2012 Mazda 3 1.6 petrol from Israel
A more sporty small family saloon than a Corolla or Civic
Driver's seat belt from new.
Gearbox leak at 40,000 km.
Comfortable seats and driving position.
A driver's car, but smooth for passengers also.
Hugs the road in most conditions and is fun to drive.
The 1.6L engine is adequate for both town and intercity driving, and not especially under powered as some claim.
Poor petrol consumption in town - 7-8 km per litre (18-19 MPG) - even with gentle speed, acceleration and braking, but remarkably better on a long run with 20-25km per litre (50 MPG ++) possible. I average 27-31 MPG with mixed motoring.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2018