The updated 2018 Mazda3 has arrived in dealerships.
The updated 2018 Mazda3 has arrived in dealerships. Photography by Mitchell Oke

Popular Mazda3 gets new equipment for 2018

HUNTING for a new Mazda3 small car? This month's new models gain extra equipment at no cost.

Upgraded Mazda3s are arriving in dealerships, with the base model Neo Sport gaining the most kit.

Still priced from $21,490 drive-away with a manual transmission, the automatic is $2000 more, Neo Sport (no longer called just a Neo) gets an upgraded entertainment system with multifunction command controller and digital radio, plus a rear camera and six speaker stereo - up from four.

Maxx Sport (which also receives the extra athletic moniker) grades gain automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic on/off function for headlamps, dual-zone climate control and an electric parking brake.

The Touring variant gains advanced keyless entry which then allows the vehicle to be started by a push-button.

All Mazda3 models have Smart City Brake Support-Forward that can warn the and brake automatically if needed at speeds between 4-30km/h, while Mazda3 Maxx Sport and all grades above get the same system also while reversing, as well as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The Mazda3 got off to a stunning start to the year in January, accounting for 20% of the small car market ahead of the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato. Last year Mazda sold more than 32,000 '3s across the nation.

Sitting in fourth place in 2017's top selling models, the Mazda3 finished behind the Toyota HiLux (47,093), Ford Ranger (42,728) and Toyota Corolla (37,353).

The updated 2018 Mazda3 has arrived in dealerships.
The updated 2018 Mazda3 has arrived in dealerships. Photography by Mitchell Oke

Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said the update will add further value to what is already one of Australia's most loved cars.

"The Mazda3 is one of our best performing cars; it's unmatched combination of styling, handling and performance has helped establish its position as a go-to,” said Mr Bhindi.

"By improving and adding features as standard across the range, the Mazda3 becomes an even more appealing and desirable package for our customers.”

Neo Sport, Maxx Sport and Touring grades feature the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while the more powerful 2.5 litre four-cylinder donks come standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants.

Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and in eight colours, including soul red, grey, silver, blue, titanium, white pearl, black and deep crystal blue.

National drive-away price for sedan and hatch

Neo Sport (m) $21,490

Neo Sport (a) $23,490

Maxx Sport (m) $23,490

Maxx Sport (a) $25,490

Touring (m) $25,490

Touring (a) $27,490

SP25 (m) $25,990

SP25 (a) $27,990

SP25 GT (m) $29,990

SP25 GT (a) $31,990

SP25 Astina (m) $33,490

SP25 Astina (a) $35,490