Mazda3 Astina Hatch 2020 Radio Review

2019 Mazda 3 Astina 11 side

Over the years Mazda3 has been a solid pillar of the Mazda success in Australia, right from the late 70’s through to now. Rob Fraser takes the latest ‘3’ for a drive

Mazda has been a part of Australian families for over 40 years. My sister included who had an early model 323 and drove it for nearly 500,000 kilometres without a problem.

The latest ‘3’  is a long way from that early version. The current model is a sleek design in both sedan and hatch versions and has levels of comfort, ride and handling that are amongst the best in class.

Mazda interiors have always been sophisticated, competing with the best. The latest ‘3’ is no exception. It is a comfortable, quiet place for occupants and cocoons the driver.

One exceptionally important new feature is that Mazda owner’s manual is a function of the car. Something I have been asking about for years.

With a choice of two engines and transmissions and priced from just under $25,000 through to just under $38,000 the Mazda ‘3’ shines in a still important segment.

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minutes have an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. Motoring Minutes are also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 430,000. 

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.