It’s hard to deny that Kiwis love their cars—New Zealand has the third highest motor vehicles per capita in the world, with 837 vehicles per 1000 people. 

One of the most popular brands sold in New Zealand is Mazda. In 2018, the Japanese auto giant boasted global sales of over 1.6 million light vehicles, including approximately 10,000 vehicles sold in New Zealand alone, making it the country’s second most popular auto company in terms of sales, just behind Toyota. Mazda’s vehicles are renowned for being efficient, reliable, and affordable. In this blog post, we’re looking at the three most popular models to help you find the best one for you: the CX-5, MAZDA3, and the CX-30.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the company’s most popular model with 3,695 CX-5s sold in New Zealand in 2018. This SUV is popular for many reasons, including its slick attractive design, stability, effortless acceleration, spacious interior, and next level technology. 

An exceptional array of safety technology is utilized by the Mazda CX-5 with autonomous gadgets such as a Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Blind Spot Monitor and Mazda Radar Cruise Control. The vehicle uses 27 sensors to monitor, assess and respond to any road hazards or changes in driving conditions. 

Its Smart Brake Support system is particularly impressive. It uses a radar to detect pedestrians and warn of forward-collisions, and it automatically applies the brake if there is an immediate danger of collision. Lane Departure Warning monitors also alert you if you stray from your lane, and a Lane-keep Assist System will apply corrective steering if needed. 

A Radar Cruise Control system adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead of you and can apply a “Stop & Go”—halting your car when the traffic stops and taking off when the traffic moves again.

Mazda Axela (MAZDA 3)

The Mazda Axela comes as a hatchback or a sedan, with the option of either a 2.0L or 2.5L four-cylinder engine. This vehicle is well received for its high-tech capabilities, interior comfort, and good looks. Both vehicles have a well-crafted interior with the latest cutting-edge technology including a smartphone capable infotainment system, LED instrument panel, and Active Driving Display. And the G-Vectoring Control Plus system enhances the vehicle’s controllability by automatically adjusting the engine to balance the vehicle whenever it enters corners or sharp turns.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda’s CX-30 SUV debuted in 2019 and represents a new generation of fuel economic SUVs, boasting a sleek design, high tech gadgets, and delivering an outstanding driving experience. The vehicle’s fuel economy ranges from 5.9 – 6.3 litres per 100 km and can travel 833km2 on a $100 tank ($2 per litre)—that’s the equivalent of travelling from Auckland to Nelson without stopping. 

With the use of the latest cutting-edge technology and systems, the CX-30 provides a relaxing, safe, and responsive ride. It employs a wide array of gadgets and systems including:

  1. Anti-lock brakes which improve the manoeuvrability of a vehicle during any sudden braking.
  1. A stability control system which automatically slows down and brakes when it senses that vehicle is out of control. Traction Control and Hill Launch Assist systems help the vehicle drive through steep or difficult terrain. 
  1. An anti-theft device that disables engine ignition if the original key is not used.

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