With an interior design that incorporates the ‘less is more’ ideal of Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of Motion exterior design philosophy, the Mazda3’s cockpit is laid out in perfectly horizontal symmetry centred on the driver. High-grade materials and first-class build quality abound across the range, while from Sport Lux trim onwards, the cabin ambiance is enhanced by chrome detailing on the steering wheel centre bezel, start button and glove box handle. Other high-end design features include a frameless mirror.
GT Sport and GT Sport Tech versions of the Mazda3 feature black leather seats, while the driver’s seat features power adjustment and memory function linked to the Active Driving Display and door mirror. You also get high-end items like the 12-speaker Bose surround sound system. Manual air-conditioning is standard on the SE-L, while from SE-L Lux onwards dual-zone climate control is included, as are heated seats. GT Sport and GT Sport Tech cars have a heated steering wheel.
All versions of the Mazda3 feature a 7-inch TFT colour instrument display combined with an 8.8-inch central display screen with Mazda Connect infotainment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, while the revised Multimedia Commander makes operation of the infotainment system easier than ever. The standard eight speaker audio system delivers class-leading sound quality, while USB connectivity and Bluetooth is also standard.
Stand out technology as standard
Standout technology is a feature across the range, every model in the Mazda3 line-up features Mazda’s windscreen projected colour head-up display. This Active Driving Display features Traffic Sign Recognition. Equally useful is the Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which also features on every car in the range. On models with an automatic gearbox the stop and go function allows the car to come to a complete stop and move off again in crawling traffic.
When it comes to practicality all versions of the Mazda3 feature 60:40 split rear seats. The boot of the Mazda3 hatchback delivers 351 litres of luggage space or 358 litres if you include the additional space under the boot floor. Fold the rear seats flat and load to the roof and this practical hatchback has a 1,026-litre carry space, while maximum load length increases from 838mm to 1,366mm. The Mazda3 Saloon has a useful 444-litre load space.
The navigation system in the Mazda3 features a 3D gyro sensor with optimised control logic that calculates car position even when there’s no GPS signal. Additionally, the quality and draw up speed of the mapping has improved, while the new search functionality has also been enhanced. While the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allows for the easy use of smart phone online navigation applications.