Mazda3: Everything you need to know

Our Mazda 3 hatchback range guide

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Compare the different Mazda3 models

Model Engine Power Torque Body styles Rating Drive-away price More info
Mazda3 G20 Pure 2.0-litre petrol 114kW 200Nm Hatch or sedan 83% From $28,888 Key features
Mazda3 G20 Evolve 2.0-litre petrol 114kW 200Nm Hatch or sedan 83% From $30,639 Key features
Mazda3 G20 Touring 2.0-litre petrol 114kW 200Nm Hatch or sedan 83% From $33,518 Key features
Mazda3 G25 Evolve 2.5-litre petrol 139kW 252Nm Hatch or sedan 83% From $34,033 Key features
Mazda3 G25 GT 2.0-litre Petrol GDI (optional diesel available) 120kW 203Nm Hatch 83% From $36,655 Key features
Mazda3 G25 Astina 1.6-litre T-GDI 150kW 265Nm Hatch 83% From $38,921 Key features

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Did you know: Mazda3

The Mazda3 (known as the Axela in Japan – a portmanteau of "accelerate" and "excellent") is the car brand's fastest-selling model. To date, there have been four generations of Mazda3. The first shared a common architecture with the second-generation Ford Focus and the 2004-2012 Volvo V50 wagon, among others.

In Australia, the Mazda3 consistently sells well. In 2006, it was the fourth most sought after passenger car. Likewise, it also ranked fourth overall in 2018.

Mazda 3 side view

What to consider when buying a Mazda3

What should you think about before buying a Mazda3? Why would you go for the Mazda hatch over one of its rivals, like the Hyundai i30 or Volkswagen Golf?

When is the Mazda3 getting updated?

Mazda 3 hatch rear side view

The fourth-generation Mazda3 only launched in 2019. In 2020, the company will launch Skyactiv-X engines in Australia. These gasoline engines use a combustion process that is similar to the principle a diesel engine works upon. Mazda promises this first mass-produced petrol compression engine is 20-30% more efficient.

Based on previous Mazda3 life cycles, it's likely Mazda will give the car a facelift, perhaps with some extra equipment and features in 2021. There may well be a second revision around mid to late 2022 before the model is replaced by 2024.

Which Mazda3 model is best?

Mazda 3 front view

The term best is subjective and depends on your individual preferences and style of driving. Therefore, different models of the Mazda3 will appeal to different buyers.

Which Mazda3 should I buy as a family car?

Any of the Mazda3 range would suit parent buyers. Even the entry-point G20 Pure, which starts at $28,888 has a heap of equipment. Standard safety features are plentiful and impressive.

Plus, the infotainment is equally well specified. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard inclusions. Unusual for the segment, even the lowest-end model has satellite navigation. Other highlights include an 8-inch widescreen display, a 7-inch multi-information display and radar cruise control.

The only downsides could be the pokey boot, but the rear row should be perfectly fine for families with little ones.

I want something sporty

Unlike competitors such as Hyundai, VW, Honda and Ford, there's no dedicated performance hot hatch in the Mazda stable. Even so, the G25 GT and G25 Astina have a sporty exterior design and offer some advanced safety assists that rival hot hatches do without. If you're fastidious, the manual models are almost 30kg lighter over comparable automatics.

Which Mazda3 has the most equipment and is the most luxurious?

For those who appreciate the finer things in life, the G25 Astina is comprehensively stocked. Key highlights include the following:

  • LED daytime running lights instead of halogen (LED is brighter and uses less energy)
  • Sunroof
  • Mazda adaptive headlights
  • 360° around view monitor (an option on the GT)
  • Cruising and traffic support (an option on the GT)
  • Driver monitoring (optional on the GT model)
  • Front cross-traffic alert (FCTA)
  • Front and rear parking sensors instead of rear only

You also get leather seats, power adjustable and heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, a Bose premium 12-speaker system and cylinder deactivation technology.

I like diesel cars, is there a diesel Mazda3?

Mazda Australia doesn't sell a diesel-engined 3.

Where is the Mazda3 made?

Mazda assembles the hatchback at their Hōfu, Nishinoura district plant in Japan. According to a company press release, the Ujina 2 Plant in Hiroshima also handles some of the manufacturing responsibilities.

Mazda3 financing

If you're thinking of buying a Mazda3, make sure to take a few seconds to compare different loans below. You could possibly save hundreds of dollars over the loan term.


Updated November 22nd, 2019
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
From 4.79% (fixed)
5.34%
$10,000
1 to 7 years
$400
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.79% p.a. with a comparison rate of 5.34% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.
5.45% (fixed)
5.8%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$250
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 5.45% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one up to two years old.
5.49% (fixed)
5.73%
$25,000
1 to 7 years
$175
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 5.49% p.a.
Take advantage of a competitive rate, pre-approval and no early repayment fees when you finance a car under two years old.
From 5.69% (fixed)
6.39%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$499
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 5.69% p. a.
Purchase a new car with this loan and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
6.99% (fixed)
8.1%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$295
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.99% p.a.
Apply for a loan from $5,000 to finance a new or used car. Flexible repayments and options to finance a classic car.
From 6.99% (fixed)
7.7%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$499
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.99% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
From 4.89% (fixed)
5.44%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$400
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment.
From 5.69% (fixed)
6.39%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$499
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 5.69% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.
From 5.99% (fixed)
6.63%
$10,000
1 to 10 years
$200
$5
You’ll receive a fixed rate of 5.99% p.a. ( 6.63% p.a. comparison rate ).
Apply for up to $75,000 available with asset security. Only good credit applicants can apply for this loan.
From 4.69% (fixed)
5.64%
$10,000
3 to 7 years
$700 (for private seller vehicles this fee is $608)
$9
You'll receive a fixed or variable rate depending on the lender you are approved with
Apply for up to $100,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
From 5.71% (fixed)
6.57%
$1,000
1 to 7 years
$500 (from $100 to $500)
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate between 5.71% p.a. and 8.66% p.a. based on your personal credit history
A flexible loan to help you finance a car, motorbike or boat up to five years old.
6.79% (fixed)
7.16%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$265 ($175 Establishment Fee + $90 Security Administration Fee)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
5.89% (fixed)
6.44%
$3,000
Up to 7 years
$395
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 5.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $60,000 for a new or used car and get a range of membership benefits.
From 5.19% (fixed)
6.08%
$5,000
3 to 7 years
$655 (Includes PPSR registration and private sale fee, if applicable)
$0
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.19% p.a. to 5.69% p.a. based on your risk profile
A flexible car loan from $5,000 - $50,000 with personalised rates and rewards for strong credit customers.
6.45% (fixed)
6.8%
$2,000
1 to 5 years
$250
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.45% p.a.
Benefit from this competitive rate by securing the loan with a vehicle up to 6 years old. Use this flexible loan for any purpose.
8.49% (fixed)
9.67%
$10,000
1 to 7 years
$250
$12
You'll receive a fixed rate of 8.49% p.a.
Finance a new or used car and benefit from convenient features for car buyers including a car search tool and the option to borrow extra for on-road costs.
From 8.49% (fixed)
9.6%
$3,000
1 to 5 years
$195
$12
You'll receive a fixed rate from 8.49% p.a. based on the value of your car
Get a competitive rate and apply for a larger loan up to $80,000 when you attach a new or used car as security to the loan.

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