The Mazda 3 SP25 Astina vs. The Honda Civic VTi-LX
Driving a small hatch is a great way to negotiate busy urban and suburban driving environments. However, when you languish at the lower end of this car segment, the models are often lacking some of the features you need and the performance you want. If you want more car for your money, you may well be looking at a more premium hatchback car that will make your city driving a joy rather than a chore. Both the Mazda 3 SP25 Astina and the Honda Civic VTi-LX are practical and fun to drive, but which one should you go for?
The Mazda 3 SP25 Astina
The new Mazda 3 SP25 Astina is a premium version of one of the best selling cars in Australia. It has loads of features fitted as standard, such as: push engine start, powered auto folding body coloured mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a 7” touchscreen with MZD Connect, Satellite Navigation, Digital DAB+ radio, paddle shifters, adaptive LED headlights, dual zone climate control, advanced keyless entry, a rear spoiler, 18” alloy wheels and many more. The Mazda 3 Astina is available as a six speed manual or automatic with a 2.0L or 2.5L naturally aspirated four cylinder petrol engine.
There are many safety features included, such as rear cross traffic alert, driver attention alert, blind spot monitoring, a reversing camera, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, G-Vectoring control, smart city braking support, six airbags and ISOFIX anchor points with top tethers.
The Honda Civic VTi-LX
This Honda Civic is limited to an automatic transmission only across two different petrol engines, a naturally aspirated four cylinder and a turbocharged variant. Some of the key features, include: LED daytime running lights, a 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a Garmin Sat Nav system, a lanewatch side camera, smart keyless entry, a shark fin antenna, dark chrome door handles and 17” alloy wheels.
There a many safety features, such as a pair of ISOFIX points, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a road departure mitigation system, emergency braking assist, front, side and full length curtain airbags and forward collision warnings.
Both cars are feature rich, but the Mazda 3 just edges it when you hit the road. The Honda Civic ride is on the soft side, but the Mazda 3 SP25 Astina feels rooted and positive when moving through traffic. The Mazda 3 feels smoother, the engine delivers plenty of linear acceleration and in gear, torque to spare. The Mazda 3 has a combined fuel consumption of 9L/100km compared to the Honda Civic’s less impressive 7L/100km total. The Mazda 3 SP25 Astina may be slightly more expensive than the Honda Civic VTi-LX, but it has more style, offers a better driving experience and has better fuel consumption efficiency.
If they are looking for a Mazda 3 for sale, Perth based drivers should get in touch with us here at Mandurah Mazda. We have a large selection of new, ex demo and pre-owned cars available, including the new Mazda 3 models. We would love to invite you to join us for a no obligation test drive, and you can try the Mazda driving experience for yourself. If you need to finance your purchase, you will discover our rates are very competitive and the repayments can be tailored to suit your lifestyle. Our sales team is standing by to advise you on the latest Mazda 3 price, and they will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.