The third-generation Mazda Axela or Mazda 3 is the trendiest and legal alternative for import in the local scene, considering the eight years’ rule from first-registration. The 2014 Axela continues a culture of sport-styled, road-ready models from the brand. The second year of the generation brought a facial redesign and better fuel economy to the table, increasing customer interest levels.

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Styling

The Axela dropped the happy go lucky face and adopted a flatter front grille and sleeker body panels favouring a sportier and more credible look. Thanks to the Kodo design language meaning soul of motion, the car was designed to look like it is in motion while still stationary. Mazda first used the design architecture on the CX-5 in 2012, before it was experimented on the Mazda 6 and prescribed for the Axela. There were no changes made to the length from nose to tail on both the hatch and wagon iterations. The new Axela is broader and lower in accordance with the brand objectives for a sportier look and ride.

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Interior

The 2014 Axela cabin is thankfully uncluttered with thoughtful structuring of regular contact controls. The front seating is comfortable and supportive as well with an enlarged cushion for the drivers seating and increased lateral support. At the back, there is sufficient space for two six-footers. Material quality has markedly improved from the front seats forward as well. There is a user-friendly infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen on top of the dash and a rotary dial with accessible shortcut buttons on the centre console between the seats. Other typical features include paddle shifters, steering controls and Mazda i-Stop functions.

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Performance

The third generation Axela decided on the naturally aspirated large capacity engine size options, meaning none of the petrol options come with turbos. The most common options for the local market include a 2.0 litre and 2.5-litre engines producing 155 and 184 hp. Both are beneficiaries of Skyactiv technology which means an improved power-train making the engine components more productive while weighing less. If diesel is your preferred way to go, there is a 2.2-litre SkyActiv turbodiesel mode. Transmissions offered include a six-speed manual and an automatic E-CVT. There is a hybrid option that combines the 2.0-litre unit with a 1.3 kWh battery. The Axela has been described as a fun ride in urban areas and suburban areas. It is a pleasant grand tourer but fares as well as the competition off-road.


Safety

The Axela earns points in this department as it is the top safety pick status due to new active safety options. For one, it was built on a different platform than the previous iteration that was shared with the CX-5. The Touring and Grand Touring models came with blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, smart city brake and adaptive front lighting as some of the available safety features. Frontal, side and curtain airbags come as standard.

Pricing

The rate of the Mazda Axela is set at a market price of Ksh. 1.55 million. Reputable dealers like Gibbs Motors Ltd provide procuring and delivery options, so the vehicle arrives at your desired location within the set duration indicated. Contact us for more information on model specifics and procurement information at 0727249940 or reach us at sevile56@gmail.com.


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