Undercutting All Rivals: 2014 Mazda 3 Review [Video]

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The 2014 Mazda 3 represents something of a big shakeup by the Japanese company. Although never quite a subject of ridicule, the 2014 Mazda 3 has rarely been a topic of positive conversation with the critics either. For so long it has lived in the shadows, whilst the other, better hatchback’s, such as Ford’s Focus, dominated the market. If not a laughing stock, then it has remained the quiet, unassuming child in the corner who has been saddled with the boring tag. The one everyone leaves alone, despite some eyeing potential in there somewhere. But with the 2014 Mazda 3 MK3, all that is sure to change – the potential is about to materialise into something concrete.

Front  view of 2014 Mazda 3

2014 Mazda 3

Let’s have a quick look at some facts and long-held observations. There are around 6 million Mazda 3’s on the road, yet few would suggest that it has ever been a popular family hatchback. Critics have constantly sniped that the Japanese manufacturers have been too indebted to the Focus, using it as an inspiration, suppressing their own eye for innovation and originality. Critics suggested the Mazda 3 MK2 always lacked a bit of spark, a bit of something that defined it as something independent of the mighty Focus. We’re happy to say that the 2014 Mazda 3 MK3 is a significant step forward, with the engineers finally showing a bit of creative nous and savvy. So join us for this new 2014 Mazda 3 review as we take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Outstripping Its Rivals

One of the major selling points of the 2014 Mazda 3, and something which has come as a surprise to all, is that it is much lighter than its hatchback counterparts. In fact, it’s one of the lightest in its class. This significant weight reduction was achieved with the help of their prized and hugely popular SkyActiv technology. Owing to this technology, the 2014 Mazda 3 comes with low compression ratios comparable to that of a Formula 1 car, meaning the designers were able to build it with lighter materials. Less mechanical stress was bore by the engine, resulting in a lighter car overall. Certainly no debt to the much bulkier Focus here, then.

The performance is also great, enhanced as it is by the aforementioned Sky Activ technology. This technology reduces weight and at the same time strengthens efficiency and drivability, ensuring that the vehicle is not only lighter than its competitors, but also feels better on the road. It starts quicker, stops quicker, and doesn’t burden the tyres and brakes as much. Once you get behind the wheel, these are the sorts of nuances you soon begin to feel; the improvement is fluid, adding to a great drive.

rear view of 2014 Mazda 3

2014 Mazda 3

Furthermore, despite its outward size, it’s incredibly twinkle-toed and easy to drive. Even better, it doesn’t shirk on the power front either, and the 2 litre petrol option can reach 62 mph in 8.9 seconds. Moreover, whereas lot of hatchbacks are fairly single-minded, not always doing exactly what you want them to do, the Mazda 3 is intuitive and works harmoniously with the drivers’ intentions. In this sense, the 2014 Mazda 3 sport review tends to be extremely positive.

Design

One of the criticisms people may direct at the 2014 Mazda 3 is that it’s lacking in any type of brand identity; it just doesn’t look like its predecessors. But if the manufacturers are serious about reinventing their hatchback, a break with the past probably has to include a shake-up in aesthetics. This doesn’t have any serious pros or cons, with the exception being that it is symbolic more than anything. But there are subtle differences which are pleasing.

The cabin is much improved, now coming with a slick, classy look. Included is the incorporation of colour touch screen technology, which helps to clear the dashboard of superfluous clutter. Here you can control the music, tweak your sat nav, and connect up your phone. The boot comes with 364 litres of space, which is a big improvement on the previous MK2 – you get 80 more litres. The design of the gear stick is also markedly improved, giving you greater control and grip. You feel more assured than you did with the last one, where a sticky gear shift action always left you feeling slightly anxious.

The interior just feels better, and you get the impression that their rivals will be looking on with a degree of envy, not to mention surprise. The back seat head and leg room is fantastic, and the cabin width comes in at 40mm wider than the MK2. To top it off, the interior is comprised of satin chrome metal, soft touch plastics and – if you fancy it as an optional extra – leather finishes.

Final Thoughts

The problem Mazda has is proving to hatchback consumers that they should be their go-to providers. Toppling the giants in this field, among them the Peugeot 306 and the Ford Focus, will be no mean feat, but the 2014 Mazda 3 has so much going for it that it’s worth a closer look. The Mazda 3 1.6 diesel certainly packs a good punch, and the premium’s are not too high. But the best thing you can say about it is that anyone who is looking to downsize will feel right at home; it has that luxury feel, and with the 2014 Mazda 3 prices starting at a very modest £17,000, Mazda 3 offers represent incredible value for money. Cheaper than most of its rivals, yet lighter and just as efficient, the Mazda 3 is no longer the quiet and retiring boy in the corner. It’s got brains and muscles, and it’s just flexed them.

If you want to find out more about the kind of 2014 Mazda 3 lease options that are available to you, we are home to a team of diligent and consummate professionals who have years of experience in the vehicle supply industry. Whatever questions you have, we are ready to help guide you through the next stage of the process. Contact us today on 01903 538835 to find out more about your 2014 Mazda 3 finance options.

Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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