2010 mazda 3 neo review




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  • Uncle Algis likes to drive fast, really fast! I'll never forget one white knuckled, harrowing drive around the Dandenongs in the back of his old.

    Refinement and interior room are the standouts for the new Mazda3. Value too gets a big tick – the Mazda3 Neo sedan we've just tested.

    Fact! Initially, Mazda was called Toyo Kogyo. Rebranding was held not so long ago, in 1984. The name is taken in honor of Zoroastrian wisdom god Ahura Mazda.

    A conventional front-wheel drive (FWD) small car, the Mazda3 came in sedan and five-door hatch For a Maxx with more there was the Maxx Sport, which came with the same litre engine Mazda3 MZR-CD sedan.

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    In the last couple of years the main problem has been the transmission computer. We've suggested fitting sound deadening on the floor inside the cabin, a rather extreme thing to do, and few owners are prepared to try it. The range then stepped up a gear with the MPS hot hatch, which had the punch of a turbocharged 2. For this model, 5 star. Almost every owner we consulted complained about it and virtually nothing can be done about it.

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

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    Ever get those sudden stabs of anxiety, the ones where a sense of profound unease grabs you but for no readily identifiable reason? Got one one last week. The trick is to breath and calmly isolate the angst's source. Having ascertained that this was Wednesday not Thursday and my iPhone was not on the kitchen bench but in my pocket, I worked it out: This is an almost post-apocalyptic scenario.

    But then, as surely as the sun rises in the east, there one came. Mazda's small medium hatch or sedan is first choice for Australia's private buyers. Take away the fleet sales fat from Corolla and, most particularly, Commodore, and the 3 is the national number one. With a bit over 39, sales last year, it comprised almost half Mazda's record result. Time to revisit the people's choice.

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    Yet we've always been prepared to pay a bit extra for Mazdas in this class, even when the then and Ford Laser were almost identical. Part of the Mazda3's success is that it brings to the table all it does with barely a cost impost. No changes over the model lineup, which is to say our Neo hatch uses the same drivetrain as all Mazda3s under the beefed-up SP The only obvious clue to its entry level status is inch steel wheels.

    There's a palpable sense of quality fit, finish and design that bellies the econo-car pricetag and edges its immediate Asian rivals. The Golf might have descended to this price level, but the Mazda uses basic unleaded and won't turn make you turn to drink when presented with the bill for servicing and parts. Less convincing is the three year warranty. Kia's Cerato, Hyundai i30 and Mitsubishi's Lancer get five. Surely the onus is on the others to match it. Not loads of tech under the bonnet, where the naturally aspirated, port injected 2.

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    Multi link rear suspension might sound like tedious carhead talk, but much of the 3's driveability and ride stems from a set up that's superior to the basic torsion beam used in certain of its rivals, such as Honda's Civic.

    So creased and folded that it suggests an overfolded piece of origami, the 3's overdone to my eyes, though tens of thousands of you evidently see it differently. An example of Mazda's now abandoned Nagare design language, this edition of the 3 might well look a bit of a visual orphan in a few years. These busy accents work better on the bigger Mazda6, though as with the senior model, the 3 hatch has a more coherent appearance than the sedan, from which the boot juts like an unsightly growth.

    Within it's much more successful, a cockpit feel that nevertheless isn't constricting. Instruments, lit luridly in orange, and the plethora of buttons are laid out clearly and classily with trip and audio controls all on the steering wheel. Entry level but no stripper, the black cloth front seats are decently supportive and adjustable, with reach and rack steering adjustment. As recently as the first generation 3, safety was optional.

    2010 mazda 3 neo review

    No longer, with gen two copping active head restraints up front, six SRS airbags, collapsible steering column and intrusion minimized pedals. Anti-lock brakes are bolstered by brake force distribution and emergency assist. Mazda's electronic stability programs are notable for their finely judged interventions. On the darty side of the dynamic equation, the 3 remains among the most readily enjoyable affordable cars.

    The direct steering of the Maxx Sport and SP lines is blunted in the Neo by its chunky 15s, which don't need too much provocation to squeal. Its a question of being completely adequate for likely purpose. If the ride's comparative terseness is acceptable this is a Mazda, not a Toyota , the level to which road noise intrudes remains unacceptable. Tyre roar is comparable to the current Ford Focus, but it's poor next to the coming model due later this year and the Golf. It's all the more noticeable in an otherwise fine package.

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