Lay eyes on the new Mazda 3, and instantly one knows this is different.
Different, in that no other family sedan is so sultrily proportioned.
Its appearance is thrusting, but its intent is draped in a silken visage of grace.
An exquisitely sculpted grille blends into the glint of the car’s eyes. The car’s skin is gleaming and taut, flowing like an unbroken spring’s crystal-clear waters over a marble-smooth pebble.
Lines arc in an irresistibly elegant silhouette to a distinctive rear, and a quiet strength emanates from the car’s cultured proportions. This is KODO – soul of motion.
In a single brushstroke, Mazda’s enthralling KODO design language finds beautiful expression. Never before has this segment seen such levels of sophistication.
The sights, textures, and sounds within the Mazda 3 are crafted to feel even more exquisite than in cars with greater pretences to aristocracy.
From the muted ticks of the indicators to the satisfying whump of the doors, every element exudes dignified class.
In a harmonious symphony of high-quality materials, all elements are woven together with the same seductive aesthetic coherence you perceived in the exterior.
The cabin’s every detail has been tailored to ensure ease of use, and a journey where you feel in natural sync with the car and your environment.
Built around a Human Machine Interface (HMI), information and controls have been thoughtfully around you for maximum ergonomic logic, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable commute.
All this time you sit, cradled in a driving position that has been precisely engineered to be relaxed and natural.
HONED TO HANDLE
The Mazda 3 is different, in that the joyful spirit of sports sedans has never before so effectively possessed a family car.
Balestier Road, Republic Avenue, Bishan Road, and even a congested Seletar Expressway. Journeys not known to deliver big smiles.
The Mazda 3’s confident gait allied to accurate, agile, and responsive handling inspire a journey that delivers satisfaction and the desire to keep driving.
Again, the soulful philosophies of Mazda’s artisan-engineers are manifest in the car’s chassis.
Skyactiv vehicle architecture combines ride comfort, handling stability, and vehicle motion in a human-centric construction, ensuring operation of the car feels intuitive and delightful.
Intelligent technologies are at play to make driving even more pleasurable and less fatiguing. G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC-Plus) proactively controls engine torque in subtle but effective measurements to manage the car’s weight transfer through a bend.
The result is a reduction in the need for mid-corner steering corrections and a more stable navigation of bends.
Tip in to the accelerator, and the cultured thrum of an efficient and powerful Skyactiv-G motor brings you forth on a linear swell of forward momentum.
The naturally aspirated engine, bringing to bear a high compression ratio and a raft of innovative Mazda technologies, has an expertly tuned 6-speed automatic as an ally.
Its thrust is thus delivered promptly and with precision, in a manner that is eminently pleasurable to interact with.
Apart from delivering a sporty and responsive drive, this engine is also capable of efficient performance. Together with the Mazda M Hybrid system, the Mazda 3 can average 5.5 litres per 100km.
And this drivetrain is also eco-friendly, as evidenced by its A2 VES banding. This means a $10,000 rebate.
The Mazda 3 is different, in that far more than a mere mode of transport hewn from metal, plastic, and leather, it is creation of craftspeople, designers, engineers, and ambassadors pouring human energy into crafting the best car available.
This is an automobile that can move not just your body, but also your soul. And that’s why it thoroughly deserves to be named “Best Family Sedan” at the 2019 ST-Torque Awards.