2021 Mazda 3 Hatch G25 Astina Video Review

The Mazda 3 has progressed over the years from a mainstream model to its current semi-premium offering. A strong seller in the small car segment, the fourth-generation Mazda 3 stands out with its sporty and sophisticated design, premium interior, and balanced driving feel.

Pricing starts from $24,990 for the entry-level G20 Pure, stretching to $36,990 for the range-topping G25 Astina tested here. This places the Mazda 3 in direct competition against key semi-premium rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308.

The Mazda 3 G25 gets the larger of the two available engines. Like its nameplate suggests, it’s powered by a 2.5-litre in-line 4-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engine with 139kW at 6,000rpm and 252Nm at 4,000rpm. It drives the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The latter is a $1,000 option is fitted to our test car.

There is no shortage of tech on offer, with the G25 fitted with a classy and crisp 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment display, projected head-up display, built-in satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and DAB+ digital radio. A 7.0-inch screen nestled neatly in the instrument cluster is also standard. The range-topper also gets you a punchy 12-speaker Bose Sound System with sub-woofer in the boot.

Safety in the Mazda 3 G25 is taken care of with a suit of driving aids and active safety features including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, 360-degree view camera, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. For extra peace of mind, 7 airbags including driver’s knee airbag are fitted.

As with all Mazda models the 3 is covered by a 5-Year unlimited kilometer warranty and 5-Year Roadside Assist.

For the full review, watch our detailed full-length video review above.

Our Score: 4.3/5

2021 Mazda3 Hatch G25 Astina pricing and specification

Price (Excl. on-road costs):From: $36,990

As tested:

G25 Astina: $37,990

Tested option:

  • 6-speed automatic – $1,000
Warranty:5 years/unlimited kilometers
Warranty Customer Service:N/A
Country of Origin:Japan
Service Intervals:12 months/10,000km
Engine:2.5-litre naturally aspirated direct-injected in-line 4-cylinder petrol:

139kW @ 6,000rpm, 252Nm @ 4,000rpm

Transmission:6-speed automatic
Drivetrain:Front-wheel drive
Power to Weight Ratio (W/kg):103.7
0-100km/h (seconds):N/A
Combined Fuel Consumption (L/100km):Claimed: 6.6/ Tested: 9.2
RON Rating:91
Fuel Capacity (L):51
Body:5-door hatch, 5 seats
  • 5-star ANCAP
  • 7 airbags
  • Lane Departure Warning (Astina & Vision Tech option)
  • Lane-Keep Assist System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Front Obstruction Warning
  • Front Cross Traffic Alert (Astina & Vision Tech option)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Smart City Brake Support, rear (Astina & Vision Tech option)
  • Driver Attention Alert (Astina & Vision Tech option)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • G-Vectoring Control Plus
  • Rear view camera
  • 360 Deg rear view camera (Astina & Vision Tech option)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front parking sensors (Astina & Vision Tech option)
Dimensions (L/W/H/W-B) mm:4,460/1,795/1,435/2,725
Turning Circle Between Kerbs:10.6
Ground Clearance:150
Kerb Weight (kg):1,317 – 1,380
Boot Space (L):295
Towing Capacity (kg):Braked: 1,200/Unbraked: 600
  • 8.8-inch MZD Connect colour widescreen
  • Bose Premium 12-speaker audio system
  • Satellite navigation
  • AM/FM/DAB+
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • AUX
  • iPod

Competitors: Audi A3, Honda CivicHolden AstraHyundai i30Kia CeratoLexus CT200hPeugeot 308Renault MeganeSkoda OctaviaSubaru ImprezaToyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf

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