New vs Old: 2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv & 2009 Mazda3 2.0 Sport compared

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We took the new Mazda3 to meet its predecessor that was introduced here locally in 2009. Similar to the newer Soul Red Metallic car we have here, this particular Crystal White Pearl Mazda3 example came from the first batch of CBU models imported from Japan.

Read full review on the 2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

The previous generation Mazda3 was offered with three engine choices for the Malaysian market, a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder producing 103hp and 144Nm of torque, a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder with 145hp and 182Nm of torque, and the range-topping MPS powered by the fiery 2.3 litre 4-cylinder turbo flexing out 255hp and 380Nm of torque. The new Mazda3 currently only comes in a single guise, which is the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder SkyActiv producing 162hp and 210Nm of torque but 1.5 litre 4 cylinder with 99 hp and 150 Nm will be eventually introduced later to the Malaysian market. In all fairness, both cars featured here are the 2.0 litre model.

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

The styling have been subtly evolved, where you can still recognise the familiar pointy motifs used throughout the whole car. Noticeably the smiley grille is now narrower and moved up a bit to incorporate the Mazda logo on the nose. Overall the design have been updated with a more complex surfacing and criss-crossing lines used on the new car. A dash of chrome bits here and there adds a more premium feel to the new car as well. The dimension is not altered much, the new car is slightly wider and lower, and gains a 60mm worth of wheelbase but the bootspace is now down to 408 litres from 430 litres on the previous car.

 

The new Mazda3 is equipped with technology to deliver better performance for lesser fuel used. To achieve that, the new 2.0 litre SkyActiv G powerplant under the bonnet is helped by the ingenious i-ELOOP system that stores wasted kinetic energy generated when the vehicle is decelerating and reuse them back to power the vehicle’s electrical devices. On top of that, the i-stop system shuts down the engine when the car comes to a complete halt to save more fuel from being wasted. There’s also a new six speed gearbox replacing the five speed automatic transmission on the previous car. The new car’s claimed fuel economy is just 6.5l/100km where the old car will only manage 10.0l/100km.

Read full review on the 2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

While the new Mazda3 wins on the tech front, equipment-wise it loses out to the the old car. In the white car, you get goodies like cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and interior ambient light to name a few. While the new car is missing those equipment, it gains a sunroof and a keyless entry. Both cars have the same amount of six airbags ABS as their safety equipment.

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

The driving dynamics is more polished in the new Mazda3, in a sense you feel the ride is more supple with the suspension is more sorted to iron out road surface irregularities. The white car has clocked more than 92,000km (and counting) on the odometer but still rides admirably, so this also proofs that Mazda builds solid cars. In the end, even though the power increase over the old car is not that significant (145hp @ 6500rpm, 182Nm @4500rpm versus 162hp @ 6000rpm, 210Nm @ 4000rpm), the SkyActiv engine with i-ELOOP technology and an extra gear ratio should lower the fuel consumption so you could enjoy more miles per tank.

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv Sedan review by Penisverlangerung-At

Side-by-Side Comparison

2009 Mazda3 Sport 2.0
2014 Mazda3 2.0 SkyActiv
ENGINE
Type4-cylinder direct injection petrol4-cylinder direct injection petrol
Displacementcc19991998
Max Powerhp/rpm145/6500162/6000
Max TorqueNm/rpm182/4500210/4000
STEERING
TypeElectrical power-assistedElectrical power-assisted
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission5-speed activematic6-speed SkyActiv Drive
SUSPENSION
TypeMacPherson struts / MultilinkMacPherson struts / Multilink
BRAKES
FrontVentilated discVentilated disc
RearSolid discSolid disc
TYRE & WHEELS
Tyres215/45 R17215/45 R18
WheelsAlloyAlloy
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS
Overall Lengthmm45804585
Overall Widthmm17551795
Overall Heightmm14701450
Wheelbasemm26402700
Max Kerb weightkg13001220
Luggage Capacity (VDA)L430408
FUEL
Tank Capacity5551
Consumption10.0L/100km6.5L/100km
PERFORMANCE
Max Speedkm/h200210
0 – 100km/hsec10.68.8
PRICERM131,537.90139,950.80

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najdi U

najdi U

Najdi appreciates and sees cars as more than just a transportation tool. He believes that driving is therapeutic and finds solace when cruising at 80 km/h. Given the chance, he prefers to drive than being driven.
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