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Mazda 3 Hatchback

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RM 139,620 - RM 160,059
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3 Hatchback Specs
Engine 1496 cc
Power 118 hp
Transmission Type Automatic
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
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3 Hatchback Pros & Cons

Things We Like in 3 Hatchback

High equipment and safety levels

Engine is not only powerful but fun to drive and efficient

Things We Dont Like in 3 Hatchback

No diesel engine is available

Rear seat could have been slightly upright

Recent Updates of 3 Hatchback

Mazda 3 Hatchback is one of the best-looking hatches that we’ve seen in a long time. And the latest updates suggest that it is going to get even better. Mazda is planning to bring in an all-new 3 hatchback. This new model will be heavily inspired by the Kai Concept that Mazda revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. This means we would get to see even more attractive and appealing models.

The dimensions of the new model would differ slightly from that of the current one. Mazda will also enhance its i-Active sense safety features. Mazda is yet to release more information about the upcoming car. We will be coming up with the latest updates so stay tuned.

Mazda 3 Hatchback 2020 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Mazda 3 Hatchback Skyactiv-G 1.5 RM 139,620 *
OTR Price
1496 cc, 118 hp, Automatic, Petrol
Mazda 3 Hatchback Skyactiv-G 2.0 High Plus RM 160,059 *
OTR Price
1998 cc, 162 hp, Automatic, Petrol
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RM 139,620 - RM 160,059
RM 139,620 - RM 160,059
RM 139,620 - RM 160,059
RM 139,620 - RM 160,059
RM 139,620 - RM 160,059

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Mazda 3 Hatchback Colors

3 Hatchback is available in 8 different colors - Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red, Jet Black, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica and Polymetal Grey.

  • Snowflake White Pearl

  • Soul Red

  • Jet Black

  • Sonic Silver Metallic

  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Mazda 3 Hatchback Review

  • Overview
  • Interior & Features
  • Exterior
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict


Mazdas have always held a special place in the local market. The company builds evocative cars and it is but natural that they find lots of takers for given any model that is being made. The Mazda 3 hatchback is one car that brings in the moolah for the company. Now in its third generation, the car has got a facelift, something that will help it carve its own space in a segment filled with the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, and the Honda Civic. So, this facelifted trim brings along with it a lot of equipment, changes to the fascia and finally a lower price tag too. Mazda has started offering the 3 hatchback only in the High trim. The High was previously reserved only for the sedan. So without further ado, here are my impressions of the Mazda 3 hatchback.

Interior & Features

The cabin of the Mazda 3 hatch sees fewer changes when compared to the exterior. The CX-9 borrowed steering wheel looks and is nice to hold as well. The instrument cluster too looks new partly because of the graphics and fonts which have been changed. The surprise package is the colour display for the Head-up display that looks just brilliant. The leather upholstery too has been given an overall and the new electronic parking brake liberates space in the centre console. This space is now being used by twin cup holders and there is also a special slot to put your mobile phones. A 7-inch MZD touchscreen infotainment system takes care of the music requirements and it is compatible with USB, AUX as well as Bluetooth inputs. Mazda sadly still doesn’t think highly of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both these OS supports have been given a miss in the 3.

Both the front as well rear seats are comfortable enough. The front seats are powered whereas the rear seats in our opinion could be slightly upright. Boot space of 364 litres is strictly okay. Everything in the cabin feels high quality though the plastics towards the lower part of the dashboard could have been done a tad better.


The Mazda 3 hatchback follows the Kodo design, something the entire brand follows. The grille, as a result, has now become bigger and is flanked by reshaped headlights. The headlamps are LED projectors and they now have LED DRLs as well as LED fog lights to help light up the dark roads. Mazda has also added reprofiled bumpers, a bigger air dam as well and the Mazda logo too has been slightly shifted to the lower part than before. The colour palette is Meteor Grey, Artic White, Aluminium Metallic and Blue Reflex. Towards the rear, apart from the reshaped reflectors and fog lamps, there isn’t much to distinguish it from the older car. The Mazda 3 hatch still runs 215/45 R18 tyres and the spare unit is a size 16. Dimension-wise, the Mazda 3 hatch still measures 4,470 mm x 1,795 mm x 1,465 mm for the length, width and height respectively. The wheelbase stands at 2,700 mm and the kerb weight is 1,344kg

Ride & Handling

Mazda cars are always fun to drive. But that hasn’t happened at the expense of the ride quality. The MacPherson struts at the front and the multi-link at the rear have been tuned perfectly. The Mazda absorbs all but the biggest of potholes and even though it maintains its composure. For the model year 2018, Mazda have added G-Vectoring for the entire 3 range.

What it does is ensure the engine supplies the right amount of torque based on inputs from the steering. It takes care of the lateral yaw and ensures that the car feels connected to drive. The steering while being electrically assisted is quite direct and gives one a confident feel while driving.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

Mazda continues to use the excellent 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor that puts out 162PS of power and 210Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic gearbox along with a manual mode is offered. Mazda has increased the compression of the engine to eke out more driveability. This, in turn, has improved the fuel efficiency too by a notch. Under light load, the engine is a very charming performer and doesn’t seem to be fazed even when the driver is redlining it. The torque convertor along with the paddle shifters do a good job of changing gears without being an intrusion. The engine is well insulated and doesn’t become the constant drone in the cabin that is usually the case with higher capacity motors.

In terms of efficiency, driving through the switchbacks as well as your crowded roads, the Mazda 3 hatch was a pleasant surprise. We thought the fuel efficiency could be somewhere around 11-12kmpl. However, on refilling, we realised that the Mazda has a trick or two up its sleeves. The efficiency came out to be 14.3 kmpl. The top speed that the Mazda 3 achieved was a cool 180kmph.

It still baffles me as to why Mazda doesn’t offer a diesel powerplant for the 3. The engine, we have heard has good mid-range torque and excellent driveability. Not to mention, its fuel efficiency is around 18 kmpl.

Braking & Safety

With the facelift, Mazda has also got a huge list of safety equipment as standard in the Mazda 3. For the hatchback, in its High trim, there are six airbags, Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Anti Lock Braking, Emergency Stop Signal, Emergency Brake System, Traction Control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seat belts with pre-tensioners for the front passengers and 3-point seat belts with ELR. Not only this but the hatchback also gets a radar-assisted tech as part of the safety update. These include Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring,  Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The GNCAP rating for the 3 hatchback is a full five stars.


Mazda 3 has been priced at RM 107,000, ex-showroom. At this price, it’s a steal and if backseat comfort isn’t your priority, then the Mazda 3 hatch makes sense. If you need more boot space, there is always the sedan which is available at the same price and gets similar equipment levels too.

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    Indeela Feb 04, 2020 for Mazda 3 Hatchback

    When it comes to the hatchback segment, the Mazda 3 hatchback sits on the top according to me. The KODO design language adds some innovative and appealing elements to the exterior which proves to be a head turner on the streets. As I own the top-end model, the cabin is blessed with goodies like keyless entry, heads-up display, leather seats, Read More

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    Adam Nov 15, 2019 for Mazda 3 Hatchback

    The Mazda 3 Hatchback is no different than its sedan sibling barring the extended boot. So, if you also possess a smaller parking space like me and do not need the extended boot, the Mazda 3 hatchback is the better option. I have been driving one for over a year now and must admit that this is the best hatch Read More

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    Aarifa Khan Ogo 13, 2018 for Mazda 3 Hatchback (2017-2018)

    Everyone has an eye out for all the new Mazda releases, was planning to buy a hatchback for myself, and when I was right about to make the choice I heard the all-new Mazda 3 hatchback had been released for the Malaysian market. I couldn’t wait to test drive the car, and it did not fall short of my expectations. Read More

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    Trucmuche Jun 27, 2018 for Mazda 3 Hatchback (2017-2018)

    It is not easy to spot a Mazda 3 hatchback in Malaysia because the sedan is more popular. But I believe in standing out from the crowd. So, while the Mazda 3 sedan is more popular, I chose the hatchback variant. I did not find many changes in the two cars other than just the extended rear end. There are Read More

Mazda 3 Hatchback FAQ

What are the Safety Features Available in Mazda 3 Hatchback?

The safety features available in Mazda 3 Hatchback Below:

Feature Value
Driver Airbag Yes
Passenger Airbag Yes
Side Airbag-Front Yes
Side Airbag-Rear Yes
Child Safety Locks Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
Brake Assist Yes
Ebd Yes
Vehicle Stability Control System Yes
Rear Seat Belts Yes
Seat Belt Warning Yes
Day & Night Rear View Mirror Yes
Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts Yes
Rear Camera Yes
Parking Sensors Yes
Crash Sensor Yes
Engine Check Warning Yes
Front Impact Beams Yes
Side Impact Beams Yes
Door Ajar Warning Yes
Traction Control Yes
What are the Dimensions of Mazda 3 Hatchback?

Below are the Dimensions of Mazda 3 Hatchback:

Feature Value
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
Fuel Tank Capacity (litres) 51 L
Length 4460 mm
Width 1795 mm
Height 1435 mm
Wheel Base 2725 mm
No Of Doors 5
Kerb Weight 1368 kg
What is the Engine Capacity of Mazda 3 Hatchback?

Mazda 3 Hatchback comes with 2 variants. The Top variant Skyactiv-G 2.0 High Plus:

Engine Specification
Engine 1998 cc
Power 162 hp

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