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2022 Mazda 3

2022 Mazda 3
Mazda
8.0
Price$26,340 - $42,490
Fuel Efficiency5.5 - 6.6 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years
Price$26,340 - $42,490
Fuel Efficiency5.5 - 6.6 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years

About the Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is the Japanese automaker's third top-selling vehicle, and is the fourth top-selling small car in Australia.

It's available in hatchback and sedan body styles with a range of different four-cylinder petrol engines, including two 24V mild-hybrid offerings.

Summary

Our expert's shortest summary
Hit

Loads of style

Upmarket ambience

Packed full of gear

Miss

Pricey to buy and service

Lacks turbocharging

Could benefit from tamer ride quality

Video Review

Mazda 3 Video Review

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Intro
Exterior
Interior
Infotainment
Features
Practicality
SkyActiv-X Technology Explained
On the Road
Verdict

Mazda 3 hybrid review

Does Mazda's SkyActiv-X hybrid technology work? Paul finds out!
Date
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Mazda has a new hybrid car! The 2020 Mazda 3 X20 Astina SkyActiv-X hybrid (what a mouth full!) is the brand's all-new hybrid hatch. It also uses what Mazda claims is revolutionary engine technology that mixes the benefits of compression ignition from a diesel car, with spark ignition from an internal combustion car, along with 24V mild hybrid. Does it work? Paul Maric gives you an honest review of the technology that Mazda claims will extend the internal combustion engine.

Mazda 3 Price

What is the price of a Mazda 3?
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Pure manual hatch/sedan: $26,340
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Pure auto hatch/sedan: $27,340
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Evolve manual hatch/sedan: $27,890
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Evolve auto hatch/sedan: $28,890
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Touring manual hatch/sedan: $30,390
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 Evolve SP manual hatch/sedan: $31,290
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20 Touring auto hatch/sedan: $31,390
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 Evolve SP auto hatch/sedan: $32,290
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G20e Evolve M Hybrid auto hatch/sedan: $32,540
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 GT manual hatch/sedan: $34,990
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 GT auto hatch/sedan: $35,990
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 Astina manual hatch/sedan: $38,490
  • 2022 Mazda 3 G25 Astina auto hatch/sedan: $39,490
  • 2022 Mazda 3 X20 Astina auto hatch/sedan: $42,490

All prices exclude on-road costs.

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Range Guide

Which variant of the Mazda 3 range is best for you?

The G20 Pure comes with the following standard features:

  • 8.8-inch infotainment screen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and satellite navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Head-up display
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED head- and tail-lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high beam
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Electric parking brake
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Push-button start
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Electric windows
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring

Moving up to the G20 Evolve brings:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear air-conditioning vents
  • Paddle shifters (auto)
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Rear seat armrest

The G20e Evolve receives the Vision Technology package as standard, plus:

  • M Hybrid 24V mild hybrid system
  • Keyless entry and start
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with memory
  • Auto-dimming driver’s mirror
  • Exterior mirrors with memory and reverse tilt-down function

The G20 Touring moves the Vision Technology package back to the option list but receives black leather seats.

The G25 Evolve SP is based on the G20 Evolve, but also includes:

  • 2.5-litre engine
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with memory
  • Keyless entry
  • Exterior mirrors with memory and reverse tilt-down function
  • Black 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Black exterior mirrors and grille
  • Black cloth seats with red accents

The G25 GT gains:

  • Black leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated exterior mirrors

The G25 Astina and X20 Astina include:

  • Surround-view camera
  • 12-speaker Bose sound system
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front cross-traffic alert
  • Sunroof
  • Front parking sensors
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss-black finish (hatch only)
  • Cruising and Traffic Support

Variants

What are the variants of the Mazda 3?
G20 PURE
FROM
$26,340
G20 EVOLVE
FROM
$27,890
G20 PURE VISION
FROM
$28,840
G20 EVOLVE VISION
FROM
$30,290
G20 TOURING
FROM
$30,390
G25 EVOLVE SP
FROM
$31,290
G20E EVOLVE MHEV VISION
FROM
$32,640
G20 TOURING VISION
FROM
$32,890
G25 EVOLVE SP VISION
FROM
$33,790
G25 GT
FROM
$34,990
G25 GT VISION
FROM
$37,490
G25 ASTINA
FROM
$38,490
X20 ASTINA M HYBRID
FROM
$42,490
5D HATCHBACK
6-speed Manual
4D SEDAN
6-speed Manual
4D SEDAN
6-speed Automatic
5D HATCHBACK
6-speed Automatic
Variant Name
G20 PURE
Price From
$26,340
Series
300P
Style
5D HATCHBACK
Transmission
6-speed Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol - E10 Compatible
Fuel Economy
6.2L / 100km
Seating Capacity
5
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
four-cylinder
FULL SPECS

Interior

Photos and Images of the Mazda 3 Interior

The modern, minimalist design remains super fresh and hugely appealing, but it’s not merely form over functionality.

Mazda designers have gone to great pains to produce a cabin that not only looks incredibly smart but is ergonomically high-brow. Everything on the slick and lovingly trimmed wheel, which almost appears oversized for the cabin’s packaging and proportions, falls neatly to hand wherever you decide to reach or touch.

The front seats are excellent and the driving position suitably sporty, the instrumentation is clear and quick-glance legible. Nor does the TFT-analogue blend of the instrument cluster in any way seem low-rent compared with the fully-digital trickery creeping into mainstream small cars.

Trying to navigate Apple CarPlay with a rotary-type console controller is rubbish. Especially, say, negotiating Spotify play lists one moment and attempting to zoom on a sat-nav map the next. It’s so clunky, so distracting and at times so frustrating it becomes inherently far less sage to use than what is perhaps intended. It needs a touchscreen, with no lockout.

More pleasing is that the high level of presentation and richness extends through to the second row – seemingly small stuff such as the full-trimmed front seat backs makes all the positive difference. Too many mainstream vehicles skimp on the rear accommodation and it’s good to those in back aren’t treated like second-rate occupants.

It is, though, quite claustrophobic in row two, which is hardly the last word in leg room and the ambience hobbled somewhat by the high-sweeping window line that doesn’t do outward visibility, particularly for younger kids, many favours. Air vents are a good inclusion but the lack of device power is a bit of an oversight.

There’s 60:40 rear seat split-folding for decent load through but as a five seater – or realistically a four-adult prospect – the 295-litre boot space is a bit skimpy. It is, however, fully carpeted and offers useable square floor space and a high rear lip, while under the floor sits a space saver spare.

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Exterior

Photos and Images of the Mazda 3 Exterior

Mazda has given its current-generation 3 sedan and hatch the Kodo design theme which is synonymous among many of its other models.

The Japanese automaker says the design improvements on the Mazda 3 improve economy, improve the driver experience, and deliver a more premium feel behind the wheel – think more German than Japanese.

In hatchback form, there's a flowing silhouette without a shoulder line.

Entry-level models receive 16-inch alloy wheels and other trim levels receive 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Mazda 3 Colours

What colours are available for the Mazda 3?

The Mazda 3 is available in the following finishes:

  • Platinum Quartz Metallic
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica

The following finishes cost an additional $495:

  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Machine Grey Metallic

Cost of Ownership

What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Mazda 3?

In addition to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, Mazda offers five years of capped-price servicing. Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km.

How it Drives

Our expert take on Mazda 3 drivability?

One topic much talked about of late has been turbocharging: specifically, the lack of it in Aussie-spec Mazda 3s.

It’s becoming a spectre that looms about the subject of the Mazda’s small-car experience on road, even if what it’s actually got is, for the most part, fairly decent.

The 2.5L four-pot has a typical naturally-aspirated character that’s quick in response if lacking a decent low-range shove as backup. It doesn’t lack for energy, per se, but it does make smooth driving off the mark more concerted than it ought to be.

As noted in past reviews, the inclusion of the conventional six-speed auto is nigh on a godsend, if mostly because the engine can make a bit of a racket under full load and you wouldn’t want the CVT to pin 4000rpm hard and long in your ears.

As a powertrain it’s smooth and refined, save for a strange and fairly faint buzzing vibration at a standstill with the transmission in drive, which is borderline annoying.

There’s a Sport mode to sharpen its senses and tighten the muscles, but given it makes throttle response perkier without injecting much in the way of extra tractive effort does leave it feeling a fit flustered and less useful than you might expect.

The steering is nice and clear, the oversized wheel adds a sheen of input accuracy and delicacy, though the weight is a touch hefty and the rack ratio a little slow. It’s no deal-breaker, mind, if a noteworthy observation.

Fidgety ride quality is a bit of a Mazda trait demonstrated widely throughout its stable, undoubtedly to inject a sporty feel to the drive.

The new ‘3’ has made strides in improving noise, vibration and harshness minimisation over its forebear and still stacks up quite well. The efforts injected into the hatch do bring about a sense of premium-ness in the driving experience.

There’s a real quality vibe to how it goes about traversing A to B patently lacking in some of its competition.

Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

The Mazda 3 has an ANCAP safety rating of five stars, with scores of 98 per cent in adult occupant protection, 89 per cent in child occupant protection, 81 per cent in vulnerable road user protection, and 76 per cent in safety assist.

All 2022 Mazda 3 models come standard with the following safety features:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (forward and reverse)
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Front, front-side and curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • G25 GT and higher models also come with driver attention monitoring, front cross-traffic alert, and front parking sensors.

The available $1500 Vision Technology package, available on automatic G20 and G25 models, adds:

  • Surround-view camera
  • Cruising and Traffic Support
  • Front parking sensors
  • Driver attention monitoring

This equipment is standard on Astina models.

5
overall
98%
passenger
89%
infant
81%
pedestrian
76%
detection

Mazda 3 Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Mazda 3?

The current, fourth-generation Mazda 3 has been on sale since 2019 and hasn't yet received a mid-life update.

For the 2022 model year, Mazda upped the prices between $200 and $350 depending on the variant and reworked the range to introduce a new G25 Evolve SP and mild-hybrid G20e Evolve variants.

Mazda 3 Options

Options list for the Mazda 3

The available $1500 Vision Technology package, available on automatic G20 and G25 models, adds:

  • Surround-view camera
  • Cruising and Traffic Support
  • Front parking sensors
  • Driver attention monitoring

This equipment is standard on Astina models.

Mazda 3 Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Mazda 3?

MAZDA suggests that owners service their 2022 MAZDA MAZDA3 every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

The 2022 MAZDA MAZDA3 has a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.

Mazda 3 Stock Availability

Is the Mazda 3 available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

Mazda has previously said that stock of its 3 small hatch and sedan is a bit tight, with dealers not able to stock all grades and variants as yet.

Mazda 3 Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Mazda 3?

The Mazda 3 has a claimed boot capacity of 444 litres for the sedan, and 295 litres for the hatch.

Mazda 3 Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Mazda 3 use and what are its emissions?

Fuel economy for the 2022 Mazda 3 model range varies. The combined fuel economy for each variant is as follows:

  • 5.5L/100km for X20 sedan and hatch
  • 5.9L/100km for the G20e sedan
  • 6.0L/100km for the G20e hatch
  • 6.1L/100km for G20 auto sedans
  • 6.2L/100km for G25 manual sedans and G20 auto hatches
  • 6.3L/100km for G20 manual sedans and G25 manual hatches
  • 6.4L/100km for G20 manual hatches
  • 6.5L/100km for G25 auto sedans
  • 6.6L/100km for G25 auto hatches

All models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel except for the X20 models, which require 95RON premium unleaded.

All models have a 51L fuel tank.

Depending on the variant, view the 2022 MAZDA MAZDA3 fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
G20 PURE300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 PURE300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G20 PURE300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 PURE300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 EVOLVE300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 EVOLVE300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G20 PURE VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 PURE VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 EVOLVE300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 EVOLVE300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 EVOLVE VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 TOURING300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G20 EVOLVE VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 TOURING300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G20 TOURING300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 TOURING300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.6Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.5Yes
G20E EVOLVE MHEV VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20E EVOLVE MHEV VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G20 TOURING VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G20 TOURING VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.1Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.6Yes
G25 EVOLVE SP VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.5Yes
G25 GT300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G25 GT300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G25 GT300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.5Yes
G25 GT300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.6Yes
G25 GT VISION300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.6Yes
G25 GT VISION300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.5Yes
G25 ASTINA300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.3Yes
G25 ASTINA300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.2Yes
G25 ASTINA300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL--6.5Yes
G25 ASTINA300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL--6.6Yes
X20 ASTINA M HYBRID300P4D SEDANUNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC--5.5Yes
X20 ASTINA M HYBRID300P5D HATCHBACKUNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC--5.5Yes

Mazda 3 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda 3

The 2022 Mazda 3 sedan measures 4660mm long, 1440mm tall and 1795mm wide, with a 2725mm wheelbase.

The hatch is 4460mm long and 1435mm tall, but shares all other dimensions with the sedan.

The Mazda 3’s kerb weight ranges between 1316kg for the G20 Pure manual sedan and 1440kg for the X20 Astina automatic hatch.

Depending on the variant, the 2022 MAZDA MAZDA3 measures as below.

VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
G20 PURE300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G20 PURE300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 PURE300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 PURE300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20 EVOLVE300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G20 EVOLVE300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 PURE VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20 PURE VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 EVOLVE300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20 EVOLVE300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 EVOLVE VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 TOURING300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 EVOLVE VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20 TOURING300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G25 EVOLVE SP300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 EVOLVE SP300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G20 TOURING300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 TOURING300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G25 EVOLVE SP300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G25 EVOLVE SP300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20E EVOLVE MHEV VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20E EVOLVE MHEV VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G20 TOURING VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G20 TOURING VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 EVOLVE SP VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G25 EVOLVE SP VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 GT300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 GT300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G25 GT300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 GT300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G25 GT VISION300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
G25 GT VISION300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 ASTINA300P5D HATCHBACK1435179514402725
G25 ASTINA300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 ASTINA300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
G25 ASTINA300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725
X20 ASTINA M HYBRID300P4D SEDAN4660179514402725
X20 ASTINA M HYBRID300P5D HATCHBACK4660179514352725

The 2022 MAZDA MAZDA3 has a braked towing capacity of 1200kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 600kg.

Mazda 3 Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The Mazda 3 competes in the declining small car segment where it competes against the ever-popular Toyota Corolla, as well as the Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato, Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic.

Mazda 3 Sales Data

How well has the Mazda 3 been selling?

In 2021 Mazda sold a total of 14,126 3 sedan and hatch models.

It was outsold by the Toyota Corolla (28,768 sales), Hyundai i30 (25,575 sales) and Kia Cerato (18,114 sales).

Should you buy the Mazda 3

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

In many ways the Mazda 3 is a cut above the average, particularly in presentation, the amount and types of kit offered, and the safety features and upmarket vibe. In other ways, it does look expensive to buy and to run as a naturally-aspirated prospect with less-than-perfect torsion beam underpinnings.

Thus, it’s a mixed bag of what you hope a semi-premium small mainstream hatch might represent and room for improvement, particularly on the topic of turbocharging and chassis sophistication.

As it currently sits, and given there’s such a broad choice of trim and mechanical variation on offer, we’re more inclined to look further down the Mazda 3 range for its most compelling blend of quality and value.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

The Mazda 3 has many competitors in its small car segment.

The Toyota Corolla is a top-seller with its cheap servicing and brand credibility, the Hyundai i30 has a simple and spacious interior, and the Kia Cerato recently received a mid-life facelift.

No competitor has the same semi-luxury finish of the Mazda 3, although you can get more powerful turbo engines in the Kia and Hyundai, and hybrid power in the Corolla.

The 3 also will be cross-shopped with the Mazda CX-30, which is built on the same bones and uses the same engines – but packs a more practical interior.

Mazda 3 Interesting Facts

Did you know?

It took two years to design the side profile of the current-generation Mazda 3 according to the Mazda North America director of design, Julien Montousse.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mazda 3 range kicks off from $26,340 (plus on-road costs) for the "Mazda 3 G20 PURE" variant and finishes at $42,490 (plus on-road costs) for the "Mazda 3 X20 ASTINA M HYBRID" variant.

The Mazda 3 is built in Japan and is then shipped to Australia.

The Mazda 3 has a braked towing capacity of 1200kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 600kg.

Mazda suggested that owners service their Mazda 3 every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

The Mazda 3 has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The variants of the Mazda 3 use Unleaded Petrol or Unleaded Petrol/electric. It is compatible with E10 fuel.

The Mazda 3 comes in 4 or 5 door variants.

In our latest review the Mazda 3 scored 7.9 out of 10. Read the full Mazda 3 review here.

The Mazda 3 had a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.