The Mazda 3 has had a facelift. But the improvements are mostly on the inside. Among other things, the Smart City Brake has been thoroughly reworked. The emergency braking system now uses a front camera instead of laser sensors. This allows Mazda's workhorse to handle higher speeds.
The car's exterior is modern but timeless. The new Exclusive equipment Line features full-LED headlights with automatic beam control that ensures good night vision. The Mazda 3 even received the Red Dot design award for its exterior. The Sports equipment Line we tested has tinted windows in the rear and sides in back.
The LED taillights also come with the Exclusive equipment Line and above.
The cargo space has a capacity of 364 liters. Folding down the rear seats increases that to 12-hundred and 63 liters. In the cockpit, the Mazda offers an automatic climate control system... as well as a heated steering wheel.
White leather upholstery with electric driver's seat adjustment costs an additional 1700 euros in the Sports equipment Line.
There have been no changes to the engine range. Our test car has a 121-kilowatt 2-liter gasoline engine. The car maker claims an average fuel consumption of 5-point-8 liters. In the Sports Line variant, the Mazda 3 lists for 26,390 euros in Germany. With the engine we tested, the front-wheel-drive car is only available with a manual gearbox.
The Mazda 3 offers a choice of three gasoline and two diesel engines. These now benefit from dynamic dampers that absorb vibration and allow the diesel engines to run quieter. The facelifted Mazda 3 has been available since late February, 2017.