Mazda3 (2016) Specs & Price

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The slightly updated Mazda3 has landed in South Africa, here are the facelifted range’s details and local pricing.

The Mazda3 has been selling relatively well in SA – the Hiroshima-based manufacturer sells around 200 units a month in a highly competitive segment that includes the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Astra, plus many others. The update to the Mazda3 adds G-Vectoring and other high-end technologies to the compact hatchback's package.

The exterior enhancements are limited to a Mazda badge that sits slightly lower than on the current model, redesigned fog lights, new alloy wheels and reshaped side skirts. The back of the hatch receives a minor redesign, but it’s difficult to tell the difference if we’re honest. New exterior colours have also been introduced: Eternal Blue Mica, Sonic Silver metallic, Soul Red metallic and Machine Gray metallic, the manufacturer says.


Judging by this rear 3-quarter-angle aspect, the Mazda3's changes are very subtle. "Answers on a postcard please".

Meanwhile, the G-Vectoring control system makes its debut on the Mazda3 and is available as standard on all the 2.0-litre models. The system directs torque/transfers weight to the driven wheel with the most traction and Mazda claims the system “aims to make racecar-like cornering precision.”

Mazda has also added a new top-of-the-range derivative called the Astina Plus. The Astina Plus is fitted with much of Mazda’s advanced tech that we have seen on the CX-5. Standard features include adaptive LED headlights, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, driver attention alert and Smart City Brake support. City Brake support works at speeds of 4-80 kph and monitors the car in front in order to detect the possibility of impact.

In the event the system detects a high risk of impact, it issues visual and audible warnings and primes the brakes for faster responses to middle pedal inputs.

Mazda3 pricing and model lineup

Mazda3 1.6L Original Manual 4Dr/5Dr – R258 900 

  • Maximum power: 77 kW
  • Maximum torque: 144 Nm
  • Power windows
  • Air-conditioning
  • Instrument panel light dimmer
  • Cloth trim
  • Trip computer
  • One-touch window for driver
  • Audio controls on steering wheel
  • Radio / CD / AUX / USB
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4 speakers
  • Seatbelt warning (Front)
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seats
  • ISOfix
  • Rear folding seats (60:40) (Hatch only)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 6 airbags plus ABS, EBD and EBA
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless start
  • Tilt & telescopic steering adjustment

Mazda3 1.6L Active Manual 4Dr/5Dr - R271 800 (Incl VAT)

  • Front LED foglamps
  • Map reading spot lamps
  • 6 speakers
  • Overhead sunglass storage
  • 16-inch alloys wheels
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 7-inch display MZD connect system

Mazda3 1.6L Dynamic Manual 4-door/5-door – R284 900 

Auto 1.6L – R295 900 

  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Leather handbrake handle
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power fold mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear spoiler (sedan)
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Leather gearshift selector
  • Leather seats

Mazda3 2.0L Individual Manual 4Dr/5Dr – R331 900 

Auto 2.0L – R343 900 

  • Maximum power: 121 kW
  • Maximum torque: 210 Nm
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Dynamic stability control
  • Hill launch assist
  • G-Vectoring Control
  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • i-stop
  • Cruise control
  • Auto-shift switch/Shift paddles (Auto models only)

Mazda3 2.0 Astina Auto 4Dr/5Dr – R378 400

  • Reverse-view camera
  • Integrated navigation
  • Active driving display
  • Power lumbar support (driver only)
  • BOSE sound system
  • 9 speakers
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8-way electrically adjustable seat (driver only)
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Analog tachometer
  • Parking sensors (rear) 
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Mazda3 2.0 Astina Plus Auto 4Dr/5Dr – R407 900

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist system
  • Smart City brake support (front and rear)
  • Driver Attention Alert


Redesigned grille detail and foglamps are apparent from the frontal view.

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