Car reviews - Mazda - Mazda3 - SP25 Astina sedan
More tech for less cash, slick cabin and sweet dynamics make Mazda3 a Euro-fighter
10 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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