What to Expect From the Mazda 3 2018 Neo Sport Sedan
The Mazda 3 is now in its third generation, not counting the 323 model before it. This compact sedan and hatch are a major component of Mazda’s success in Australia. To keep that sales momentum, Mazda has provided subtle updates to the Mazda 3 2018 range. The Neo badge has been replaced by the Neo Sport, but what else has changed in this entry level sedan?
Inside the Cabin
The 2018 update to the Mazda 3 has undoubtedly expanded the specification list. A 7.0 inch MZD Connect infotainment system has replaced the screen free media system. The new system features six speakers, rear view camera, and digital radio.
While the Neo Sport lacks the dual zone climate control offered with the Maxx Sport, there is manual air con. There is an attractive instrument panel with twin monochromatic displays and large central speedo.
The driver’s seat may be manually adjustable, but it is comfortable even on long stints behind the wheel. There is also plenty of leg and head room for both front and rear passengers, despite an impressive 408 litres of cargo space.
While the model may have been refined, this is still a Mazda 3. This means that you can expect an enjoyable drive and excellent driver experience. The 2.0 litre engine can handle city speeds unobtrusively, particularly when partnered with the six speed automatic transmission. There is also the i-Stop system that is quick to kill the engine to save fuel on those city start stop traffic conditions.
When you flip into Sport Mode, the gearbox is encouraged to hold a lower ratio for a more aggressive performance. However, if you’re mostly tackling urban driving, you can still expect frugal fuel economy of just 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
On the road, the new Mazda 3 offers great steering even on twisty country roads. The front end feels more than capable of keeping pace with the direct off centre steering, making the drive feel light.
The Overall Package
The Mazda 3 specs certainly add up to a fantastic compact car. It is not only practical and fun to drive, but also attractive. As the base model, the Neo Sport is a great option. Although if you do want more gear and gadgets, you could opt for the Maxx Sport. This adds blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alerts, rear auto emergency brakes, climate control and electric park brake to the spec list.
If you would like to know more about the new Mazda 3, you should call and see us. The Mandurah Mazda team is ready to answer any queries you may have about the Mazda 3 specs and would love to help you explore the Mazda 3 2018 range with a test drive.