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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2014, 08:12:10 AM »
Has anyone driven the 2.0 120 PS petrol model? My dealer hasn't got any available for a test drive yet and I'd like to know if it's any good. I'm particularly interested in the automatic.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #46 on: April 07, 2014, 06:44:57 PM »
I have just taken delivery of the new Mazda3 and so far so good, road noise is not good though, maybe the tyres and i don't like the stop/start but you can switch that off, only thing i can't do is pair the phone in.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #47 on: April 07, 2014, 07:48:09 PM »
Thanks for your feedback. Is your car on 16 or 18 inch wheels? Which other cars did you test drive prior to choosing the Mazda? Any idea how the level of engine noise compares to a VAG 1.4 TSi engine? Good luck with the phone pairing.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #48 on: April 08, 2014, 01:52:02 PM »
Does anyone know for sure if the 2014 3 has lost the heated front screen?
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #49 on: April 08, 2014, 08:05:07 PM »
The 2014 Mazda 3 does not have a heated front screen.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #50 on: April 08, 2014, 10:34:07 PM »
Guess I won't be getting one then  :(
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2014, 08:25:46 AM »
Had the car for about 6 weeks now and loving it.  Miles apart from my 08 Mazda 3 and I loved that!

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2014, 06:21:13 PM »
Hi NickH when you are on FM radio does your screen update with the artist and song when

the song changes or does it stop on the first song display when switched on.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2014, 11:42:03 PM »
Does anyone know for sure if the 2014 3 has lost the heated front screen?
Test drove a Kia Ceed, very nice car but got a better price on my trade in from Mazda, better looking too, its on 18 inch wheels and sorry don't know about noise levels other than this is noisey on the road, maybe Dunlop tyres or the 18 inch wheels, just done 300 miles so can't judge it really yet, also drove a new Focus but didn't like that the steering wheel was in my face, very uncomfortable.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2014, 06:45:58 PM »
Just thought I would chuck in my views on the car. Had a 120 Sport Nav for about a month now and have done about 1800 miles. Very comfortable for long distances (went for leather) and the cockpit is a nice place to be. I don't find the ride on 18's too bad, certainly a lot better than my previous 2 on 16's and not much worse than the test drive car which was on 16's. Fuel consumption seems to be around the mid 40's on average and high 40's on a long run. Styling is spot on and there are very few around at the moment so that's a bonus. The command system works a treat as does the audio although I haven't paired up to a phone yet. The only thing is, iPod tracks are a bit slow to load when forwarding through tracks on the steering wheel/screen, USB sticks are fine though.

Generally everything works well, the performance and handling are fine for what I want and so far I am really happy with the car. I should add that I had no particular budget in mind when I was looking for a new car and I was happy to pay for any car in this segment that impressed me. The fact that I plumped for the 3 says a lot about the car I think, for me it ticked all the right boxes and probably saved me a few bob as well. Oh, and my Grandson likes it more that his Dad's new 520d M Sport  :) :) :)

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2014, 07:05:05 PM »
Thanks for your mini review koolkatz. Ill ask you a couple of questions if you don't mind....

1. Is yours a manual or automatic?
2. Some reviewers have commented that the engine needs to be revved hard to perform, leading to intrusive noise. Would you agree? Any idea how the noise levels compare to VAG's 1.4 TSi engine?
3. Which other cars did you test drive before you picked the 3?

Unfortunately my dealer doesn't have the car available for a test drive so I can't try it before ordering.

Thanks!
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #56 on: April 16, 2014, 09:00:47 PM »
Hi Lambada. I think you may have asked me a similar question on Honest John, am I correct? No problem, happy to pass on my experiences. Mine is a manual, nothing against auto's, just prefer manuals. On the performance vs revs issue, the reviewers may well be right but I haven't driven any of the smaller turbos. I believe they do have better low down torque so better in gear performance. Yes, the Mazda does need a bit more revving and gear changing to access the full performance, however, this doesn't really bother me and there is enough low down torque for normal business. If I have to drop a couple of gears to overtake something then so be it.

As I think I said on the HJ site, I tend to drive a selection of hire cars for work so have some sort of yardstick. People have different priorities when buying cars and mine are probably different to the norm. The first thing I want is good styling outside and inside. I dislike the silver games console type consoles favoured by some manufacturers with a passion. The Mazda dash is simple and functional. Styling is obviously subjective but there are many designs out there that just seem a bit bland and underwhelming, the Mazda is a bold design and quite imposing. Then there is my last priority and that is that the car will be relatively uncommon on the roads. With Ford, Vauxhall and VAG outselling Mazda by something like 20:1, that is likely to be the case.

I know this doesn't really help you decide whether to buy the Mazda or not. All I can say is that I tend not to read too many reviews because they are based on decisions of the head not the heart and I tend to buy more with the heart. For many it would not be their perfect car, however, for me there is no better overall package out there. 

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #57 on: April 16, 2014, 11:29:24 PM »
Yes, koolkatz....I did ask similar questions on the HJ site. Must admit I'm somewhat desperate for first hand information so thanks for sharing your experience with the car. Not easy to find info about it because the 120 PS version isn't sold in any other English speaking countries it seems.

I agree with you regarding the head vs heart matter. My head is telling me to go with the Golf and my heart wants the Mazda. The Mazda looks far better in my opinion and I can get it better equipped than the Golf but I won't know how it performs until I buy it. Hopefully I'll find someone who tried both cars so I can see what they think. Thanks again.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #58 on: April 17, 2014, 09:10:42 AM »
Hi Lambada. I can understand the dilemma you are in, am I right in saying that it is mainly the performance you are concerned about? Coming into work this morning, I thought I would pay a bit more attention to the performance so that I could give you a bit more feedback. I think it has to be said that 120PS in this size of car is never going to tear your face off. However, I think it has better performance than power figures alone would suggest, after all it does have a sub 9 second 0-60 time which is pretty impressive anyway. However, as many have said, this performance is only accessible at higher revs. The performance reminds me a bit of a Cavalier SRI 130 I had many moons ago although that needed even more revs to get the best out of it from what I remember.

Some other cars may have more torque low down but the Mazda has adequate torque for relaxed driving and on my A and B road 10 mile commute, I am never wanting for more, most of the journey being done in 4th and 5th gears. Peak torque is at 4000rpm according to the literature but the car starts coming to life at around 2500rpm. The performance is certainly there if you need it.

I suppose it comes down to whether you buy into the new way of doing things with smaller low revving turbocharged engines or the Mazda way which is the more conventional, larger normally aspirated engine route which just needs a few more revs to get the best out of them. I would really like to be able to say that the Mazda was a better car than the Golf for your needs but obviously that's not possible. All I can do is give you as much info about the Mazda as possible and hope it helps you. If you need any more info, I'm happy to provide it if I can.

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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
« Reply #59 on: April 17, 2014, 09:53:22 AM »
Koolkatz. Could you please update your vehicle details in your profile.  Thanks.
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Re: NEW 2014 Mazda 3
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