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Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3: battle between Eastern heavyweights

Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3: battle between Eastern heavyweights

22.10.2015
The comparison of the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3: design, capacity, handling and comfort level. We consider pros and cons of each model. There is no winner in this battle because each car is better in something of its own.

The Mazda 3 and the Hyundai Elantra are very popular among Russian drivers. Both models are aimed at the same market segment.

The models instantly respond to minor flaws of each other. The updated sedans arrived in the market almost simultaneously so a battle for customers was waiting for them.

The resources of the Mazda are very limited; however, the Japanese always produce cars with a bright design and interesting features. The new sedan generation of the three series stands out against its competitors.

The position of Hyundai is stronger than ever now. The company became one of the industry leaders from the subtle Asian manufacturer. The updated Elantra looks attractive, but the resemblance to the budgetary Solaris slightly spoils the first impression. The interior is harmonious and elegant although there are no expensive materials. Rent Hyundai Solaris to see how similar these cars are.

The cabin of the Mazda 3 looks restrained and simple, but its functionality and quality of finish aren’t hindered. The seats are comfortable although only two passengers can fit in the rear. The large tunnel in the middle of the seat prevents a comfortable fit. Tall passengers might rest against the roof. The trunk is 408 litres.

The Elantra is much more spacious although its body is smaller. The trunk is significantly bigger – 485 litres.

The control elements and electronic systems of the Mazda 3 are more attractive than the Elantra. Attention is paid to every detail and all the ergonomic requirements are taken into account. To use some switches on the Elantra dashboard, you should divert your attention from the road. Moreover, the on-board computer works slowly sometimes.

The navigation system of the Mazda 3 works only after special activation which involves binding to the VIN. The maps are detailed and accurate. With the Internet connection, you get information about traffic jams. The Elantra is equipped with a well-known domestic Navitel navigation.

The top packages of both cars will appeal to those who like fast driving. However, in the opinion of some buyers, the Elantra's engine is less powerful and works at its limit. The Mazda 3 slightly lacks the dynamics, but driving is more obedient than the South Korean sedan. Rent the Mazda and experience it by yourself. At the same time, the Elantra has a softer suspension and better soundproofing.

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