Townsville Bulletin



Priced from $25,490 drive-away (or $27,490 as an auto) the i30 undercuts its main rivals. At the top of the model range, the acclaimed i30 N is an outstandin­g drive, but if the budget doesn’t stretch to $50,000, the punchy N-line model is a great pick, loaded with excellent safety and tech features, a turbo engine and snappy dualclutch automatic at a price that won’t break the budget.


Stylish inside and out, the Mazda3 offers more choice than the majority of cars in this class. You can have it as a sedan or hatchback, with an automatic or manual transmissi­on, and a broad choice of engines including 2.0-litre and 2.5litre petrol models, a new mild hybrid and a clever high-compressio­n Skyactiv-x version at the top of the range.

Priced from about $30,000 to $47,000 driveaway, every model is loaded with an impressive array of safety features and all are sweet to steer. Impressive­ly composed on the road and impeccably finished in the cabin, the Mazda3 hatch is let down by noisy engines and compromise­d visibility from the rear seats.

Otherwise it is gorgeous to look at and very easy to recommend.

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