Mazda 3 is a ‘party on wheels’

2017-10-31 06:00
PHOTO: quickpicThe new-look Mazda3.

PHOTO: quickpicThe new-look Mazda3.

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THE new-look Mazda 3 can only be described as a ‘party on wheels’. With its new safety features, snazzy looks, sound system like no other and fuel economy - this car appeals to both young and old.

Last year Mazda introduced a new innovation called G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which basically improves the ‘relationship’ between car and driver. According to Mazda GVC engages by finely controlling engine torque that is based on the steering and acceleration of the driver, resulting in improved handling for the driver and ride quality for the passengers around corners.

It was first introduced in the Mazda 3 and I drove the 2.0L Astina Plus.

Safety features are the order of the day with this car and any parent transporting children will look for this. From lane assist to driver attention alert, this car gives the driver complete control.

I absolutely hate driving in the Durban CBD during traffic especially with taxis making their own rules. However, the Mazda3 made it easy to maneuver with lane assist and will also notify you when a car is too close – when I say car, I mean taxi. It is one of the easiest cars to park especially when you are in a rush.

Why I didn’t mind getting stuck in traffic – the Bose sound system. If you are a music lover like me, then you will appreciate the entertainment, voice-controlled system in this car. When the music is cranked up, it feels like a party for one in your car. One would think, you would be overwhelmed with all this technology, but this is not the case – all controls are either on the steering or within reach which means there are almost no distractions.

Passengers and the driver experience comfort on another level in the car – it would not have surprised me if the seats doubled–up as recliners. The back seat is quite spacious and can comfortably fit two adults and a child, while there is ample boot space for luggage if you are going away for a weekend.

For me, the Astina Plus ticked all the boxes when it comes to economy. It could go up to 8L/100km when travelling around the city, but long distance travelling is where this car shines. The average on a drive from Durban to the North Coast was 7L/100km. At the end of the week, the average was 7.5L/ 100km.

If safety features and comfort is a priority for you, then the Mazda 3 is for you. Its good-looks and sound system is just an added bonus.

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