2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback 1.5 Review | Owner’s Perspective

Review of the 2019/2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 1.5 M Hybrid with the owner, who talks us through his opinions of the car.

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hey what’s up guys Syed here and today i am in the 2019/2020 mazda 3 1.5

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astina hatchback okay and the owner uh
kelvin is right beside me

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in singapore right you can get the mazda
3 in like two variants the sedan and the

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hatchback and in those you can get two like sub

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variants as well which is the
elegance and the astina so the astina is

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like the higher end variant you get a
few nicer stuff like LEDs if i’m correct

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and the BOSE sound system which
this car has okay because we are in the

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astina today and um i think
uh this is one of the best looking cars

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in the segment and the interior right
it’s lovely we’re going to take a look

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more at the interior later on this is
like a

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full-on i can say continental car
interior i’m not joking okay it’s really

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fantastic. some specs for this car this has a 1.5

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liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated
engine

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and it has about 120 horsepower 153
newton meters of torque

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on paper right the specs to be honest
not that impressive

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okay the numbers are not that impressive 0
to 100 also about 12.1 seconds

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uh this car is also front wheel drive
comes with a six-speed skyactiv

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automatic transmission so skyactiv is
basically like mazda’s own iteration of

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the transmission according to them it

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combines the best aspects of like a cvt a dual clutch transmission

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and a regular torque converter automatic

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okay so according to mazda it has all the benefits of those three

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transmissions combined into one

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okay so this car is also a mild hybrid
or m hybrid so it’s not a

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full hybrid system what it does is
basically when you break or decelerate

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it recovers energy

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okay so kelvin first question why did
you choose this mazda 3 hatchback and

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why in this variant okay i think why mazda

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first probably yeah uh because my family members in

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fact they all drive Mazdas but i was
the only guy not driving a mazda

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previously there were two mazda 6
i think four up to four actually if you

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consider my family
okay so the only thing i realized was

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when i borrowed their car
after even eight years on the new

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skyactiv i think was a 2012 2013 model the
new sky activated the first generation

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the fuel efficiency and reliability was great um

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frankly the only issue was engine
mounting and i was very sold by the

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brand. engine mounting also wear and tear right? yeah there is there is nothing much to

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worry about and i think that was one of my
key considerations but

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reliability it’s it’s insane okay and
why the mazda 3 why not you know mazda 6

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or i think when this was just launched
when i bought it the mazda 6 was more

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cheaper it was a little bit more
affordable than this but like i said

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when i went for that when i went to the showroom i was like

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no way i’m gonna buy a mazda 3 i see
a ton of it on the road

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but when i had the test drive i sat in it

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oh my god the bells and the whistles
like like what Syed mentioned

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the Bose the red leather interior i was
sold

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i really it took about 15 minutes test
drive and then you immediately put down deposit

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okay wow the power of test drives right
okay and why uh why the hatchback why

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not the sedan? i think
maybe because the hatchback looks a bit

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better yeah for looks yeah i’m all for
looks

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so uh yeah i went straight for you know
i told the guy hey show me the hatchback

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and i want to see if you can test drive
it

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yeah i’ve owned this car for like one
year

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so i think july will mark the first year
this is my one year of owning this

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vehicle okay so how has the ownership
experience been like any reliability

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issues whatsoever?
i think this being a new generation i

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don’t know the forth for the fifth gen
uh there are a couple of recall programs

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for for this vehicle okay like what what
exactly was recalled?

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uh i think it was just something of the
ecu something about smart braking

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abrupt braking because there’s some
safety features in this car

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but did it really affect me? no and
reliability-wise your car was not

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recalled? it was it was recalled yeah but i didn’t

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feel much of a difference before and after the recall yeah

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okay and how long was your car like away
in the workshop?

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it was just like standard servicing
couple of hours oh okay oh that’s

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nothing yeah okay it’s okay but just

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first impressions right yeah exterior
interior fantastic

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the drive also it’s quite smooth there’s
not much wind noise

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maybe just a bit of road noise the
steering is also more on the heavier

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side i have to say it’s not super light correct it’s a bit

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more on the heavier side i think
contributes to a sporty feel and

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okay let me just try to see whether you
get any cheap plastics around i

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the parts that you can’t see yeah yeah
it’s all the

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non-important parts a lot to me yeah
those

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you don’t really see like everything
else right the steering wheel even the

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buttons on the steering wheel is like
metal and it’s just leather

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leather everywhere metal it’s yeah the
interior is fantastic i don’t know how

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many times i i’ve seen this but yeah very good um

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instrument cluster is also uh it’s quite
it’s very clear

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and are there like what kind of features
do you get in this car uh

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safety features the only time okay so
this thing is a little bit more

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sensitive in a sense that if if you
really drive close to people

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this car is going to stop you from that
uh when i first just

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just got this car i remember almost
causing many accidents because i used to

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drive very closely
okay and if this car you get too close

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to a car it will just hard slam the brake you would just really

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brake it stop it was stop hard okay yeah
and uh what about like uh 360 cameras oh

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my god have you seen the view on 360 camera ? my

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friend was telling me he’s never seen a
camera that clear before let me just

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let me just stop at a bus stop real
quick i just want to take a quick look

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i have not relied on my side mirrors for
a long time because of the 360 camera

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and i’m not you know over exaggerating oh this

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this is really clear this is insane isn’t it yeah 360 camera

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yeah oh this is fantastic man
so the only time i saw 360 was on the uk

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and i saw that technology i was like
what on earth is that and i didn’t know

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when i came to singapore and i was
choosing a car i would see it first

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oh it comes with android auto and apple
carplay correct that that is

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that is correct okay all right and uh
other

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safety features maybe like a lane i think
this is like lane departure

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warning correct so i don’t know if it
will work here but if you’re going to

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be there’s going to be an occasion if your

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hands are not on the steering wheel and
you drift off the lane the car will kind

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of correct you back into the lane
yeah well yeah speaking of which uh

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first off what’s your fuel consumption
like with this car

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okay uh when i first got the car it was
on 18 inch rims already i swapped it out

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to another 18. so frankly there’s no
difference i haven’t reset the

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fuel consumption since i got it okay if
i do the calculation from a full tank

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pump i’m getting about 14
kilometers per litre yeah 14 oh that’s 14

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to 15. and
there there is variance like the classic

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variant for sedan on 16 inch rims and i think you can

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easily get 16 17km/litre. um yeah okay so 14 and this car has a 51

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liter fuel tank. 51 litres that’s accurate yeah so you can do

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the maths there
calculate how much you’re gonna get

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what do you like about this car oh
like i said i’m a huge fan of bells and

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whistles when i see a car
i don’t know man you talk about the

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complete uh what the car offers
uh safety features aside i think that’s

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fairly common these days
but when you you get a japanese car

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today we have a bose speaker

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again with the red leather interior
comfy seats

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i don’t know it’s hard to say no and the
lights i don’t know if you’ve seen them

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before they look wicked man
the front and the back they look so good

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yeah yeah it really stands out
i think really stands out okay so i mean

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just to sum up it’s more like the
features

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the interior yeah this interior is i can
safely say that

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out of all the japanese cars, Mazda has the nicest interior

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and this is like a like a testament to
that because

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this is you need to you need to take a
look it’s really really

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very nice interior very nice interior
reminds me a bit of an audi even like

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the steering wheel yeah you know just everything else okay

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so uh what do you
dislike about this car again

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the only downside if you ask me is that
when you read it on paper you see 120

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horsepower 1.5 NA engine you immediately think this thing

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is probably a tortoise no doubt no doubt but this thing came

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with it so that’s why i believe this
like

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if if mazda actually went up with a
turbo variant which is kind of

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i think it’s coming out oh man i don’t
know whether

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singapore is going to get it but i think
we will correct yeah maybe we will

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hopefully we will but
it’s going to be a i think it’s going to

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sell really really well if they can
maintain that kind of price

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correct yeah but this thing is already
listing at the astina variant

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close to back then when i referred to it
was 122 grand

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when they first launched yeah so i’m
assuming the turbo variant is going to

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be crazy
but what would the turbo variant do i

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mean it would sell like hot cakes man
it’s gonna be the complete package so

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that’s what i kind of dislike the engine
could be better

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other than the engine any anything else
you dislike about the car no

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this this is a very easily likeable car
if if you’re in for the looks

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exterior interior yeah it’s very
well rounded in and out

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yeah i agree with you man

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okay let’s say somebody is looking to
get a mazda 3

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like do you have any tips yeah tips or
comments or anything u wanna share?

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really the paper throw it aside go for a
test drive

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if you’re still not happy by then then
probably this isn’t the car for you if

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you’re looking for a pointing to point b
car frankly this really isn’t a car for

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you
but if you’re you’re in for ownership of

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many years and putting a smile every
time you drive

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this this is so much value you know for
the for the amount you’re paying for it

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trust me
test drive and you’ll know it and i want

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to point out that most of the time you
are inside the car right yeah so i think

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interior to some people is very
important yeah

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and if you are spending all time in this
car yeah you’re gonna

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you’re gonna love it this black on red
red

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it’s really fantastic i really like it

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i think uh a lot of people will be
curious about the power because on paper

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this car doesn’t seem like
it has alot of power. what are your thoughts on that? um i

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have read on many forums i don’t know i
sound like

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i was crazy right you know people are
saying hey this car is 1.5 you’re not

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going to be able to overtake cars i
agree with you i

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um i don’t know if everybody’s driving
you know super fast cars but i have

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never had problems overtaking anybody
i think singaporean drivers are fairly

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courteous in in you know certain areas
first time

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um singaporean drivers you know just
signal and you should be able to

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overtake
unless really you buy a car to race off

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traffic lights to be the first
this is not the car this is not the car

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but this car overtakes just fine
like i was telling syed um i did drive

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up north before to malacca
and i was holding up speeds and you know

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i think it was fine i wasn’t struggling
uh to hold up to speeds yeah okay when

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he says uh hold up to speeds is uh you
know

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not not crazy speeds like 200 yeah but
relatively quick okay

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okay so i’m gonna be driving a bit
quickly to see what the performance is

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like you don’t get the feeling that it’s
slow either

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i i don’t yeah if i make sense
you press on an accelerator you feel

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like you’re still
moving and you know this has the i don’t

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know what you call it
g something some vector

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thing which basically yeah yeah correct
so what it does is

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uh when you go into a corner right the
car will like reduce the torque so that

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the weight of the car is shifted to the
front

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and what happens is when the weight of
the car is shifted to the front

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there’s more pressure on the front
wheels and you will get more grip

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and when you are in the corner the car
will like uh

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it will add more torque to the engine so
that the the weight is shifted to the

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rear instead
then you get that kind of like rear

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wheel drive stability
rear wheel drive kind of feel and then

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when you’re exiting right
um it will apply some brake pressure to

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the outside wheels
so that you get that kind of like uh you

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know straight line exit
or something like that so that’s like a

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gvc i mean just to sum up you don’t feel
like

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this car is underpowered no especially
the sports modes and it’s holding the

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gears a little bit more sports
you really can yeah feel it but it gets

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a little bit loud i think that’s just
Mazdas generally

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okay so right now i’m in uh sports mode
just

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trying now

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oh if you change this is there a legal
uh exhaust for this right now

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uh no i haven’t i haven’t researched
because i’m probably not gonna do it

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yeah so yeah that’s the car in sports
mode and i’m not uh flooring it even

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um but i agree with what kelvin said
because i mean we are driving at normal

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roads right
and normal roads

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i don’t feel like the car is
underpowered i don’t know for other

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people but for me sometimes when i drive
slow cars i feel a bit

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frustrated because like come on man like
what the hell yeah but i don’t feel that

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with this car you know kelvin said he
drives in

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on the north south highway to
malacca

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and he has no problems keeping up with
his friends who are driving at you know

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faster speeds then you know that says a
lot about this car

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and i think for the trip in particular i
clocked about 12km/l

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yeah which i think is still fine
considering i was kind of you know

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pushing this yeah i’m kind of pushing
this could you see the heads-up display

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yeah i can see very clear so yeah
heads-up display also has a speed

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warning
so it will tell you what the speed limit

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of the road you are on
uh is and then it will display your

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speed beside it as well so
does it work is it accurate it is it is

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okay because some cars are driven it’s
really

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like it’s very clearly 60 but the car is
like 50 or

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something else right okay i think the
biggest

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uh selling point for me is the interior
right here

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yeah and and it’s so rounded inside out
yeah it’s

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yeah i sell i sound like i’m from mazda
but i’m really a huge fan of this car

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yeah
there’s little regret and also the

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infotainment right it looks
very slick and oh very responsive also

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right yeah it’s not your traditional
android

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user interface it’s very sleek very
sleek looking

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infotainment and it’s so responsive
just any you know final comments or

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final thoughts on this car?
could use a turbo could use it could use

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a turbo but otherwise yeah which is
coming soon

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and i’m a little bit upset about that
maybe mazda will you know

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offer yeah i messaged the guys at Mazda
uh

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you know how much are you guys going to
take in the trade did they confirm?

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no they didn’t actually i think what
they said was it feels like a little bit

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too big i think because it was announced
as 2.5

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turbo which frankly in singapore roads i
think is really a little bit massive

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especially if you’re buying a mazda for
everyday car other than the turbo thing

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anything else you wanna
oh what’s the space like in the back is

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it i think it has been
said to be very small um i’m not a very

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big guy either and i’m always in the
front

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okay so when i bought this car i
couldn’t care less who’s going to be at

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the back frankly it’s just me and my
wife

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my puppies probably my dogs the space is
small no doubt you’re gonna compare to

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the civic something else it’s probably gonna lose

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at the back but the red leather seats

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yeah and the back is a bit okay the
rear windows are a bit small blind spot

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is a thing i think
because i had friends who drove this

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car and said oh my god the blind spots
on this car

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oh the C pillars at the back yeah but
oh that’s massive man i just noticed

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yeah i can’t see yeah you can’t see out
of it

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it’s massive the C pillars but at
least you have the 360 camera

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and you can toggle it but in drive mode
actually so sometimes when i don’t know

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if a motorist is over there i’ll just turn on my 360 and okay he’s

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there he’s not there and if i actually
veer out

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they will tell me there’s a blind spot
check you know don’t go oh there’s a

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blind spot
yeah there’s a guy somebody else not not

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too bad
right yeah yeah yeah thanks so much

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kevin for you know sharing your thoughts
on this car yeah for me

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uh you know just conclusion like i’ve
said so many times really

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exterior fantastic interior even more
fantastic i like the interior one and

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the exterior but i’m very honest
because this is yeah i think this is

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gonna hold up really well this is really
like continental car

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interior performance wise yeah i mean
this is if you want a fast car this is

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probably not the car for you but i think
for the average driver this is

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perfectly adequate for singapore roads
it’s adequate

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yeah and fuel consumption i mean like
Kelvin said uh

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14 right yeah 14 kilometers per liter
okay like not too bad for i mean this is a small car yeah yeah and it’s not you’re not supposed to

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drive it that fast anyway yeah not too bad uh

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practicality
a bit small in the back pricing wise

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what do you think
a bit more expensive it’s really more

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expensive than its rivals or similar
japanese c-segment cars

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you can get a 1.5 and actually 79 80 plus
from other manufacturers probably not

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the same bells and whistles
so if you really want to point a to

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point b no frills you don’t care
about how it looks

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not the car for you man but i think it
frankly if you ask me

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it’s priced a little bit wrongly i
really think it’s a little bit

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expensive expensive you you really can
top up just a little bit more you could

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be driving home at a180 a200
this was also my one of my main

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struggles when i was choosing the cars

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well uh just our curiosity why didn’t
you uh top up a bit more and go for a

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conti instead i used to drive conti

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okay i had which one was it uh one
series oh one series 116?

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120 of course being an old
second-hand bmw

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uh i didn’t believe in the BMW reliability
yeah i mean i was like you know what i’m

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going to service it properly i’m going
to do what i can

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and how was the experience it was
terrible?

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yeah man i had big tanks of engine oil
in my boot oh uh oil leak is it oil leak

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was crazy okay let’s not go there i
guess so that’s not reliable

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it was a big thing for me uh but i think
it’s a it’s a looker

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okay and it’s two two seat two doors
suppose i was looking for a four-door

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something reliable as well okay yeah so
thanks so much Kelvin for sharing with

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us your thoughts on your car
thanks guys for watching hope you

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enjoyed this owner’s review of the mazda
3

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