2020 Mazda3 G25 Astina Review | Asian Car Guide
March 5, 2021

2020 Mazda3 G25 Astina Review

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Those who demand more from their daily driver now have an answer. The Astina represents the top of the range Mazda3 available with sunroof and adaptive LED headlights, while inside it’s the only model to feature attractive burgundy leather seats and trim.

Standard features on the Astina also active cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 12-speaker Bose audio and a glass sunroof.

Our test car, the G25 Astina, is a quality looking hatch packed with equipment and refinement for any style of urban driving.

For the hatch range it starts at $37,590 (manual) plus on-road cost and $38,590 (auto) plus on-road cost.

What should I be excited about?

Only a few words are needed to describe the new Mazda3 G25 Astina hatch: Exceptional quality, premium-feel and pleasing on the eyes.

Let’s start with how it looks. The hatch is elegantly styled, with flowing lines and sculptural shapes. Overall Mazda rarely gets their designs wrong and the Mazda3 is no different with its ability to be pleasant on the eyes.

The front-end has been sharpened thanks to sleek adaptive LED headlights and a grille that’s familiar from the facelifted Mazda6.

Moving inside the car and you’re immediately struck by a high sense of overall premium fit and finish.

The cabin is well-appointed, packing ample equipment such as a digital 7.0-inch TFT display that takes care of trip computer functionality, a new 8.0-inch infotainment display controlled via a rotary knob-style commander control, and a head-up display which Mazda calls an ‘Active Driving Display’.

This particular top-spec Astina trim also gets extra goodies such as a 12-speaker Bose sound system, gear shift pedals on the steering wheel and the aforementioned factory-fitted full leather burgundy upholstery.

Build quality is also top-notch. Stitching and seams are crisp, and the overall design of the cabin certainly has an air of elevated quality for a Japanese car. It feels much more premium than its price point would suggest.

How does it feel on the road?

On the road there is an overall sense of maturity and premium road composure to the new Mazda3. The well-sorted suspension definitely plays a big role in this.

The car manages to soak up bumps in the road with no fuss at all, while still exhibiting a level of ride neutrality and quietness usually associated with more expensive cars.

The Mazda3 hatch also handles itself well around corners. The steering is accurate and the chassis is tight and well-balanced.

Mazda has also packed the car with the full i-Activsense suite of safety and driver assistance systems (the most you can get in any Mazda right now).

This Astina spec model gets everything:

  • Front Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • 360-degree reverse-view Camera
  • Lane-keep Assist System
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Driver Monitoring

The tech and feature list goes on and all these features can be activated via the push of one button.

Of note is the Mazda Radar Cruise Control, a feature you would not find on any other cars in this class. It allows the driver to set a maximum cruise speed and following distance, and the car will automatically keep that fixed distance with the car in front of you.

This is especially useful for extended highway driving, though you still need to be alert because the system cuts off when you drop below 30km/h.

The Mazda3 G25 is powered by a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engine producing only 139kW of power at 6,000rpm and 252Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.

The drivetrain is mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel
and a selectable sport mode.

The sport mode does little for response in regular city driving.

If you drive in a relaxed manner, the engine is refined and usable enough with a light throttle. However, put your foot right to the floor and you are greeted with very little.

The car feels rather hefty at close to 1,400kg, and the lack of power from the engine makes this even more apparent.

The steering is on the heavy side – great for high-speed stability, but at low speeds, it can be a little tiring, especially when you need to go from lock to lock when driving in a multi-story car park.

The brakes also lack bite in the initial travel, so you’ll want to use the stop pedal a little more enthusiastically. We also think the car could do with one extra gear. Equipped with a six-speed automatic, the Mazda3 sits at 2,000rpm when cruising at 90km/h.

Does it succeed as an overall package?

The new Mazda3 G25 Astina hatch definitely feels premium and with a high-quality build. In our opinion this makes it interchangeable with some of the entry German models without too much difference.

For a car that starts from $37,590 plus on road costs, that’s one hell of a deal.

Yes, the car has some issues in its lack of pace, but the entirety of the package still delivers plenty to delight customers.

With its combination of stylish design, ample equipment, cabin quality and ride comfort and on-road refinement, the Mazda3 G25 Astina delivers plenty of bang for your buck.

For many customers the new model is at the very least worth a test drive at the Mazda dealership.

A bonus is that all Mazda vehicles now offer a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with service intervals occurring every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

For the Mazda3 G25 Astina over a five-year period, it will cost $1,692. That is five services, at an average of $338 per service every 12 months or 10,000km.

For peace of mind the Mazda3 maintains its five-star occupant safety rating from ANCAP.

What does it cost? 2020 Mazda3 G25 Astina hatch. Price: $37,590 (manual) /$38.590 (auto) (plus on-road costs)

  • Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder Front Wheel Drive
  • Power: 139kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 252Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic /6-speed man
  • Fuel: 6.6L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 51 litres
  • Kerb Weight: 1,380kg
  • CO2: 154 g/km