of great elegance. If the Italian influence is obvious to the outside, the 8.8-inch central screen facing the driver reminds more of what is being done in the Bavarian region, a stronghold of BMW, just like the three round counters circled in chrome, the middle one being digital. Finishing as a choice of materials do not have much to envy premium brands. In terms of equipment, there will also be no stripped model entry level since standard, from the first level of finish, the 2020 Mazda 3 embeds LED front and rear lights, air conditioning, head-up display, blind spot alert, adaptive cruise control, panel reading and navigation!
2020 Mazda 3 Specification – under the hood
This is a huge disappointment, but it will still wait until the fall to see the arrival of the extraordinary new engines SkyActiv-X with their revolutionary ignition mid-way between those of gasoline and diesel. To wait, we can choose between a 1.8 SkyActiv D of 118 hp and a 2.0 SkyActiv-G of 122 hp, that of our test model.
This is a revised version of the engine that fitted the previous generation and, if power and torque change very little, 122 hp at 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm at 4,000 rpm against respectively 120 and 210 reached at the same speeds, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are greatly reduced thanks to a cylinder deactivation system and a light hybrid 24V M Hybrid consisting of an alternator-starter and a small lithium-ion battery.
Thus the first is given for 5.1 l / 100 km and the second for 117 g / km of CO2 in mixed against always 5.1 l / 100 km and 119 g/km of CO2, knowing that between the two, we have gone from NEDC standards to the most severe correlated WLTPs. At 10.4 s against 8.9 s previously, the performance on the 0 to 100 km/h is, on the other hand, declining because of a different staging of the mechanical gearbox, the version with automatic transmission stagnant, it, at 10.8 seconds. According to Mazda, the Skyactiv-G is expected to account for 85% of sales, leaving only 15% for diesel, and the 70% mechanical gearbox.
With such an endowment from the entry level and 120 hp available, the rates of the 2020 Mazda 3 start unsurprisingly high, with a first price of $27153. But it is however all that there is more competitive equivalent power and finish against its closest competitors are the Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf .
2020 Mazda 3 Price & Equipment
The prices of the 2020 Mazda 3 start at $27,153, a price that includes a colossal endowment, including including 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, adjustable mirrors and folding power and heating, air conditioning, head-up display, keyless entry and start, reverse radar, city emergency brake assist, blind spot detector, active obstacle recognition in reverse, trajectory maintenance, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam management, digital counter and multimedia system with eight speakers, 8.8-inch center screen, navigation as well as Android Auto and CarPlay.
Against a minimum of $29744, the Style finish adds 18-inch wheels, steering wheel and heated front seats, automatic climate control, front parking radar, driver alert system with camera, active recognition of moving obstacles in the forward direction and 360 ° camera.
Two high-end finishes are based on the latter. The first, Sportline, from $31885, with a sports theme, adds some presentation details as well as a 12-speaker Bose sound system and adaptive LED headlights. The second, Inspiration, from $32223, does more in comfort, with leather upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat and the same Bose sound system.
As usual at Mazda, the options boil down to body colors, with $563 to add for metallic paint or mica, $732 for the “Machine Gray” and $901 for the Soul Red Crystal. Both engines are also available with a six-speed automatic gearbox (with paddles on the steering wheel from the Sportline trim) for an additional $2253.