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Mazda3 Touring hatch: 8 things you need to know

By Elise Elliott, 30 Aug 2016 Car Reviews


There’s plenty to like about the new, stylish Mazda3. Here are at least eight things you should know.

1. The New Mazda3 comes in six petrol versions available in either hatch or sedan. All models can also be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

2. The mid-spec Mazda 3 Touring Hatch auto, tested here, costs $27,290.

3. Its direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine generates 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque. These numbers provide adequate, if not sparkling, performance. For an extra $400 drivers can upgrade to the 2.5-litre SP25 powertrain with much-needed additional oomph (138kW/250Nm).

4. The Touring comes with leather trim - a classy finish for a competitive price.

5. Its suspension is exceptionally smooth thanks to the smaller-than-average 16-inch wheels. Chalk up another handling win for smaller alloys and bigger tyres.

6. Claimed fuel consumption is a very low 5.8L/100km. The reality, over more than 160km of stop-start city driving, was closer to 9.3L/100km.

7. The Touring comes with an easy to use, intuitive multi-media system and a 7.0-inch touchscreen that also offers click-wheel controls.

8. While the rear seats are comfortable for either two adults or three small kids, they lack both air vents and adequate storage options.