"Mazda 3" hatchback: owner reviews

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"Mazda 3" hatchback: owner reviews
"Mazda 3" hatchback: owner reviews

This type of car, like the Mazda 3 hatchback, does not cease to be in demand among modern drivers. Among the many similar machines, it has a unique design, excellent build quality and good driving performance, which is suitable for moving on different terrain. Having appeared back in 2004, the Mazda 3 hatchback, according to Russian motorists, is still successful.

Model description

"Mazda 3" (hatchback) was created in Japan, where it is called Axela. This series of cars was developed to replace the Familia model, which in the export version is called Protege or Mazda 323. A recognizable design was developed for the new line, which distinguishes a foreign car from cars of the same type. It was planned to make a modern dynamic car belonging to the golf class. In this regard, the Mazda 3 (hatchback), according to the developers, fully met expectations. In addition to simple versions, they created a sports model - MXSportif.


When designing the body, the principles of MAIDAS were used. This system assumes that energy is redistributed and absorbed during a collision. The body was based on a frame called Triple-H. Even in a collision with an obstacle, 6 airbags are activated. A smart system determines the impact force, depending on this indicator, the pillows open more or less.


Mid-sized hatchback has a mass of 1190 to 1320 kg (parameters depend on configuration). The dimensions of the dimensions are 446017901460. The clearance and trunk volume also depend on the version - from 310 to 410 cubic liters. Ground clearance is 160 mm. In the sports version, it is 15 mm smaller. The car has a spacious wheelbase - about 2.7 meters, thanks to which it has a spacious interior.

The exterior is built to meet all the requirements for a golf-class car. Mazda 3 has classic rounded body lines. Particular attention is paid to the headlights and the large grille. Such painstaking work on the appearance was not in vain - in 2014, the hatchback was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award, which is awarded for attractive design.


Five-door hatchbacks were equipped with DOHC engines with a vertical arrangement of cylinders and a displacement of 1, 6. Its power is 105 liters. With. The top versions were equipped with power units called Skyactiv-G. These devices have a capacity of 120 horsepower and a volume of 1.5 cubic meters.centimeters.

Mazda 3 engine
Mazda 3 engine

Both installations are combined with a front-wheel drive automatic transmission. "Mazda 3" - a hatchback with a gun. According to reviews, it shows excellent driving performance. When checking this parameter, a standard test was used, accelerating the hatchback to hundreds of kilometers. During the tests, the car showed good performance, accelerating to this speed in just 11-12 seconds. In addition, the Mazda 3 engine is distinguished by economical fuel consumption - an average of no more than 5.7-6.9 liters per 100 km.


For the first time, motorists saw the Mazda 3 in the first generation in the spring of 2003. Then 2 body styles were released - a sedan and a hatchback. However, already in 2006, the model was updated. The results of the work of the company's engineers were:

  • dashboard conversion;
  • new upholstery;
  • improving sound insulation;
  • change bumpers and radiator.

After the changes carried out during this period, such modern modules as DSC and ABS were included in the standard systems of the Mazda 3 2.0 hatchback. According to reviews, this contributed to its popularization among motorists. Now even the basic versions are equipped with them. A 2.0-liter variant has appeared in the powertrain lineup with an automatic 4-speed transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.

front seats
front seats

In 2009, the presentation of the second generation hatchback "Mazda 3" took place. According to reviews of auto critics, the changes affected mostly the appearance. In spite ofincrease in dimensions to 2650 mm, the machine has become lighter. The developers have achieved this effect by introducing new alloys in the manufacture of the frame. The interior has also become different - a settings memory module is installed on the driver's seat, seat heating. Among other innovations appeared:

  • program for navigation;
  • Bose stereo;
  • rain sensor;
  • climate control.

After restyling in 2011, the second Mazda 3 received new rear and front bumpers, round foglights. In the third generation, presented at the end of June 2013, the traditional C1 platform was replaced with a design from Ford. In addition, the range of engines has expanded significantly. Now you can buy cars with power plants from 1.5 to 2.5 liters. Diesel engines have been added to gasoline engines, having a capacity of 150 horsepower.

Running characteristics

The car has excellent performance parameters. Driving characteristics, allowing to develop speed on the track, depend on the type of engine. Among the modern options that were released after restyling in 2018, the most popular engine is a gasoline engine with a displacement of 1.5.

dynamic qualities
dynamic qualities

With a mixed cycle, only 5.9 liters are enough for every hundred. Therefore, motorists who prefer low consumption should choose the Mazda 3 hatchback.

Owner Reviews

According to car owners who use the Mazda 3 in everyday life, first of all, the car has a recognizableappearance, comfortable interior and modern navigation panel.

steering wheel and dashboard
steering wheel and dashboard

However, even such a modern car has a number of drawbacks. Owners note the following disadvantages of the Mazda 3:

  • high maintenance cost;
  • expensive parts;
  • poor thresholding.

Masters engaged in car repair, advise even before buying to pay attention to the condition of the bottom and wheel arches. Most often, this drawback is found in foreign cars of the first and second generation. In the latest version, the designers took into account previous shortcomings and tried to make the case more durable and resistant to damage. Reviews of the Mazda 3 (hatchback) left after 2013 fully confirm this.