The Mazda 3 has been named as the 'Supreme Winner' of the 2019 Women's World Car of the Year awards.
Established in 2010, the voting panel consists of a panel of female judges from over 30 different countries, who are asked to vote according to criteria women use when buying a car.
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South African motoring journalist Charleen Clarke, is one of the 30 international judges for the Women's World Car of the Year.
Clarke says on the Mazda 3: "The judges are located all over the world but they were unanimous in their praise for this stylish and comfortable vehicle. There were several aspects of the car that we really liked, including but not limited to the accessibility of controls, space for passengers and luggage and the elegant design inside and out.
"We were extremely impressed with the interior, which is a real quality act.
"Equipment levels are good, as are levels of tech. The powertrains are good as are the safety features.
"In summary, we believe that this is well balanced and outstanding family car that is also a joy to drive. It is also very good value for money; you get a lot of car for the price."
Wheels24's Janine Van der Post says: "The Mazda3 is such a refreshing car in the local market. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but it also comes loaded with amazing technology making the driving experience so much more enjoyable.
"It's very comfortable to drive, and particularly great on the long road. I'm glad it's made the list as a semi-finalist for the 2020 SA Car of the Year."
What Mazda has done with the '3' is refinement on a higher level, not only on the inside and a technological level but as the whole package. Its driving attributes has been enhanced to make accelerating, turning and braking feel completely natural.
Power comes from innovative Skyactiv-G engines working in tandem with sleek manual and automatic transmissions.
The automaker says the 3 is based on its philosophy of designing the car around the human being: "Mazda has dramatically enhanced the model's fundamental driving attributes to make accelerating, turning and braking feel completely natural."
Mazda SA says: "The Skyactiv-G engines in 1.5L manual and automatic transmissions as well as the 2.0-litre automatic line-up provide responsive speed control in any driving situation for the Southern Africa market.
"The 7th generation Mazda3 range is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year or unlimited kilometre service plan. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year factory warranty, a 3-year roadside assistance and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included."