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Mazda 3

Mazda 3
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement, bore * stroke
Compression ratio14,0 : 1
Engine controlDOHC (chain)
Valves4 per cylinder, variable inlet/outlet side
Drive trainFront drive, transversal
TransmissionManual six-speed, automatic six-speed (option)
Wheelbase2.700 mm
Turning circle11.400 mm
Suspension frontMcPherson
Suspension rearMultilink
SteeringGear rack, servo, electric
BrakesDiscs, front ventilated
Wheels205/60 R 16 (6,5") -
215/45 R 18 (7")
Length4.465/4.585 mm
Width1.795 mm
Height1.450 mm
Tank capacity51 liter
Load volumeFrom 364 liter
PayloadFrom 610 kg
Kerb weight1.190-1.405 kg incl. driver
Top speed
Year of manufactureFrom 2013

The philosophy of the petrol engine is significantly different from the competition. Instead of charging and to take back the displacement, at Mazda is set on a high compression ratio. Diesel and gasoline engine even come to the same value of 14:1, which already tantamount to to a small sensation. But the diesel compensates, if one takes into account the fundamental difference between the two, due to increased boost pressure its lack of compression.

High compression: in manufacturing the most economical solution

Quite different the petrol engine. Here you can also not speak at the smallest 1.5-liter engine from downsizing opposite. 150 Nm of torque is already a proud value for this. Another advantage is the absence of any turbo lag. Disadvantage: The engine must be moved in higher speed ranges, although the highest power be incurred at still endurable 6000 rpm. The torque-performance curve is just not as chunky.

Here further helps the of Japanese cars like in this case, familiar precise feeling of shifting because downshifting is for sporty driving a common practice. Seen from consumption the 3 seems not to take offense and may well stand against the powerful but torquey turbo engines. Seen from consumption the 3 seems not to take offense and may well stand against the powerful but torquey turbo engines. The advantage is of course still somewhat larger in favor of the Mazda when being driven more cautious.

The video below refers to a small design revolution, which allows to move the passenger compartment backwards with enlarged wheelbase. This creates an more opulent bonnet, but offers less space at unchanged car length rear. However, for the air resistance it seems to be more favorable. Altogether one is obviously convinced of the importance of styling at Mazda. Also in the interior it is important, eg more than family-friendly racks.

The philosophy continues into the chassis, where at least at the hatchback comes a certain hardness before the suitability for travelling. The other side is of course the suitability for the country road the prefer sporty drivers. Maybe even the complete equipment fits with assistance systems to this clientele. Of course this can not be offered to the still very moderate looking basic prices.

Black and silver colours, the interior is, therefore, characterized in principle by few buttons if the steering wheel would not be there. So slowly it loses its originally intended function of steering and degenerates into a button carrier. However, with the difficulty to be operated only in the straight ahead position. Why not take over the steering wheel of Formula 1? However, this is as expensive as the cheapest Mazda 3. Is the most important criterion for good operability the proximity to the driver?

The good idea of a head-up display is diluted by the lack of perceived quality of the film on which it is projected. It seems that such displays need to be very well planned also seen from position in the field of view. Speaking of field of view, here's the disadvantage of styling at least noticeably when you look back. And whether that is the future, having to choose between a large speedometer or a large tachometer?

Typical again the subject to surcharge tablet solution on top of the dashboard. After all there is additional the practical, easily accessible turning knob and voice control. 09/13               Top of page               Index
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