While this may look like Driving Miss Daisie, this video of a Mazda3 going through its normal paces is exactly what the car is all about; family transport with a plenty of handling ability when called upon.

While it may not be the best exhibition of "zoom zoom", the video clip you see does bring to life Mazda's most important model, the recently launched Mazda3 hatchback. Scenes of traffic circles and the countryside dominate. Anyway, this is a family car; a more enthusiastic drive can be expected when the MPS version zooms in.

Mazda3 comes in several engines that include 109hp (80kW) 1.6-litre, 2.2-litre turbo diesel with 150hp (110kW) and 360Nm and a high power version of same engine good for 185hp (136kW) and 400Nm. It sports wheels sized from 15 to 17 inches, things like ABS, EBD and TCS for safety. Mazda also says vast improvements have been made to the handling of a car which already had a reputation for great handling.

Nice interior features will include 10-speaker Bose sound system as an option, Bluetooth, sports seats and a multi-information display system.


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