Robert Barry takes the new Mazda 3 Limited from North Harbour Mazda out for a spin and finds himself ‘as one’ with the road.

Loosely translated the Japanese phrase Jinba Ittai means “when horse and rider become as one.” Since the launch of the first-generation MX-5 in 1989, it has become a cornerstone of Mazda’s design and engineering philosophy.

As you glide into the leather upholstery of the all-new Mazda 3 Limited hatch, you do immediately feel at one with the car. The interior ergonomics are excellent, and it’s easy to personalise a comfortable driving position while enjoying the seat heaters on a chilly morning.


The quality of the all-new Mazda3’s interior design and finish is on par, if not better, than some luxury brands.  Information on the vehicle’s speed and the posted speed limit is relayed to the driver by the Head-Up Active Driving Display, while the LED instrument panel provides all other necessary data.

Handily positioned in the centre of the dash is the new MazdaConnect Infotainment System incorporating Apple Car Play and Android Auto, which is easily navigated by the Commander Control rotary knob on the centre console.

A premium 12-speaker Bose audio system provides crisp clear sound, and the Limited comes standard with i-Activsense safety technologies including Cruising & Traffic Support, Front Cross Traffic Alert, Driving Monitoring, and Adaptive LED Headlights which must be seen to be appreciated!

Once on the road the real sense of Jinba Ittai envelopes you because this is a car that’s equally at home in the urban crawl as it is on a lovely piece of winding road, and it moves seamlessly from one to the other.  

The Limited hatch has sharply responsive steering, a freely revving 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine allied to a quick-shifting 6-speed auto gearbox, and a brilliantly sporty drive that leaves you stirred but not shaken.

Mazda’s new catchphrase for the all-new Mazda3 is Drive Beautifully, and that it does in every sense.  

North harbour Mazda’s Dylan Ellison – 021 410 074

For more information on the gorgeous new Mazda 3 and to discuss North Harbour Mazda’s 0% finance no deposit* options call Dylan Ellison on 021 410 074

For a limited time, drive away in any new Mazda (including BT-50) with No Deposit Interest-Free Mazda Finance. On payment to the Dealer of On-Road Costs (ORC) and the cost of any accessories, the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) plus a $360.35 Establishment Fee are financed and paid over 36 equal monthly instalments* with an interest charge of 0% per annum.
  • Based on Mazda Recommended Retail Pricing effective 1st July 2019; and valid for sales concluded on/before 30th September 2019.
  • 36-month term applies to Passenger and SUV models, BT-50 payments are over 48 months.
  • Offer is only available through UDC Finance Limited, is subject to normal credit and lending criteria and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers.
  • A $360.35 establishment/ documentation fee applies for Mazda Finance agreements ($10.35 PPSR Levy, $100 UDC fee, $250 Dealer Fee).
  • New Mazda Passenger & SUV models (excluding All-New Mazda3 BP series) include MazdaCare of 3 years/100,000km (whichever occurs first) free servicing, 5 years/unlimited km warranty and 5 years unlimited km 24/7 roadside assist from the date of first registration.
  • All-New Mazda3 (BP series) include MazdaCare of 5 years/100,000km (whichever occurs first) free servicing, 5 years/unlimited km warranty and 5 years unlimited km 24/7 roadside assist from the date of first registration.
  • New BT-50 utility vehicles include Mazda Commercial care of 3 years / 100,000km (whichever occurs first) fixed priced servicing, 3 year / 150,000km warranty and 3-year unlimited kilometre 24/7 Mazda on-call roadside assistance.
  • Excludes Special Edition vehicles and any other special prices that are less than the recommended retail price.