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A Driving Experience Like No Other. How To Choose The Perfect Mazda

A Driving Experience Like No Other. How To Choose The Perfect Mazda 3.

The new Mazda 3 has managed to improve on top of its popular third-gen predecessor, releasing an impressive, ultra-well-rounded small car. It is well-refined and ticks all the right boxes for performance dynamics, ride comfort, interior quality and style.

Mazda has gone all out with its styling, creating a car with an edgy design using its Kodo – Soul of Motion design philosophy that produces the effect of looking like it’s always moving, even when standing still.

The next-gen Mazda 3 offers improved economy, improved the driver experience, and delivers a more premium feel behind the wheel.

With the Mazda 3, you have a choice of six trim grades, split between two engine sizes. In addition, all trim grades are available hatchback and sedan body types.

This range gives you greater versatility in choosing something that suits your own needs. However it can appear a little confusing when confronted with so many choices.

Read on to find out more about the main differences between each variant of the Mazda 3 and hopefully you will get a clearer idea of which one would best suit you.

At the entry level is the G20 Pure, followed by the G20 Evolve, G20 Touring, G25 Evolve, G25 GT, and finally the top-specified G25 Astina. 

Hatchback or Sedan?

The first thing to do is decide whether you want a hatchback or sedan. As both body types are priced the same, it all comes down to which style you prefer and if the extra boot space of the sedan is important to you.

In designing the Mazda 3 hatchback the goal was to create a sporty and more exciting car. A low roofline and wide stance delivers a strong presence and robust character.

In designing the Mazda 3 sedan the goal was to create a sleeker and more elegant car, with fluidity in the design creating an understated sophistication.

Exclusive to and standard on all hatchbacks is a rear spoiler, rear window wiper and an added colour choice in the newly developed Polymetal Grey Metallic (that changes depending on the light, accentuating beautiful lines of bodywork).

Motor Variants

There are two engine sizes available and it’s also worth noting they are used as part of the naming convention for Mazda 3 trim grades. G20 variants are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, while G25 variants run on a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol ending.

Both engines are available in either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto transmission.

G20 Pure – with all the core features you need

The Mazda 3 G20 Pure is the entry level trim grade, but in this case entry level is by no means no-frills. This is still a great vehicle that’s beautiful as it is functional. Quality is abundant from top to bottom, with beautifully crafted detailing throughout the whole cabin.

Notable standard features include Mazda’s Active Driver Display on a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, and the all-new Mazda Connect system displayed in stunning clarity on an 8.8-inch widescreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satellite navigation also comes as standard.

The newly developed G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) offers unprecedented levels of confidence-inspiring controllability.

In the realm of safety, Mazda has introduced a newly developed knee airbag for the driver’s seat and some of the latest in driver assist technology, such as Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW)), and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC).

Other standard features (that get upgraded at higher trim levels) include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels (silver finish)
  • Keyless push-button engine start
  • 8 speakers
  • Seats with black cloth trim
  • Exterior mirrors with power adjustment and auto folding function
  • Air-conditioning

Want more options in control and convenience? Pick the G20 Evolve

The Mazda G20 Evolve includes the following features in a addition to the G20 Pure:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels (metallic grey finish)
  • Air-conditioning (dual-zone climate control) with rear vents
  • Auto dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Leather-wrapped: gear shift knob and steering wheel
  • Paddle shift gear control (auto only)
  • Seats (rear) with centre fold down armrest

Like fuss-free driving in comfort and luxury? Try the G20 Touring

The G20 Touring has all the features of the G20 Evolve, plus the following:

  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Exterior mirror with auto dimming function (driver side)
  • Exterior mirrors with reverse tilt down function
  • Exterior mirrors with position memory
  • Overhead sunglass storage box
  • Seat trim: Black leather
  • Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment, including lumbar adjustment and 2-position memory
  • Vanity mirrors (front) with illumination

Want that extra bit of grunt? Choose the G25 Evolve

Also one grade above the G20 Evolve, the G25 Evolve comes with the bigger 2.5L engine and more power, while forgoing some convenience features upgrades found in the GT Touring.

The GT25 Evolve has all the features of the G20 Evolve plus the following:

  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Exterior mirror with auto dimming function (driver side)
  • Exterior mirrors with reverse tilt down function
  • Exterior mirrors with position memory
  • Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment, including lumbar adjustment and 2-position memory

Craving both luxury and power? Then the G25 GT is for you.

The G25 GT has all the features of the G25 Evolve plus the following:

  • Exterior mirrors with heating function
  • Front seats with heating function
  • Premium Bose amplifier and 12 speakers
  • Seat trim: Black leather
  • Steering wheel with heating function

How about the ultimate premium drive? The G25 Astina is the only way to go.

The G25 Astina is Mazda 3’s top specified trim that combines all the best parts of luxury, power and safety. It has all the features of the G25 GT plus the following:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels (bright finish)
  • 360° View Monitor
  • Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH)
  • Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS)
  • Driver Monitor
  • Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA)
  • Parking sensors (front)
  • Glass sunroof with power tilt and slide
  • Seat trim: Black leather or optional Pure white leather