Features & Specs

Mazda 3 1.6 Dynamic (5-dr) A

Medium hatchback under R260k

After the Mazda and Ford partnership came to an end a few years ago, Mazda has certainly brought the brand back stronger than ever. Some key decisions since then, in not selling vehicles to any rental fleets, as well as not discounting new vehicles have ensured that Mazda used car values have stayed strong. In fact, a few years down the line and the Mazda brand is now one of the strongest brands around regarding value depreciation.

This Japanese brand has gone bold with the Mazda 3. Its styling proved fresh and modern, although not to everyone's taste. While quality levels proved exceptional, most Mazda 3 models also comes comprehensively equipped with luxury features.

The 2015-model is equipped with a 1600cc 16-valve unit that produces 77 Kilowatts of power and only 144Nm of torque.

The engine seems smooth and pretty quiet and its combined fuel economy is quoted at 6.2-litres per 100km. Furthermore, the automatic gearbox shifts smoothly for a vehicle in this price range. A quick look under the bonnet reveals that the engine is neatly packaged and there are no noticeable defects. The Mazda has a nice and agile feel to it, with the chassis responding well to steering inputs. Mazda engineers have most certainly done a fantastic job in finding that tricky balance of comfort and joy.

Value For Money

  • R225 200

Fuel Economy

  • 6.2 Litres/100km

Performance

  • 0-100km/h in 13.6 seconds
  • Power and Torque at 77kW/144Nm

The Look

  • Fresh and modern