Buying a New Mazda? 2019 Mazda3 Astina Hatch Review

Mazda3 Astina Hatch

Buying A New Car – Here’s my Review on the 2019 Mazda3 Astina Hatch

So rather than just power, torque and other technical terms, I’m providing information that a typical new car buyer is looking for. Hi, I’m Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, bringing you up to date opinions on a wide range of cars available for sale in Australia. The lovely people at Mazda Australia invited me to test and review the recently released 2019 Mazda3 Astina.

So, my initial reaction to the style of the new Mazda3 Hatch wasn’t great. I’m not a fan of its design, preferring the sedan version that I drove recently.

But once you’re inside, in the driver’s seat, all opinions change. This is a beautiful car to drive – smooth on the road, very good handling and well equipped from start to finish

Mazda3 Astina Hatch

If you can get over the exterior design, it’s a fabulous car.

What is it? Mazda3 Astina Hatch is the top of the range small car from Mazda. Larger than the Mazda2 by quite a bit but smaller than the Mazda6 by a substantial margin. If you’ve considered an SUV, say the Mazda CX-5, and you don’t really need the height, Mazda3 will do pretty much the same job.

How Much? This Mazda3 Astina Hatch retails for $41,499 drive away in Queensland. And that’s a pretty good price for a fully loaded luxury hatch.

Competitors? According to the comparison I use, there’s still a lot of small hatches to consider. Ford Focus, Holden Astra, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, Renault Megane, Skoda Rapid, as well as Toyota Corolla and lastly Volkswagen Golf.

At the Front

Engine type 2.5 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT petrol engine with i-stop and cylinder deactivation

Maximum power 139kW @ 6,000 rpm

Maximum torque 252Nm @ 4,000 rpm

Transmission type 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive (automatic)


Mazda3 Astina 2.5 Litre Engine
The 2.5 Litre engine produces 139Kw of power
  • Daytime running lamps LED
  • Headlamps Adaptive LED (ALH) with auto on/off function

Down The Side

From a safety and technology inclusion viewpoint, the Mazda3 Astina is very well equipped. Apart from the usual safety technology, here’s a list of features that you may not be expecting.

Mazda3 Astina

360 Degree View Monitor Standard

7 SRS Airbags Front (Driver & passenger); Side (front); Curtain (Front & rear); Knee (driver)

Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Standard

Driver Attention Alert (DAA) Standard

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Standard

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Standard

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Standard

Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) Standard

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) Standard

Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) Standard

Hill Launch Assist (HLA) Standard

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) Standard

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Standard

Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Standard

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) Forward (with pedestrian & cycle detection) & reverse

Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Standard

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Standard

At The Back

Towing Capacity

So you’re not ever going to tow a large boat or caravan with the Mazda3, but you can certainly pull a smallish box trailer or camper trailer.

Braked capacity is 1,200kg with an 80kg tow-ball download maximum, whilst un-braked, that drops by half to 600kg.

Luggage space is quite large even when the rear seats are in use (295 litres).

You can split the rear seat 60/40 and carry 1 or 2 passengers when the seat is folded. With both seats down the stowage capacity increases significantly – enough to get those larger items from Ikea or Bunnings.

  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning System

ANCAP Safety Rating for Mazda3 Astina


Mazda3 ANCAP

As I’ve outlined previously, manufacturers don’t HAVE to submit their cars for testing. But it sure helps when you have a good rating.  Car buyers are prone to buy vehicles with higher safety ratings than lower. Of course, there are exceptions. Ford Mustang continues to sell well even though the car only achieved a 3-star rating. And upper luxury and performance vehicles aren’t tested at all.

Do you really think that Ferrari would allow a $500k car to be driven into a wall?

ANCAP also uses the NCAP ratings. These are the results obtained from testing in Europe. The testing procedure aligns with our own. A 5-star ANCAP rating can also be a 5-Star NCAP rating and so on.

Another interesting example of testing regimes that should be considered is the US program – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHTSA

There’s no compulsion to test in the US – and manufacturers don’t rely on a star rating system as we have here.

Example: In 2018, new JK Jeep Wrangler was tested in Europe and returned a 1-star rating. NCAP was scathing on the lack of safety and potential for serious injury. Wrangler is one of the best-selling 4WD’s on the American market yet it’s still not been crash-tested in the US

Example: Volkswagen introduced Amarok to the Australian market in 2011. ANCAP tested it and in 2011 Amarok was given a 5-star rating based on the test criteria in 2011.

Eight years on, Volkswagen hasn’t offered another vehicle for testing and arguably the product that they sell in 2019 doesn’t meet current crash test criteria. In my opinion, if Amarok was tested today, it would only receive 3 stars.

Is that good enough for our community?

However, there’s good news for the Mazda3 Astina. Not only did it achieve 5 stars in 2019, but it would still achieve 5-stars based on the technology required for that level in 2020.

If you’d like to explore the current ANCAP report on Mazda3 in full, click on the link. ANCAP – MAZDA3

Passenger and Driver’s Seat

Mazda3 AstinaThe infotainment screen is surprisingly small – Mazda claims a 7-in TFT LCD screen.

The driver’s seat is as comfortable as you’ll find anywhere and I include ‘luxury’ European brands in that comparison. I’m driving a M/Benz CLA 45 presently and the Mazda3 Astina is definitely right up there for driver (and passenger) comfort

There’s plenty of room for adults in the back seat, although I don’t want to be the person who gets the middle.



 Green Vehicle Guide

The Australian market hasn’t moved to the Worldwide Harmonized Test Procedure for fuel economy. We’re dragging our heels in Australia, with indications that we may see it in 2020 or 2021.

Green Vehicle Guide Mazda3

In the meantime, we need to rely on the laboratory results and with this and Mazda3 Astina still shines. Scroll down to the last line on the image above to review the information

With a highway return of 5.4 litres per 100klm, city driving at 8.6 litres per 100klm and a combined result of 6.6 litres per 100klm, this powerful little hatch is quite economical.

Finance  – Mazda3 Astina Hatch*

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Cash Price                                        $41,499

Term                                                 60 months

Monthly Payments                        $623.85

Balloon                                             $12,450

Rate Quoted                                    6.0%

Please refer to the disclaimer at the end of the article.

Insurance – Mazda3 Astina Hatch

I use RACQ Insurance to give you a guide as to what you’ll pay for your annual comprehensive car insurance. Conditions for this cover are:

  • A male driver over 60 years of age, having held a license for over 10 years
  • Bronze member of RACQ with 1 other insurance policies
  • Has paid cash for the car. The car is parked in a driveway overnight.
  • The driver resides in postcode 4017
  • The car is fitted with an engine immobilizer
  • No at-fault claim in the last 3 years, with no license suspensions
  • Rating 1 currently, having held that rating 1 for 10 years or more
  • No driver under 25 will use the vehicle.

The premium quoted online by RACQ Insurance for Private Use – $456.90 with a $750 excess. Variations from the information above may result in different outcomes. Check online with RACQ Insurance for your own particular quote. (Effective October 23rd 2019)

Mazda3 Astina Service Costs and Warranty

All Mazda vehicles come with a 5-year unlimited-kilometre warranty. Base scheduled maintenance is due every 10,000 km but no longer than 12 months. For the first 5 services or 50,000 kilometres, you should expect to pay $1586 or an average of $317.20 per service. Given the low prices for genuine Mazda service, I think you should return your Mazda3 to the dealer for routine services. Not only will you be sure to keep all software up to date (aftermarket workshops can’t do that presently) but having your service manual stamped by a Mazda dealer will give you a much higher resale value. Private buyers LOVE a dealer log book.

One of the other ‘whole of life’ aspects of the Mazda range is the benefit of a non-turbo engine. Fuel recommended by Mazda is 91 Unleaded or E10. No need to pay the extra that premium unleaded costs unless you choose to do so.

There are some other items that need to be serviced or replaced in this time and they are:

  • Replace brake fluid (every 40k or 2 years)
    The Brake Fluid provides hydraulic pressure for the vehicles braking system. Periodic replacement of the vehicle’s Brake Fluid is required as contaminants such as moisture can reduce the overall efficiency of the braking system. This helps to maintain the efficiency of the vehicles braking system, ensuring the safe and reliable operation of your vehicle. – $67
    Replace cabin air filter (every 40k)
    The Cabin Air Filter ensures only clean air is drawn into the Cabin of the vehicle. Periodic replacement of the passenger Cabin Air Filter is required due to the build-up of dust and dirt within the filter element. This ensures the comfort of passengers with only clean fresh/filtered air entering the cabin. – $91

Be careful when you take your vehicle in for service. Some new car dealers will try to upsell items such as Power Steering, Air Conditioning and Fuel Injector service. To avoid unnecessary spend, simply ask the dealer to advise whether this is a Mazda recommended service as are the brake fluid and cabin air filter. If not, then just say no!

As far as roadside assistance is concerned, Mazda provides Premium Roadside Assistance on all new Mazda vehicles.  If you’d like to know ALL the aspects of Mazda’s roadside support – click this link to go to the Mazda Website 

My Opinion 

Look, I really like the Mazda3 range. I’m not partial to a hatch, but this model in the sedan would certainly get me interested. Mazda has a wonderful reputation for reliability, great safety technology and probably the best resale value. You could very well see a Mazda3 in my driveway

Where to Buy – Dealers

My test vehicle was supplied by Mazda Australia. No financial incentives were paid to me by Mazda for this review. If you’re in the market to buy a new Mazda, pick your dealer carefully. When I want to check out the ‘worthiness’ of a dealer, I Google ‘Mazda Dealers Brisbane where the city is the one that you live in or around and the brand is that particular one you’re interested in. I only list dealers who have achieved a minimum of 15 reviews with Google and then only those with 4 stars or higher.

Of all the manufacturer reviews that I’ve done over the last few years, Mazda and it’s dealers have the highest Google rankings I’ve encountered. They must be doing something right!

From a South East Queensland perspective here are the dealers I’d visit:

Northside                Grand Prix Aspley                             4.4 Stars from 448 Reviews

Southside                Mt Gravatt Mazda                             4.7 Stars from 1173 Reviews

Eastside                  Redlands Mazda                                4.5 Stars from 178 Reviews

Westside                 Westpoint Isuzu Ute                        4.3 Stars from 128 Reviews

Gold Coast              Robina Mazda                                   4.1 Stars from 168 Reviews

Sunshine Coast       Sunshine Coast Mazda                   4.2 Stars from 140 Reviews

(Google Stars and review numbers effective 12th October 2019)


  • Smooth power delivery and economical
  • Lots of interior space
  • Great Safety Technology


  • Only the rear end design, but that’s my opinion

So, in conclusion – Mazda3 Astina is one of the best small cars I’ve driven. Better than the VW, Ford, Holden, Toyota and Honda alternatives (and the others) I’ve driven this year. If you’re in the market to buy a luxurious small car, give me a call on 0418 748 498 to discuss. My affiliated company, Car Business, can assist you to save your hard-earned money, and it’s a simple process. Call now 0418 748 498

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The provided quote should be used as an indication only and does not represent either approval or pre-qualifications for a loan.

The quoted payments apply for the example given and in this instance do not include fees and charges, as different terms, fees or other loan amounts may result in different outcomes between financiers.

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