Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese Premium

With the release of the new generation Mazda 3, the Japanese manufacturer has set its sights on the premium segment. Unlike its compatriots Nissan and Toyota, Mazda did not create a separate brand for these purposes, but preferred to develop its current brand in this direction. Someone may laugh at the fact that Mazda is going to premium, but to be honest, the automaker has all the prerequisites for this, and in the case of the Mazda 3, everything is done right. Another thing is that, at least in Russia, Mazda is not perceived in this segment, for our compatriots this brand is a high-quality Japanese in the middle price segment, and a noticeable jump in the price of a new “three-ruble note” surprised many, to put it mildly.< /p>

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The Japanese have worked hard on the new "three-ruble note". If the exterior design remained slightly Asian with branded Mazda notes, the interior has undergone major changes, both in appearance and in the quality of materials and assembly. What is only a leather-covered, of course, artificial, front panel with a smooth seam line and neat bends at the edges. If we compare the finish of the Mazda 3 with representatives of the Japanese premium, then the “treshka” has everything done more accurately and in a European way, that is, the developers clearly looked towards the cars of the German trio, and not at Lexus and Infiniti. Mazda designers paid a lot of attention to the little things, which is rare in Japanese cars.For example, the interior door handle goes into a similar chrome trim that runs along the entire length. Or front deflectors, united by a similar false panel, this solution, apparently, was spied on by Audi. Handles, buttons are also all made with love, they are discreet, but at the same time beautiful, fit well into the overall concept and, most importantly, easy to use. Yes, there is a lot of painted metal-like plastic, but the coating is of high quality everywhere, and there is no feeling of cheapness. In general, the manufacturer has chosen materials well. Yes, they are not the most expensive, but at the same time, you can’t find fault with their quality.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

Besides, Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda 3, here it was also clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in the “matryoshka” it is completely different. What is only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn. To make it clearer, I suggest watching our video:

The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8” widescreen display in the new Mazda 3 is not touch-sensitive and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on Table Home or Office Clock central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions.On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. Navigation is offered as a separate package for 36,000 rubles, which is not so expensive compared to German cars. Maps are used by HERE, but for some reason not with the latest updates, so some of the new roads are not on them. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

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For the entire cabin, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

It's nice that all Russian trim levels of Mazda 3 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic round overlay on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if such a display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case it also displays information about the operation of cruise control, if it is installed in the car. Additional information is displayed along the edges of the speedometer, these are tips on the speed limit, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /p>

There are not so many driver assistants in the only configuration of the Mazda 3 sedan on our market, the camera and front and rear parking sensors are an option and are offered in an additional package. The camera with markings gives an average picture quality, but in general it helps. The camera lens is of an open type, but it is located in such a way that it does not get dirty very quickly. In the database, the buyer receives only a traffic sign recognition system, and that's it. In general, Mazda 3 has other electronic assistants, such as cruise control, adaptive lighting system, blind spot monitoring system and all-round visibility system, but all of them are available only in the hatchback in the maximum configuration, this is not the case for the sedan.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the work of climate control, it does its job well. In two additional packages offered for the Mazda 3 sedan, the car can be equipped with a heated steering wheel and a heated brush zone, a three-level heated front seats are included in the base.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

As for comfort, the Mazda 3 is doing well, the noise isolation is at the level, although I would like even more isolation of the wheel arches, from which noise comes to a greater extent. The suspension handles imperfections in the roadway pretty well, and handles both small and large bumps well, so you won't be shaken too much on the road. The front seats are moderately soft with good lateral support. The only thing you can complain about is the short pillow. By the way, in Europe, the new Mazda 3 can be ordered with leather seat upholstery, but this is not provided for the only sedan in Russia, the upholstery is only fabric. I would not say that the fabric on the chairs is bad, but still it looks poor for the premium segment, at least combined upholstery here, and it would be more fun.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

With my height of 187 cm, I comfortably sit behind the wheel of a new "three-ruble note", there are enough both seat adjustments (mechanical adjustment, electric adjustments are available only for the top version of the hatchback), and a steering wheel that is adjustable in two planes. I can hardly sit behind myself, it is especially difficult to get in and out of the car. The child in the child seat behind me no longer fit, so I had to put him behind the front passenger. I shake hands with the developers of the new Mazda 3, who made Isofix mounts on the rear sofa of an open type, under plastic plugs, you can put a child seat in the car without any problems. Still, the love of some automakers, especially Japanese ones, is incomprehensible to me to hide Isofix in pillows, as it is very inconvenient.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /li>

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

Yes, of the strange, in my opinion, features of the new Mazda 3, I would note halogen running lights, and this is with LED headlights. In our time, when LED running lights are installed on even the most budgetary cars, three-ruble halogens look like hello from the past. Although, perhaps this is not a bug, but a feature of the manufacturer.

Now about the sad, about the price of the new Mazda 3 sedan. The only available equipment in our market costs 1,570,000 rubles. You can also add two packages to it, the first adds heated steering wheel and brush zones, the second in addition to this offers keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and a camera. The price of the first package is 18,000 rubles, the second - 66,000 rubles. Also, for 36,000 rubles, the car can be retrofitted with standard navigation. Of course, the Japanese did a good job on the "three rubles", but the price tag is already approaching the German three, and the company needs to try very hard and prove to customers that the new Mazda 3 is worth the money.

First look at the new Mazda 3. The Japanese are eager for premium

The new Mazda 3 has become the next step for the Japanese automaker, with this model the company has set its sights on conquering the premium segment. Let's see what premium is in Japanese.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese Premium

With the release of the new generation Mazda 3, the Japanese manufacturer has set its sights on the premium segment. Unlike its compatriots Nissan and Toyota, Mazda did not create a separate brand for these purposes, but preferred to develop its current brand in this direction. Someone may laugh at the fact that Mazda is going to premium, but to be honest, the automaker has all the prerequisites for this, and in the case of the Mazda 3, everything is done right. Another thing is that, at least in Russia, Mazda is not perceived in this segment, for our compatriots this brand is a high-quality Japanese in the middle price segment, and a noticeable jump in the price of a new “three-ruble note” surprised many, to put it mildly.< /p>

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The Japanese have worked hard on the new "three-ruble note". If the exterior design remained slightly Asian with branded Mazda notes, the interior has undergone major changes, both in appearance and in the quality of materials and assembly. What is only a leather-covered, of course, artificial, front panel with a smooth seam line and neat bends at the edges. If we compare the finish of the Mazda 3 with representatives of the Japanese premium, then the “treshka” has everything done more accurately and in a European way, that is, the developers clearly looked towards the cars of the German trio, and not at Lexus and Infiniti. Mazda designers paid a lot of attention to the little things, which is rare in Japanese cars. For example, the saloon door handle goes into a similar chrome trim that runs along the entire length. Or front deflectors, united by a similar false panel, such a solution, apparently, was spied on by Audi. Handles, buttons are also all made with love, they are discreet, but at the same time beautiful, fit well into the overall concept and, most importantly, easy to use. Yes, there is a lot of painted metal-like plastic, but the coating is of high quality everywhere, and there is no feeling of cheapness. In general, the manufacturer has chosen materials well. Yes, they are not the most expensive, but at the same time, you can’t find fault with their quality.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

Besides, Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda 3, here it was also clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in the “matryoshka” it is completely different. What is only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn. To make it clearer, I suggest watching our video:

The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8” widescreen display in the new Mazda 3 is not touch-sensitive and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on Table Home or Office Clock central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions.On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. Navigation is offered as a separate package for 36,000 rubles, which is not so expensive compared to German cars. Maps are used by HERE, but for some reason not with the latest updates, so some of the new roads are not on them. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

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Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

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For the entire cabin, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

It's nice that all Russian trim levels of Mazda 3 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic round overlay on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if such a display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case it also displays information about the operation of cruise control, if it is installed in the car. Additional information is displayed along the edges of the speedometer, these are tips on the speed limit, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /p>

There are not so many driver assistants in the only configuration of the Mazda 3 sedan on our market, the camera and front and rear parking sensors are an option and are offered in an additional package. The camera with markings gives an average picture quality, but in general it helps. The camera lens is of an open type, but it is located in such a way that it does not get dirty very quickly. In the database, the buyer receives only a traffic sign recognition system, and that's it. In general, Mazda 3 has other electronic assistants, such as cruise control, adaptive lighting system, blind spot monitoring system and all-round visibility system, but all of them are available only in the hatchback in the maximum configuration, this is not the case for the sedan.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the work of climate control, it does its job well. In two additional packages offered for the Mazda 3 sedan, the car can be equipped with a heated steering wheel and a heated brush zone, a three-level heated front seats are included in the base.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

As for comfort, the Mazda 3 is doing well, the noise isolation is at the level, although I would like even more isolation of the wheel arches, from which noise comes to a greater extent. The suspension handles imperfections in the roadway pretty well, and handles both small and large bumps well, so you won't be shaken too much on the road. The front seats are moderately soft with good lateral support. The only thing you can complain about is the short pillow. By the way, in Europe, the new Mazda 3 can be ordered with leather seat upholstery, but this is not provided for the only sedan in Russia, the upholstery is only fabric. I would not say that the fabric on the chairs is bad, but still it looks poor for the premium segment, at least combined upholstery here, and it would be more fun.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

With my height of 187 cm, I comfortably sit behind the wheel of a new "three-ruble note", there are enough both seat adjustments (mechanical adjustment, electrical adjustments are available only for the top version of the hatchback), and a steering wheel that is adjustable in two planes. I can hardly sit behind myself, it is especially difficult to get in and out of the car. The child in the child seat behind me no longer fit, so I had to put him behind the front passenger. I shake hands with the developers of the new Mazda 3, who made Isofix mounts on the rear sofa of an open type, under plastic plugs, you can put a child seat in the car without any problems. Still, the love of some automakers, especially Japanese ones, is incomprehensible to me to hide Isofix in pillows, as it is very inconvenient.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /li>

The luggage compartment of the Mazda 3 sedan is 444 liters, the hatchback has 295 liters. From the luggage compartment, you can quickly fold the back of the rear sofa, there are special handles for the right and left halves. There is a stowage under the trunk floor, a full-size spare wheel would eat up the usable volume.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

As I wrote above, the new Mazda 3 sedan is presented in Russia only in a single configuration, which can be supplemented with one of two packages. The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter SKYAKTIV-G engine with 120 hp. and is offered only in tandem with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine-automatic pair is configured in such a way that the car drives slowly, 12.4 seconds to 100 km / h. That's true, as far as I'm not a fan of driving, but in normal mode, even my car causes a feeling of longing. Yes, there is a sport mode, but constantly driving it is a little pleasure. A hatchback with a 2-liter engine, of course, looks cheerful against the background of a sedan, although here and there the fighting enthusiasm of that former Mazda is stifled by electronics. Apparently, introducing the new Mazda 3 to the market, the manufacturer redirected to a more mature audience, which is not as important to the dynamics of the car as comfort, handling and safety. By the way, about safety, in the only configuration of a sedan in our market, the car is equipped with side and front airbags, side curtains and a knee airbag for the driver. In terms of fuel consumption, the new Mazda 3 cannot be called a champion, but the figures are quite good: about 8.5 liters per 100 km in the city, if you get stuck in a good traffic jam, it will already be about 10 liters.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

Yes, of the strange, in my opinion, features of the new Mazda 3, I would note halogen running lights, and this is with LED headlights. In our time, when LED running lights are installed on even the most budgetary cars, three-ruble halogens look like hello from the past. Although, perhaps this is not a bug, but a feature of the manufacturer.

Now about the sad, about the price of the new Mazda 3 sedan. The only available equipment in our market costs 1,570,000 rubles. You can also add two packages to it, the first adds heated steering wheel and brush zones, the second in addition to this offers keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and a camera. The price of the first package is 18,000 rubles, the second - 66,000 rubles. Also, for 36,000 rubles, the car can be retrofitted with standard navigation. Of course, the Japanese did a good job on the "three rubles", but the price tag is already approaching the German three, and the company needs to try very hard and prove to customers that the new Mazda 3 is worth the money.

First look at the new Mazda 3. The Japanese are eager for premium

The new Mazda 3 has become the next step for the Japanese automaker, with this model the company is aiming to conquer the premium segment. Let's see what premium is in Japanese.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese Premium

With the release of the new generation Mazda 3, the Japanese manufacturer has set its sights on the premium segment. Unlike its compatriots Nissan and Toyota, Mazda did not create a separate brand for these purposes, but preferred to develop its current brand in this direction. Someone may laugh at the fact that Mazda is going to premium, but to be honest, the automaker has all the prerequisites for this, and in the case of the Mazda 3, everything is done right. Another thing is that, at least in Russia, Mazda is not perceived in this segment, for our compatriots this brand is a high-quality Japanese in the middle price segment, and a noticeable jump in the price of a new “three-ruble note” surprised many, to put it mildly.< /p>

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The Japanese have worked hard on the new "three-ruble note". If the exterior design remained slightly Asian with branded Mazda notes, the interior has undergone major changes, both in appearance and in the quality of materials and assembly. What is only a leather-covered, of course, artificial, front panel with a smooth seam line and neat bends at the edges. If we compare the finish of the Mazda 3 with representatives of the Japanese premium, then the “treshka” has everything done more accurately and in a European way, that is, the developers clearly looked towards the cars of the German trio, and not at Lexus and Infiniti. Mazda designers paid a lot of attention to the little things, which is rare in Japanese cars. For example, the interior door handle goes into a similar chrome trim that runs along the entire length. Or front deflectors, united by a similar false panel, this solution, apparently, was spied on by Audi. Handles, buttons are also all made with love, they are discreet, but at the same time beautiful, fit well into the overall concept and, most importantly, easy to use. Yes, there is a lot of painted metal-like plastic, but the coating is of high quality everywhere, and there is no feeling of cheapness. In general, the manufacturer has chosen materials well. Yes, they are not the most expensive, but at the same time, you can’t find fault with their quality.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

Besides, Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda 3, here it was also clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in the “matryoshka” it is completely different. What is only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn. To make it clearer, I suggest watching our video:

The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8” widescreen display in the new Mazda 3 is not touch-sensitive and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on Table Home or Office Clock central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions.On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. Navigation is offered as a separate package for 36,000 rubles, which is not so expensive compared to German cars. Maps are used by HERE, but for some reason not with the latest updates, so some of the new roads are not on them. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

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Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

For the entire cabin, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

It's nice that all Russian trim levels of Mazda 3 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic round overlay on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if such a display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case it also displays information about the operation of cruise control, if it is installed in the car. Additional information is displayed along the edges of the speedometer, these are tips on the speed limit, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /p>

There are not so many driver assistants in the only configuration of the Mazda 3 sedan on our market, the camera and front and rear parking sensors are an option and are offered in an additional package. The camera with markings gives an average picture quality, but in general it helps. The camera lens is of an open type, but it is located in such a way that it does not get dirty very quickly. In the database, the buyer receives only a traffic sign recognition system, and that's it. In general, Mazda 3 has other electronic assistants, such as cruise control, adaptive lighting system, blind spot monitoring system and all-round visibility system, but all of them are available only in the hatchback in the maximum configuration, this is not the case for the sedan.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the work of climate control, it does its job well. In two additional packages offered for the Mazda 3 sedan, the car can be equipped with a heated steering wheel and a heated brush zone, a three-level heated front seats are included in the base.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>

As for comfort, the Mazda 3 is doing well, the noise isolation is at the level, although I would like even more isolation of the wheel arches, from which noise comes to a greater extent. The suspension handles imperfections in the roadway pretty well, and handles both small and large bumps well, so you won't be shaken too much on the road. The front seats are moderately soft with good lateral support. The only thing you can complain about is the short pillow. By the way, in Europe, the new Mazda 3 can be ordered with leather seat upholstery, but this is not provided for the only sedan in Russia, the upholstery is only fabric. I would not say that the fabric on the chairs is bad, but still it looks poor for the premium segment, at least combined upholstery here, and it would be more fun.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

With my height of 187 cm, I comfortably sit behind the wheel of a new "three-ruble note", there are enough both seat adjustments (mechanical adjustment, electrical adjustments are available only for the top version of the hatchback), and a steering wheel that is adjustable in two planes. I can hardly sit behind myself, it is especially difficult to get in and out of the car. The child in the child seat behind me no longer fit, so I had to put him behind the front passenger. I shake hands with the developers of the new Mazda 3, who made Isofix mounts on the rear sofa of an open type, under plastic plugs, you can put a child seat in the car without any problems. Still, the love of some automakers, especially Japanese ones, is incomprehensible to me to hide Isofix in pillows, as it is very inconvenient.

  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /li>
  • Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese premium< /li>

The luggage compartment of the Mazda 3 sedan is 444 liters, the hatchback has 295 liters. From the luggage compartment, you can quickly fold the back of the rear sofa, there are special handles for the right and left halves. There is a stowage under the trunk floor, a full-size spare wheel would eat up the usable volume.

Test Mazda 3 sedan. Premium in Japanese< /p>

As I wrote above, the new Mazda 3 sedan is presented in Russia only in a single configuration, which can be supplemented with one of two packages. The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter SKYAKTIV-G engine with 120 hp. and is offered only in tandem with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine-automatic pair is configured in such a way that the car drives slowly, 12.4 seconds to 100 km / h. That's true, as far as I'm not a fan of driving, but in normal mode, even my car causes a feeling of longing. Yes, there is a sport mode, but constantly driving it is a little pleasure. A hatchback with a 2-liter engine, of course, looks cheerful against the background of a sedan, although here and there the fighting enthusiasm of that former Mazda is stifled by electronics. Apparently, introducing the new Mazda 3 to the market, the manufacturer redirected to a more mature audience, which is not as important to the dynamics of the car as comfort, handling and safety. By the way, about safety, in the only configuration of a sedan in our market, the car is equipped with side and front airbags, side curtains and a knee airbag for the driver. In terms of fuel consumption, the new Mazda 3 cannot be called a champion, but the figures are quite good: about 8.5 liters per 100 km in the city, if you get stuck in a good traffic jam, it will already be about 10 liters.

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Yes, of the strange, in my opinion, features of the new Mazda 3, I would note halogen running lights, and this is with LED headlights. In our time, when LED running lights are installed on even the most budgetary cars, three-ruble halogens look like hello from the past. Although, perhaps this is not a bug, but a feature of the manufacturer.

Now about the sad, about the price of the new Mazda 3 sedan. The only available equipment in our market costs 1,570,000 rubles. You can also add two packages to it, the first adds heated steering wheel and brush zones, the second in addition to this offers keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and a camera. The price of the first package is 18,000 rubles, the second - 66,000 rubles. Also, for 36,000 rubles, the car can be retrofitted with standard navigation. Of course, the Japanese did a good job on the "three rubles", but the price tag is already approaching the German three, and the company needs to try very hard and prove to customers that the new Mazda 3 is worth the money.

First look at the new Mazda 3. The Japanese are eager for premium

The new Mazda 3 has become the next step for the Japanese automaker, with this model the company is aiming to conquer the premium segment. Let's see what premium is in Japanese.

Mazda 3 sedan test. Japanese Premium

With the release of the new generation Mazda 3, the Japanese manufacturer has set its sights on the premium segment. Unlike its compatriots Nissan and Toyota, Mazda did not create a separate brand for these purposes, but preferred to develop its current brand in this direction. Someone may laugh at the fact that Mazda is going to premium, but to be honest, the automaker has all the prerequisites for this, and in the case of the Mazda 3, everything is done right. Another thing is that, at least in Russia, Mazda is not perceived in this segment, for our compatriots this brand is a high-quality Japanese in the middle price segment, and a noticeable jump in the price of a new “three-ruble note” surprised many, to put it mildly.< /p>

The Japanese have worked hard on the new "three-ruble note". If the exterior design remained slightly Asian with branded Mazda notes, the interior has undergone major changes, both in appearance and in the quality of materials and assembly. What is only a leather-covered, of course, artificial, front panel with a smooth seam line and neat bends at the edges. If we compare the finish of the Mazda 3 with representatives of the Japanese premium, then the “treshka” has everything done more accurately and in a European way, that is, the developers clearly looked towards the cars of the German trio, and not at Lexus and Infiniti.Mazda designers paid a lot of attention to the little things, which is rare in Japanese cars. For example, the interior door handle goes into a similar chrome trim that runs along the entire length. Or front deflectors, united by a similar false panel, this solution, apparently, was spied on by Audi. Handles, buttons are also all made with love, they are discreet, but at the same time beautiful, fit well into the overall concept and, most importantly, easy to use. Yes, there is a lot of painted metal-like plastic, but the coating is of high quality everywhere, and there is no feeling of cheapness. In general, the manufacturer has chosen materials well. Yes, they are not the most expensive, but at the same time, you can’t find fault with their quality.

Besides, Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda 3, here it was also clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in the “matryoshka” it is completely different. What is only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn. To make it clearer, I suggest watching our video:

The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8 ”widescreen display in the new Mazda 3 is not touch-sensitive and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on the Table Home or Office Clock in the central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions. On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. Navigation is offered as a separate package for 36,000 rubles, which is not so expensive compared to German cars. Maps are used by HERE, but for some reason not with the latest updates, so some of the new roads are not on them. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8 ”widescreen display in the new Mazda 3 is not touch-sensitive and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on Table Home or Office Clock Table Home or Office Clock central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions. On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. Navigation is offered as a separate package for 36,000 rubles, which is not so expensive compared to German cars. Maps are used by HERE, but for some reason not with the latest updates, so some of the new roads are not on them. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

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For the entire cabin, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well.

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the work of climate control, it does its job well. In two additional packages offered for the Mazda 3 sedan, the car can be equipped with a heated steering wheel and a heated brush zone, a three-level heated front seats are included in the base.

As for comfort, the Mazda 3 is doing well, the noise isolation is at the level, although I would like even more isolation of the wheel arches, from which noise comes to a greater extent. The suspension handles imperfections in the roadway pretty well, and handles both small and large bumps well, so you won't be shaken too much on the road. The front seats are moderately soft with good lateral support. The only thing you can complain about is the short pillow. By the way, in Europe, the new Mazda 3 can be ordered with leather seat upholstery, but this is not provided for the only sedan in Russia, the upholstery is only fabric. I would not say that the fabric on the chairs is bad, but still it looks poor for the premium segment, at least combined upholstery here, and it would be more fun.

With my height of 187 cm, I comfortably sit behind the wheel of a new "three-ruble note", there are enough both seat adjustments (mechanical adjustment, electrical adjustments are available only for the top version of the hatchback), and a steering wheel that is adjustable in two planes. I can hardly sit behind myself, it is especially difficult to get in and out of the car. The child in the child seat behind me no longer fit, so I had to put him behind the front passenger. I shake hands with the developers of the new Mazda 3, who made Isofix mounts on the rear sofa of an open type, under plastic plugs, you can put a child seat in the car without any problems. Still, the love of some automakers, especially Japanese ones, is incomprehensible to me to hide Isofix in pillows, as it is very inconvenient.

The luggage compartment of the Mazda 3 sedan is 444 liters, the hatchback has 295 liters. From the luggage compartment, you can quickly fold the back of the rear sofa, there are special handles for the right and left halves. There is a stowage under the trunk floor, a full-size spare wheel would eat up the usable volume.

As I wrote above, the new Mazda 3 sedan is presented in Russia only in a single configuration, which can be supplemented with one of two packages. The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter SKYAKTIV-G engine with 120 hp. and is offered only in tandem with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine-automatic pair is configured in such a way that the car drives slowly, 12.4 seconds to 100 km / h. That's true, as far as I'm not a fan of driving, but in normal mode, even my car causes a feeling of longing. Yes, there is a sport mode, but constantly driving it is a little pleasure. A hatchback with a 2-liter engine, of course, looks cheerful against the background of a sedan, although here and there the fighting enthusiasm of that former Mazda is stifled by electronics. Apparently, introducing the new Mazda 3 to the market, the manufacturer redirected to a more mature audience, which is not as important to the dynamics of the car as comfort, handling and safety. By the way, about safety, in the only configuration of a sedan in our market, the car is equipped with side and front airbags, side curtains and a knee airbag for the driver. In terms of fuel consumption, the new Mazda 3 cannot be called a champion, but the figures are quite good: about 8.5 liters per 100 km in the city, if you get stuck in a good traffic jam, it will already be about 10 liters.

Yes, of the strange, in my opinion, features of the new Mazda 3, I would note halogen running lights, and this is with LED headlights. In our time, when LED running lights are installed on even the most budgetary cars, three-ruble halogens look like hello from the past. Although, perhaps this is not a bug, but a feature of the manufacturer.

Now about the sad, about the price of the new Mazda 3 sedan. The only available equipment in our market costs 1,570,000 rubles. You can also add two packages to it, the first adds heated steering wheel and brush zones, the second in addition to this offers keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and a camera. The price of the first package is 18,000 rubles, the second - 66,000 rubles. Also, for 36,000 rubles, the car can be retrofitted with standard navigation. Of course, the Japanese did a good job on the "three rubles", but the price tag is already approaching the German three, and the company needs to try very hard and prove to customers that the new Mazda 3 is worth the money.

First look at the new Mazda 3. The Japanese are eager for premium