2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina Diesel Hatch Review

The 2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina is both seriously entertaining and packed with the latest car features in this segment. The diesel-run XD starts at $39,290, while adding $2,000 will give you a six-speed automatic transmission. This model offers a great driving experience. It is also one of the most elegant diesel hatches on sale today.

The XD Astina runs only half a second slower than the SP25 Astina ($35,040) when speeding to 100km/h. However, its 2.2-litre turbo diesel produces 420Nm of torque, giving it an edge once under way. That extra oomph becomes even more evident when you load it up with luggage and adults or point it at a hill. If you are looking at buying a small diesel hatch, then the 2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina deserves a test drive.

2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina Review

Driving Experience

Its turning circle of 10.7 meters is tight enough to help you navigate in the most urban streets. The electric steering gives the perfect balance between a reassuring feedback and light weight, but the suspension also deserves praises. You will only slightly feel the small potholes as you drive. This is mainly because the XD Astina uses 18-inch rubber tires. The Astina can surely handle, even the bumps and lumps along the way.

Those who own the previous Mazda 3 can say that their cars were not that quiet, but that is not the case now. The tire noise is only evident on the country roads, and the hard acceleration can produce some engine noise. Not to worry, though, because the XD Astina will not interrupt conversations for long. You can conceal the minor noise using the hatch’s nine-speaker audio and connect your phone to play your music playlists or listen to Web-based tunes.

Design

The 2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina has well-sculpted curves that make it one of the best in class. Its sweptback headlights turn into a flared bonnet that rolls up to the rounded roof. This will give a sporty effect. In addition, the interior look can compete with other models on the market today. The XD Astina presents attention to detail, in which the panels align, the seven-inch screen display shows multimedia features and a rotary controller between seats, and uses classy cabin materials.

The Mazda 3 is known for its comfortable interior. The suede and leather front seats are supportive and deeply winged. The driver’s seat is adjustable using power assistance. The steering wheel can be adjusted, too, for the rake and reach. There is also decent-sized left footrest for added comfort.

Despite its steep price tag, Mazda had this model equipped with high-tech features. These include the fuel-saving iStop, idle-stop system, as well as the i-Eloop regenerative braking. There is also the blind spot monitoring, high beam control, the Mazda radar cruise control, the lane departure warning, smart brake support, smart city brake support, and the forward obstruction warning.

Performance

Whether the SP or XD, the 2015 Mazda 3 Astina has omitted the racer body kits usually found on models like the Ford Focus ST. It is its more restrained design that allows it to travel from points A to B efficiently without disturbing your neighbors or smoking the tires.

Warranty

The 2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina offers a three-year warranty, which is an industry average. The service intervals, however, have become 12 months or every 10,000 kilometers. It means that when you log 20,000 kilometers on the Astina within a year, the capped servicing cost will reach $2,064. Driving it up to 10,000 kilometers in a year will cost you $1,025, and is enough to cover the first three visits.

Verdict

The 2015 Mazda 3 XD Astina appears to be a classy compact car. It may have a steep price tag, but the car maker assured that the high-tech gears will make up for the cost. You will even be more impressed once you have loaded it up with people and luggage.

The XD has ample engine power to accelerate even when fully-loaded. You can add $2,000 to avail the six-speed automatic transmission for a more efficient drive. When you count up the pros and cons, you will see that the XD emerges as the car that you would really want. The XD, overall, is well-equipped, comfortable, and sporty.

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