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Used Mazda 3 for Sale

Almost immediately after it was first launched in 2003, with vehicle sales commencing globally in 2004, there was a huge demand for Used Mazda 3 for Sale. Even here in South Africa, where the Mazda brand had been known for its smaller cost saving cars, the Mazda 3 took off with a massive sales spike. The demand for both new and Used Mazda 3 has continued through 3-generations of vehicles, and in 2014 it became Mazda’s fastest selling vehicle.

Pre-owned Mazda 3 from 3 Generations

When searching for Pre-owned Mazda 3 for Sale in South Africa you’re probably going to be spoilt for choice thanks to the fact that you have 3 Mazda 3 Generations to choose from. Some of the most popular year models include 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 models from the current generation. However there is also a big demand for second generation vehicles, specifically the 2012,2011 and 2010 models.

Third Generation Mazda 3
2013 – Current

The current Mazda 3 was unveiled in 2013 as a 2014 Mazda 3 Sales Model. It is the third vehicle in the Mazda range, the other two being the CX-5 and the Mazda 6, to be designed using the ‘KODO: Soul of Motion’ design language.

Mazda 3 Sedan and Mazda 3 Hatchback Trim Levels and Model Variants include all of the following:

  • 1.6 Original
  • 1.6 Active
  • 1.6 Dynamic
  • 1.6 Dynamic Auto
  • 2.0 Individual
  • 2.0 Individual Auto
  • 2.0 Astina Auto
  • 2.0 Astina Plus Auto

The current Mazda 3 sold in South Africa received a facelift and update in 2016. Changes included a new dashboard layout and new front and rear exterior stylings.

Did You Know? Unlike previous Mazda 3 vehicle generations this Third Generation Mazda 3 is built on its own Skyactiv chassis. This means that it no longer shares its Ford C1 platform with any other vehicle brand.

Third Generation Mazda 3 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L Petrol
  • 2.0 L Petrol

Transmission

  • 6-speed SkyActiv-MT manual
  • 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Wheelbase

  • 2,700 mm

Length

  • 4,460 mm (Hatchback)
  • 4,580 mm (Sedan)

Height

  • 1,455 mm

Second Generation Mazda 3
2009 – 2013

Collaboration between Mazda, Ford and Volvo resulted in the design and launch of the Second Generation Mazda 3 in 2009, although it was officially revealed a year earlier in 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Although this generation of Mazda 3 was discontinued in 2013, all 2012 and 2013 models are very similar to the latest generation of Mazda 3 thanks to a 2012 update. This included the introduction of the now famous SkyActiv powertrain which has proven to be so reliable in South African driving conditions.

Did You Know? This version of the Mazda3 is larger than the previous generation, although it is still classified as a Compact Car. This generation of Mazda 3 was one of the biggest selling of all time, and played a major part in establishing the Mazda 3 as the brands global top seller in 2014.

Second Generation Mazda 3 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L Petrol
  • 2.0 L Petrol
  • 2.0 L Diesel

Transmission

  • 5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Wheelbase

  • 2,640 mm

Length

  • 4,595 mm (Sedan)
  • 4,505 mm (Hatchback)

Height

  • 1,470 mm

First Generation Mazda 3
2003 – 2009

Originally called the Mazda Axela, the first Mazda 3 hit showroom floors late in 2003. It was immediately praised for its performance, handling, styling and comfort features and was compared favourably to many luxury saloons outside of its Compact Car Class.

Earlier Mazda 3 models received 4-star NCAP Safety Ratings, but this was upgraded in later models of this generation to 5-stars after the inclusion of 6-airbags as standard across the entire range. Since then all generations of Mazda 3 have performed favourably in safety tests around the globe.

Updates to the First Generation of Mazda 3 were made in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. This final update was the one that had the most visual impact, as it included the introduction of chrome door handles, a stylish new roof spoiler and offered new alloy-wheel options. Additionally the styling changes also included the expanded use of black moldings on the rear bumper.

Did You Know? In 2006 variable valve timing and variable-length intake runners were added to the 2.0 L Petrol Engine of the Mazda 3. This boosted the performance of the engine to an impressive 112 kW of power. It is believed that this engine upgrade was one of the reasons why South Africans started to purchase the Mazda 3 in such large numbers.

First Generation Mazda 3 at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L Petrol
  • 2.0 L Petrol
  • 2.0 L Diesel

Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback

Wheelbase

  • 2,639 mm

Length

  • 4,506 mm – 4,591 mm (model and year dependant)

Height

  • 1,500 mm

Used Mazda 3 FAQ’s

Q: Which version of the Mazda 3 is best?
A: The latest top of the range Used Mazda 3 2.0 Astina Plus with Automatic transmission has proven to be popular with all drivers, which in our books makes it the best. That said, the entire Mazda 3 range is great, so contact us today to book a test drive.

Q: Is the Mazda 3 Safe?
A: The Mazda 3 comes standard with driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags as well as ABS, EBD and EBA as standard across the entire current 3rd generation range, so yes it is VERY safe. Even older model Mazda 3 Hatchbacks and Sedans come with impressive safety features which makes them exceptionally desirable.

Used Mazda 3 Prices

Please contact us about our Used Mazdas 3 Prices on this page! We offer some of the most competitive Mazda 3 Prices in the country, all of which are determined by the age, mileage, trim level and condition of the vehicle you are interested in. Please note that we regularly run Mazda 3 Pricing Promotions when stock availability allows us to. Feel free to drop into any one of our 7 Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape to find out more.

Used Mazda 3 for Sale in the Western Cape

We are proud stockists of of of the best Used Mazda for Sale in the Western Cape, and can assist you with buying a Used Mazda 3 in Cape Town, Stellenbosch or Knysna at:

Group 1 Pre-owned in Kuils River
Tel:
021 900 5200

Group 1 Pre-owned in Stellenbosch
Tel:
021 887 6900

Group 1 Pre-owned in Knysna
Tel:
044 302 2600

Used Mazda 3 for Sale in Gauteng

Vist us at our two Gauteng based showrooms to pick your quality Used Mazda 3 for Sale! We can deliver your Used Mazda 3, or any other vehicle that you wish to purchase, directly to your door anywhere in Gauteng or South Africa. Contact us at:

Group 1 at The Glen
Tel:
010 593 4393

Group 1 in Midrand
Tel:
011 312 2678

Used Mazda 3 for Sale in the Eastern Cape

Our two Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in the Eastern Cape are home to some of the best Used Mazda 3 Deals in the province! Pay us a visit at:

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
Tel:
041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
Tel:
041 994 1800

Please Note! All Used Mazda 3 for Sale (both sedans and hatchbacks) are eligible for Nationwide Delivery. Please chat to us about the Used Mazda 3 which you’re interested in to find out more.