2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A great all-rounder
Nothing yet except a squeaky indicator stalk (will mention at the next service) and the floor mat on the driver's side slips and needs to be re-adjusted.
Great car with many safety features at this price point. The car has plenty of power and is quite economical, especially on the open road.
Handling is great, as is the ride, and the engine noise is subdued.
The MZD Connect system is great to use with the wheel; easy to use on the move and the display is really clear and informative. Phones are easy to connect and the USB ports are great as well. Rear seat legroom is OK and cupholders in the centre armrest are great.
There are some small things that could be made better, and one of these is the white instrument needles on white numbers. Here a digital speedo would be great as the top of the needle can be hard to see in some light. I am still getting use to the electronic park brake and sometimes find the automatic transmission a little slow to kickdown unless you give it a shove, then it works really well.
The hatch is easy to use, especially the fold down seats, but sometimes it could do with being a little bigger.
Overall, I am happy with the car, it does what it needs to do very well, and the active and passive safety, along with great handling and ride, make this an excellent car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2019