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More tech for less cash, slick cabin and sweet dynamics make Mazda3 a Euro-fighter

Mazda logo10 Jan 2017

MAZDA has enhanced its small car offering, the Mazda3. Not that it needed to. At the time of writing, it was sitting pretty on the small-car sales podium holding a bronze medal, with the Toyota Corolla grabbing gold and the Hyundai i30 silver.

Unlike the other two, this classy little Mazda does not rely on headline-grabbing discount deals, fleet sales or rental business. The vast majority of its throughput is ordinary Australians handing over their hard-earned to buy a car for personal use.

We always considered the up-spec Mazda3s good enough to justify Euro money for a Japanese car, and Mazda has now boosted technology and lowered the price on the top-shelf SP25 Astina variant tested here.

Private buyers love their added extras, so we lived with this fully loaded Mazda3 for a week to find out if the updates will keep customers flowing through showroom doors.

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Model release date: 1 July 2016

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