We’ve waited quite some time for the locally assembled Mazda3 to hit our showrooms, especially so for those who have been wanting to get their hands on the popular Japanese C-Segment car but were disheartened by the CBU’s RM139k asking price.

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QUICK FACTS

Name Mazda3 2.0L Sedan (GL) Mazda3 2.0L Sedan (High spec) Mazda3 2.0L Hatchback 
Segment C-Segment Sedan/Hatchback
Engine 1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection 1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection 1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection
Transmission 6-spd SkyActiv-Drive auto 6-spdSkyActiv-Drive auto 6-spdSkyActiv-Drive auto
Max Power 162 hp @ 6,000 rpm 162 hp @ 6,000 rpm 162 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Price (OTR without insurance) RM105,705.30 with GST RM120,705.30 with GST RM120,705.30 with GST

 

Now, the Kulim-assembled Mazda3s are between RM19,000 to RM35,000 cheaper, depending on the variant of your choice. We’ve paid particular attention to the hatch, simply because the good-looker shares the same price tag as the high spec sedan. Also because the hatch is being offered for the first time since the new Skyactiv-based Mazda3 was introduced last March.

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A quick glance over the spec sheet will read as such: manual fabric seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, single-zone auto air conditioning, MZD Connect System with 7-inch toucscreen display, six-speakers, keyless entry and push-start button.

Under the bonnet resides the same 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine that makes the same numbers as before – 162 hp at 6,000 rpm and 210 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Also carried over is the six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic gearbox, driving the front wheels.

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If you’re having trouble deciding which to buy between the hatch and the high spec sedan, do click on the video above to find out what we think will best help you justify your choice, or click here to read Najdi’s full review of the hatch. As always, enjoy watching!

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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.