2014 Mazda3: Price, Models And Features For Australian Hatch And Sedan

Trevor Collett | Jan 28, 2014

2014 MAZDA3 AUSTRALIA

The all-new Mazda3, arguably one of the most important new cars for 2014, has finally arrived in Australia.

Mazda's small 3 lost the number one sales spot to Toyota's Corolla in 2013. But, with the new Mazda3 hatch and sedan here, and Toyota's new Corolla sedan on the way, the race will soon be on again.

Can this new 3 range steal back the sales crown? It's more expensive than the Corolla, but Mazda will be looking to its new European styling, improved interior quality and enhanced features to win buyers.

Mazda3 Program Manager, Kenichiro Saruwatari, said the Japanese carmaker followed a theme of “innovating the sports compact” when it set out to design the third generation of Mazda's small car.

“Since the launch of the first generation in 2003, through the second generation and up to the present, the Mazda3 has consistently exceeded both customers’ expectations and the industry standards,” Mr Saruwatari said.

“The Mazda3 has established itself as one of Mazda’s core models. It is sold in over 120 countries around the world and accounts for about 30 percent of Mazda’s annual sales volume. Total cumulative sales since the model was launched now exceed 3.9 million units.”

Six variants will be available from launch: the Neo, Maxx, Touring, SP25 and SP25 GT, while the Astina name makes a return for Mazda Australia in the range-topping SP25 Astina.

Pricing starts from a sharp $20,490 plus on-roads for the Neo 2.0 litre manual, rounding-out at $38,190 plus on-roads for the SP25 Astina automatic.

MORE: 2014 MAZDA3 REVIEW

MECHANICAL PACKAGE

Engine options in the new Mazda3 range include the 114kW/200Nm 2.0 litre SkyActiv petrol engine, and the more powerful 138kW/250Nm 2.5 litre SkyActiv petrol engine.

The upgraded 2.0 litre engine marks a 6kW/18Nm improvement over the old model, while the 2.5 litre unit improves by 16kW and 23Nm.

Both engines will be offered with six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, with fuel consumption listed as low as 5.7 l/100km for the 2.0 litre and 6.0 l/100km for the 2.5 litre.

Mazda says straight-line stability, tyre grip and ride comfort have all been greatly improved.

This is thanks to a re-tune of the springs, dampers and stabilisers and a new ‘mechatronic’ electric power steering system.

Body rigidity is 30 percent improved on the outgoing model, while the new car is also lighter than its predecessor.

Over 300 components were reviewed during the design process to ensure weight was kept to a minimum, including greater use of high-tensile steel.

The previous 16-inch wheel-size remains, available in both steel and alloy depending on the variant, while the 17-inch option has been replaced by 18-inch wheels in higher-spec models.

The new model is 40mm wider and 15mm shorter in height than the outgoing 3. And, despite the wheelbase growing by 60mm, overall length is unchanged at 4460mm for the hatch and 4580mm for the sedan.

FEATURES

Headlining the features list for the all-new Mazda3 is Mazda’s first ever 'Head-up Active Driving Display', with vehicle speed, navigation information and more displayed on a clear vertical panel above the instrument cluster hood.

A red ring surrounding the centrally-located analogue dial in the instrument cluster ‘pulsates’ as the driver opens the door, while the clear head-up display panel rises into position as the ignition is activated.

A new connectivity system offers improved phone, navigation and audio use, plus access to the Stitcher, Pandora and Aha apps.

The front seats are all-new and lighter than those of the outgoing model, offering more knee room for rear-seat passengers.

Interior colour options include off-white or black leather for premium models, with black cloth the only option for entry-level variants.

Eight exterior colour choices are available, including two new colours; Titanium Flash Mica (predominately silver) and Deep Crystal Blue Mica.

Safety features for every model include six airbags, ABS, stability control, electronic brake-force distribution with Brake Assist and an Emergency Signal System, which activates the flashing hazard lights if a driver brakes suddenly at speeds of 50km/h or higher.

A ‘Safety Pack’ is optional with all models except the SP25 Astina, ranging from $1500 in the Neo, Maxx, Touring and SP25 down to $1300 in the SP25 GT.

The pack adds a rear-view mirror with Auto-Dimming Function, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support.

The Auto-Dimming Function mirror is standard in the SP25 GT and all of these features are standard in the SP25 Astina.

A ‘Sunroof Pack’ is available for the SP25 GT only, incorporating the Safety Pack and a sunroof for $2900. The sunroof is standard in the SP25 Astina.

Audio systems range from a four-speaker unit in the Neo to a six-speaker system in the Maxx, Touring and SP25, while the SP25 GT and Astina models get a premium nine-speaker Bose unit.

Servicing: Mazda's new 3 will be covered under the company's recently announced Service Select plan, which focuses on flexibility and buyer needs. Full details will be revealed on February 1.

MORE: 2014 MAZDA3 REVIEW

PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

  • Mazda3 Neo - 2.0 litre petrol - 6M - $20,490
  • Mazda3 Neo - 2.0 litre petrol - 6A - $22,490
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  • Mazda3 Maxx - 2.0 litre petrol - 6M - $22,990
  • Mazda3 Maxx - 2.0 litre petrol - 6A - $24,990
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  • Mazda3 Touring - 2.0 litre petrol - 6M - $25,490
  • Mazda3 Touring - 2.0 litre petrol - 6A - $27,490
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  • Mazda3 SP25 - 2.5 litre petrol - 6M - $25,890
  • Mazda3 SP25 - 2.5 litre petrol - 6A - $27,890
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  • Mazda3 SP25 GT - 2.5 litre petrol - 6M - $30,590
  • Mazda3 SP25 GT - 2.5 litre petrol - 6A - $32,590
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  • Mazda3 SP25 Astina - 2.5 litre petrol - 6M - $36,190
  • Mazda3 SP25 Astina - 2.5 litre petrol - 6A - $38,190

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  • cyclone says,
    6 months ago
    12 likes
    Oddball looks. What's with the number plate within the grille. Hideous. The back of the hatch looks very dated. Almost resembles a chery
    • CP says,
      6 months ago
      6 likes
      Agree on the rear. Looks a bit bigger than the existing 3 too but it may just be the proportions. Prepare to be bombarded with the word Skyactive too. This one even has Skyactive cup holders and Skyactive floormats.
      • Lindsay says,
        6 months ago
        2 likes
        And even more incongruous use of the term in their TV ads too no doubt.
    • martin says,
      6 months ago
      2 likes
      agree about the number plate, but seen it mounted below the grille in some pics. i don't like the digital speedo looking like straight from Volvo - always been a fail.dry
  • BE says,
    6 months ago
    13 likes
    Hecklers, complaining about looks and marketing are pretty subjective.

    More power, beter economy, good handling, class leading tech and interior.

    Looks beautiful front and rear.
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    6 months ago
    1 like
    Hmmm, makes my Honda VTiL hatch I purchased 6 months look like an absolute bargain, heck, the Golf looks like value too.
    • matt says,
      6 months ago
      6 likes
      yes well the odd looking civic hatch with its glorious (sarcasm) SOHC engine and 5 speed auto should be a bargain compared to this.
      • Chest Rockjaw says,
        6 months ago
        Frankly, the extra gear and a bigger engine are not worth the extra $5k in my book. You want one? It's your money, be my guest.
        • matt says,
          6 months ago
          2 likes
          Frankly, the 3 is better then a civic in every way. Back to CA lowresfez
    • martin says,
      5 months ago
      1 like
      probably pricey because it is sourced from Japan and not Thailand. the front number plate situation must change.
      • Sam says,
        5 months ago
        Actually the civic hatch is sourced from the UK. The sedan is not as good as the previous gen. The current hatch is definitely a gem though.
  • MalR says,
    6 months ago
    6 likes
    Some of the most insightful comments I have ever seen on an automotive website.
  • mel says,
    6 months ago
    1 like
    Upper end models are expensive
    • Lindsay says,
      6 months ago
      16 likes
      This just in: More expensive models are more expensive than less expensive models. More as it comes to hand.
  • TomW says,
    6 months ago
    1 like
    I saw some in the metal on the weekend during a casual browse at a Mazda dealership. I thought at first some Mazda 6 hatchbacks had been released... The bonnet looked very long in proportion to the car, and the back is not particularly memorable. I think the looks will date, and quickly - it's as if Mazda, Hyundai and Toyota have all exchanged details about their small car styling. Still, people will still buy these, and in big numbers. And at least the idiot grin from the previous generation is gone.
  • anthony says,
    6 months ago
    2 likes
    I think Mazda will have a massive battle with Toyota again this year,as the all new Corolla sedan is a month away,and may offer more features at better prices ???
    • CP says,
      6 months ago
      4 likes
      Looks aside there is one big plus this car will have over the direct competition. Looks like it gets stop-start which explains the impressive consumption figures.
      • Kermit says,
        6 months ago
        Most manufacturers claim 0.1 reduction in fuel consumption from start/stop. It's there for emissions rather than major fuel savings.
  • martin says,
    6 months ago
    1 like
    "The new model is 40mm wider and 15mm shorter than the outgoing 3, but despite the wheelbase growing by 60mm, overall length is unchanged." how is it 15mm shorter if the overall length is unchanged?laugh
  • Ross says,
    6 months ago
    1 like
    There is no mention of servicing and delivery costs. The servicing costs of Mazda 3s are among the highest in Australia, with 10 000km service intervals and dealers' bloated labour and parts charges.
  • HonestMike says,
    5 months ago
    Styling is subjective, of course....
    * Yes, that rego plate posi is dumb. However, I happened to really dislike the front of the last 2 models (bulbous, dumpy), so the new one seems a big improvement. The slightly smaller overhangs would help here.
    * What is with that novelty speedo? Does the buyer research reveal that this dinky feature is a winner? G'tee it'll be dumped when the update comes in 2yrs.
    * If you're a child or 'petite', you'd better have a good phone to play with because. True to the recent trend, the rising window line makes all glass rear of the driver, virtually useless. Clear vision used to be a form of passive safety design - apparently no longer...!
  • El Luddite says,
    5 months ago
    Another seemingly homogenised and contrived piece of plastic for the masses . . . where's the vroom or the zoom character or whatever Mazda used to prattle on about. The only interesting thing about it is the location of the front number plate - not entirely original but it certainly stands out like pickled head at a 5 year olds party . . .
  • me says,
    5 months ago
    nuce bum, shame about the face
  • Tony of Melbourne says,
    5 months ago
    Get it right! The SkyActiv 2.0ltr engine was available in the last of the old model Mazda 3's.
  • Bruce says,
    5 months ago
    dryWhy do new cars these days come out with this *** push button start? This used to be a standard feature in my grandfathers day.
  • Jack hardley says,
    4 months ago
    1 like
    It looks like a mercendes benz a250 at the rear
  • Wayne Berger says,
    4 months ago
    Ye gods. 12 models of the same car with a $18K price difference between bottom and top. Talk about market saturation.
  • Chaps says,
    3 months ago
    1 like
    Arguably? Maybe. But Mazda have been shamelessly copying Peugeot for about 50 years. I know what a Mazda will look like everytime a new Pug comes out the next release Mazda will be the clone of that car. They even had to pay out for copyright infringements to Peugeot (808 for using Peugeot's Model naming system) and Renault for using a similar Logo. Asians always(nearly)copy Europe. Have you ever heard of a European make calling a car "Jappo"? One Asian company called a model "Euro"
    • matt says,
      3 months ago
      1 like
      too much sugar this easter? copying peugeot? i do not really see it mate, the eunos 808, well yes there ws a peugeot 808 but who cares, names overlap, mitsubishi/dodge challanger anyone? a bunch of numbers... honestly, who would bother doing a copyright claim on a bunch of numbers. if you dont like asians, dont marry one, simple, get a clapped out old scandanavian gurl.
  • Chris says,
    3 months ago
    Speak with anybody who has had a mazda 3 and they will tell you they are unrealiable noisy cars. Toyota has nothing to worry about at all.
    • tk says,
      3 months ago
      3 likes
      Unreliable? Your "Speak to anyone..." makes it clear YOU have never owned one.
      I have a 2006 Mazda3 MPS and a 2008 Mazda2. Never once has either had a breakdown, over 250,000km. I've replaced ONE shock absorber that leaked.
      I'll certainly be looking at the new 3 when I replace my MPS.
      • craig fowler says,
        2 months ago
        1 like
        I agree he has never owned one. My 2006 Maxx has now covered 135000 hard km with me at the wheel. It see's some rough dirt roads and plenty of country secondary roads.

        Tyres, servicing, wiper inserts, one shock ( which I damaged avoiding another driver on a back road)will need it's first drive belt soon and the original factory fill coolant changed as it is now 8 years old as specified in the service book.

        Can't complain about mine, will consider another when it's time to replace.
        Breakdown, well hasn't yet and that's usually caused by lack of maintenance by owners.
    • craig fowler says,
      2 months ago
      Wonder if your a Toyota employee?? The mazda range are generally pretty refined cars. Toyota need to change their design dept and go in a new direction. Designs that look like their going fast sitting still. They need to shout " drive me " instead of the white good appliance look. Bland and plain.
  • MarthaMay says,
    2 months ago
    I want a car that is specifically not European style. One that is more in tune with Australian conditions. All the new "smart" bits and pieces, I just want to know if it is safe. Better petrol consumption easy for long legged people with arthritis to get in and out of. As for dropping the height means we are still subject to the urban cowboys(male and female)who drive their farm tanks (and are allowed to), drive them in the city and urban surrounds like gang busters and dare you to object when you maintain your right to the road.
    And like to run over their children.

    I have to say I do like a bit of grunt and room especially a good boot, great for long drives but are all the flash distracting bits really needed around the burbs.

    I don't want a car to act as an appendage or a status symbol. Something that will need to garaged.
    Less stuff in the cabin would also help. Less stuff to distract you.

    I would like to see Toyota get real again. Their 1992 Camry. Maybe they will get I right again.
  • Dave says,
    2 months ago
    OMG !
    Give me the SUBARU Impreza AWD 2.0i $23,990 Drive-away.
    and with TOYOTA having a few recalls lately, and Mazda, well being a Mazda, even the Mitsubishi Lancer would be higher on my list of vehicles, but I do enjoy driving, and do not see it simply as a means of getting around.
  • andav says,
    2 months ago
    My first mazda 3 was 7 years old when it was written off after a head on collision with a 4 wheel drive.There was no damage to the interior. The 10 month old child in the car was not injured & driver only suffered small cut on arm from airbag. The engine just dropped down in the crash & the radio was still playing a few hours later. I purchased my next mazda 3 because of the safety factor & the fact that mazda 3 is very reliable.
  • Bec says,
    27 days ago
    What would you all see as a ' bargain' for a drive away Mazda 3 touring (auto)?

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