Lazarus Motor Company began in Bronkhorstspruit over 6 decades ago. Today, their legacy endures through the five respected vehicle brands showcased at the Lazarus Motor Group in Centurion. Among these brands is the very luxurious Mazda. Passionate and knowledgeable Sales Executive, Neo Modikoane is extremely well versed in the Mazda brand which was helpful during our test drive.

The CX-3 is a combination of innovation, style and versatility. The font grille extends through to the chrome branches which lead to striking halogen headlamps. The rear is accentuated with wraparound windows to improve visibility but looks good too.

The interior offers ample leg and shoulder room with an added 264-litre boot space for school bags, groceries and/or other luggage. With a 60:40 split in the second row, you are offered even more space.  Keyless entry greets the driver with a classy, well-defined dashboard which includes head-up display in the Individual derivative. The steering wheel, handbrake and gear shift are stylishly enveloped in leather.

Your cluster display is sported by a trip computer which gives you handy information about your trip and a status on what’s going on in and around the vehicle. The multifunctional steering wheel allows you to access this information and switch between features like cruise control and the Mazda Connect Infotainment System. This infotainment system includes a Mazda Connect 7-inch touch screen which can easily connect to Bluetooth audio, AUX, USB, AM/FM radio and CD player – this also allows you to make phone calls.

The drive was extremely pleasurable and agile with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Neo and I cruised around the suburbs, then took to the highway where the CX-3 showed off its impressive and powerful abilities and safety conveniences. Safety features include Blind Spot Assist and Dynamic Stability Control which instantly brakes to avoid under and oversteer. The Traction Control System reduces torque to minimise slipping. Smart City Brake Support decreases low-speed impacts. G-Vectoring Control finely controls engine torque to improve handling and ride quality. Adaptive LED Headlights, Lane Departure Warning, ABD and Emergency Brake Assist help with piece of mind when driving the CX-3.

Mazda offers a 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance and a 3-year unlimited kilometre service plan. Head to Lazarus Motors Mazda today and speak to Sales Manager, Diane Proudfoot or Sales Executive, Neo Modikoane and get the best deal on your Mazda CX-3.

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley