The Mazda 3 Sportback was launched in the Phillippines in August 2019, together with its sedan counterpart. This is the fourth generation model of the nameplate that is available in four trims: the Elite, Premium, Speed, and the latest edition 100 variant. The Elite variant is priced at P1,320,000, the Premium variant is retailed at P1,510,000, the Speed variant is valued at P1,590,000, while the edition 100 top spec variant is offered at P1,610,000.
Following Mazda’s “Kodo” design language, the Sportback dons a minimalist yet premium aesthetic with flowing lines and contours on the body. The prominent mesh-designed front grille is complemented by glaring LED headlamps and halogen running lamps. To top off the stylish look is a glass sunroof with electric controls. The Elite variant rides on 16” aluminum alloy wheels while the Premium, Speed, and edition 100 variants come with 18” alloys.
What differentiates the Speed and edition 100 variants are the additional body kits and the signature Mazdaspeed body kit that comes with each model, respectively.
Interiors differ among each variant in terms of the materials of finishes, color palettes, and infotainment systems. The Elite variant sports leatherette upholstered seats in black, with manual adjustability. Meanwhile the Premium variant is decked in black authentic leather and a 10way power adjustability with memory on the driver’s seat. The Speed and edition 100 variants are furnished with red leather seats.
On the dashboard of the Mazda 3 Sportback is a front Windshield Projected Active Driving Display HUD and a 7"LCD Display Meter Set for convenient viewing and monitoring of the gauges.
Technology & Safety Features
All variants of the Mazda 3 Sportback are equipped with an expansive range of tech and safety features. For starters, it comes with Mazda Connect that can be accessed through its 8.8" LCD Monitor that is also compatible with USB, Bluetooth, and Smartphone Mirroring for a handsfree drive. Audio comes out of a 12-Speaker BOSE Sound System for the 2.0L engine variants, while an 8-speaker Mazda Harmonic Acoustics is mounted on the Elite model.
In terms of safety, it comes with an Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Smart Keyless Entry System, and Rear Parking Sensors as standard.
The Premium, Speed, and edition 100 variants are equipped with an additional catalog of safety features such as front parking sensors, 360° View Camera, and Mazda’s I-ACTIVSENSE. It is the latest safety technology that includes Blind-Spot Monitoring Equipped with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Smart Brake Support (forward and reverse), and Driver Attention Alert.
Platform & Chassis
The five-door hatchback rides on a Mazda B Platform. Suspension comes in the form of front McPherson Strut and rear torsion beam axle. Stopping power comes from ventilated discs in front and solid discs at the rear. All variants also include an electric parking brake with auto brake hold for added safety and convenience.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Mazda 3 Sportback comes in two engine options which are 1.5L and 2.0L. Powering the Premium, Speed, and edition 100 variants is a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC gasoline engine with G-Vectoring Control Plus. It is mated to a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode that sends power to the front wheels. The engine produces 152 hp, 200 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, under the hood of the Elite variant is a SKYACTIV-G 1.5L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves gasoline engine with G-Vectoring Control Plus. It is paired with a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode and produces 109 hp, 146 Nm of torque powering the front wheels.