New Mazda 3 goes on sale in South Africa – features and pricing

 ·15 Aug 2023

The facelifted Mazda 3 is now on sale across South Africa, offering three variants and two trim levels with a starting price of R447,500

The Mazda 3 is the brand’s top-selling model, and the recent facelift adds more advanced technology and styling options – everything from the leather-clad multi-function steering wheel, and windshield Heads Up Display to a new exterior colour and interior design concept.

New features

According to Mazda, the new facelifted version now offers a Ceramic White exterior colour option, in addition to the existing colours of Arctic White, Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black, Machine Grey, Polymetal Grey, Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red Crystal, Platinum Quartz.

The Mazda 3 now offers Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay, USB Type-C connectivity, and wireless charging (Qi standard) that works on all modern smartphones.

Other standard features across the range include:

  • Heads-Up Display (HUD) – Windshield Display
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Auto Hold
  • 7-Inch TFT LCD Digital Meter
  • Trip Computer
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • i-Stop
  • Headlamps – Auto on/off
  • LED Headlamps
  • Auto Headlamp Levelling
  • Multi-function steering wheel with audio controls
  • Privacy glass (Rear side & back)
  • Rear centre seat armrest with cupholders
  • Parking sensors – Rear
  • Child restraint anchor points (ISOFIX)
  • Burglar Alarm System
  • Tilt & telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Height adjustable seat: Driver
  • Wireless Charging
  • Push start ignition
  • Power windows (One Touch): Driver & Passengers
  • Front rain-sensing wipers
  • Rear wiper with intermittent function
  • MZD Connect System
  • 8-Inch Display Screen
  • Cruise control
  • Auto fold mirrors
  • Reverse Camera
  • Seat-belt occupant sensing (Front)
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
  • USB Type-C
  • Commander Dial
  • Android Auto™ and Wireless Apple CarPlay®
  • USB connectivity ports – 2 Ports
  • Bluetooth® hands free system
  • Airbags SRS: Driver, Passenger, Knee, Side & Curtain
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Overhead sunglass storage box
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob
  • Power fold mirrors
  • Seat-belt warning: Front & Rear
  • High mount brake lamp
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
  • Auto door lock

The top-of-the-range Mazda3 2.0L Astina 6AT adds to the above with:

  • 18″ Alloy wheels (Grey Metallic)
  • Air-conditioning: Dual-zone climate control
  • Frameless Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Smart keyless entry
  • 12 Speaker sound system
  • Seat trim – Black Leather
  • Burgundy Red Leather (Optional)
  • 10-Way power adjustable seat: Driver
  • Lumbar support Power adjustable: Driver
  • Memory seat: Driver
  • Rear Combination Lamps (RCL)
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Integrated Navigation
  • Rear air vents
  • Auto paddle transmission switches
  • Sunroof – Power slide & tilt glass
  • BOSE® Sound system


The Mazda 3 is available with either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol powerplant, depending on the trim level.

The 1.5-litre engine produces 88kW and 153Nm comprising either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, achieving an average fuel consumption of 6.0l/100km.

The Astina model comes exclusively with a 2.0-litre engine paired with a six-speed automatic. This engine provides an output of 121kW and 213Nm, with a consumption rate of 6.3l/100km.


The South African pricing for the updated Mazda 3 range is as follows:

  • Mazda 3 hatch 1.5 Dynamic manual – R447,500
  • Mazda 3 hatch 1.5 Dynamic auto – R462,500
  • Mazda 3 hatch 2.0 Astina – R565,700

Each purchase comes with a 3-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and service plan.

2023 Mazda 3

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