Mazda I Touring 2019 First Drive

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The Mazda I Touring 2019 continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

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The Mazda I Touring 2019 isn’t close to luxurious, but it’s hard to beat for interior space to hold both people and their gear. The Mazda I Touring 2019 offers a pleasantly high driving position, lots of front elbow room, and a dashboard far enough away to make the interior feel spacious. The upright shape and low window line make the interior airy and light and give excellent outward visibility.

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Noise suppression is good, with more sound deadening added last year, as well as an acoustic windshield, thicker window glass, and better door seals. This helps address a chronic Mazda I Touring 2019 First Drive weak point and makes the car much more pleasant for longer trips.

Mazda’s indomitable 3 has taken on the feeling of an iPhone release – every year there’s something new to add to its already-significant armoury of safety and specification.

The 2018 Mazda3 is not a huge upgrade to the range, but there are a few little details to make Mazda’s attractive small car that little bit more appealing. With two new spec levels and the nice touch of the reversing camera now being standard across the range, it looks like a quiet but measured response to Hyundai’s reinvigorated i30 and the oncoming storm of the new Toyota Corolla.

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Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
How much does a Mazda3 cost? The price list spans $21,490 through to $35,490 and encompasses five models in the range, two engines and two transmissions. These prices are RRP, you’ll have to attack your dealer for a drive-away price or wait for a promotion. To compare models in detail, see our snapshot guide. As always, pricing is identical whether you choose the sedan or hatch variant.

All Mazda3s are now front-wheel drive – it’s been a long time since Mazda sold an AWD car at this level. Of course, if you do want a 4WD Mazda, you’re spoilt for choice with the small CX-3 and mid-size CX-5. If you must have a turbodiesel Mazda, your best bet is the forthcoming CX-8.

Even sadder than the lack of a 4×4 version is the absence of rear-wheel drive, for which you have to stretch back into the 1980s to find a 323 that was rear driven.

With the Neo Sport upgrade, Mazda’s full infotainment system is on all 3s. It used to be one of the better entertainment systems but is starting to lag a little.

You can’t fault its usability, with touchscreen when you’re stopped and a rotary dial with shortcut buttons for when you’re on the move. ‘MZD Connect’ also powers the GPS navigation system (where fitted). The USB port will handle your iPhone or Android phone and will look after MP3-compatible devices too. Remember them?

Up to the SP25, the sound system features six speakers. The GT and Astina each feature nine Bose-branded speakers, including a subwoofer.

There is no ‘radio CD player’, DVD player, or CD changer available any more and, frustratingly, you still can’t get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

There are five trim levels, two of them newly renamed. The entry-level machine is now called the Neo Sport to reflect the bump in specification over the 2017 model. Starting at $21,490 for the six-speed manual transmission (vs $23,490 for the automatic transmission), the MY18 price is up by $1000.

That buys you standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, trip computer, air conditioning, push-button start, electric power steering, central locking, projector-style halogen headlights, rear parking sensors, reverse camera (new to the entry level), 7.0-inch MZD Connect touch screen, cruise control, lightly tinted windows, automatic door lock, a power window in each door and mirrors and a space-saver spare tyre.

Mazda I Touring 2019 Release date and Specs

Top safety scores and continual updates to safety features put the Mazda I Touring 2019 among the safest cars in its class. All Mazda I Touring 2019 include a rearview camera as standard equipment. This year, all Limited and Touring models now come with blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts. Those features are also added to Premium models ordered with Subaru’s EyeSight system.

The best value in Mazda I Touring 2019 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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