2013 Mazda Atenza Review

From Ksh 1,200,000
  • Mazda, Mazda Atenza
  • Petrol
  • 2,000 cc

The Mazda Atenza still remains one of the most impressive Japanese cars we’ve driven. Its build quality is exceptional starting from the well crafted exterior to the tastefully furnished interior, everything feels right. It’s available in station wagon and saloon body types with a range of powerful but yet economical engines in the lineup. It competes with the BMW 3 series, Mercedes C200, Toyota Mark X, Subaru Legacy, VW Passat and Audi A4

  • Body Type: Station Wagon
  • Extras: Sunroof
  • Safety Features: 3 Point ELR seat belts, ABS, Curtain Airbags, Electronic Stability Control, i-ACTIVESENSE, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights, Roof Rails
  • Interior Features: Bluetooth Connectivity, Mazda Connect infotainment system, USB Charging Ports

Detailed Review

The Mazda Atenza is a 5-seater, midsized saloon and station that has been in production for three generations since 2002. The first generation known as the GG1 was in production from 2002 to 2008, the second generation known as GH1 was in production from 2007 to 2012 and the third generation known as the GJ1/GL has been in production from 2012 to present.

The 2013 Mazda Atenza comes with 3 engine options, these are the 2.2 Litre SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, the 2.5 Litre SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine and the 2.0 Litre SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine. These are linked to either a 6-speed Manual Transmission or a 6-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission and only available in 2WD (front).

2013 Mazda Atenza Grades

  1. Mazda Atenza 20S – This is the basic grade that comes with the 2.0L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, Smart Start, i-stop, DVD/Radio player, manually operated seats and clothe upholstery.
  2. Mazda Atenza 25S L Package – This is mid luxury grade that comes with the 2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, DVD/Navi system with Bose audio, automatically operated seats and leather upholstery.
  3. Mazda Atenza XD – This grade comes with the 2.2L diesel engine, automatic or manual transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, smart start, i-stop, DVD/Radio player with Bose audio, manually operated seats and clothe upholstery.
  4. Mazda Atenza XD L Package – This is the highest grade that comes with the 2.2L diesel engine, automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, smart start, i-stop, DVD/Navi system with Bose audio, automatically operated seats and leather upholstery.

2013 Mazda Atenza Interior
Legroom & Space
The Mazda Atenza is a fairly spacious car with enough room on both rows. Being a front wheel drive, the absence of a transmission tunnel frees up more space for seating. At the first row, both seats have good legroom and can comfortably accommodate tall people. At the second row, the legroom feels somewhat tight for the station wagon but surprisingly good for the saloon.

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage , a storage shelf below the dashboard, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, there’s storage on the front seat jacket pockets and door pockets.

2013 Mazda Atenza Boot Space
The boot space is good enough to carry luggage for a family of five. When extra space is required, the rear seats can be folded in a split configuration.

Other Extras: Paddle shifts, Sunroof, i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system), DVD Infotainment

Safety Features: SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, i-ACTIVESENSE, 3 Point ELR seat belts

This is where the Mazda Atenza truly excels. The exterior design is magnificent – it follows a design concept Mazda calls KODO – soul of motion – that gives it a very exotic look. Add to it the well crafted multi spoke rims and the Mazda Atenza achieves near perfection.

2013 Mazda Atenza Fuel Consumption
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.0L petrol fuel consumption: 17.4 km/L
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.5L petrol fuel consumption: 15.6 km/L
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.2L diesel fuel consumption: 20.0 km/L

2013 Mazda Atenza Acceleration
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.0L petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.4 sec.
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.2L diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 sec.
2013 Mazda Atenza 2.5L petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 sec.

2013 Mazda Atenza Fuel Tank Capacity: 62 Litres

2013 Mazda Atenza Ground Clearance
The 2013 Mazda Atenza has a ground clearance of 5.3 Inches(135mm) which is below the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads. It may be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

2013 Mazda Atenza Stability and Handling
Driving the Mazda Atenza feels like you’re driving a Mercedes Benz. The response is so precise – from the steering response to the quick touch of the throttle, everything feels precise. Around corners, there’s no hint of body roll and the Atenza glides like a speedboat.

Service Intervals
Minor Service – At 10,000 km for petrol and 5,000 km for diesel. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service – At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts are expensive and only available in Nairobi. Some spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock them and you can get listings for these shops in this link.

2013 Mazda Atenza Reliability
The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you make an informed decision when buying a car.

Mazda builds reliable cars and the Atenza is no exception. The diesel engine is extremely sensitive and requires extra care. Common problems with this engine include Diesel Particulate Filter failure and Oil Pressure problems. We always advise that you thoroughly read the Owner’s Manual because it contains vital information. To download the 2013 Mazda Atenza Owner’s Manual, click here.

Resale Value: Average

Mazda Atenza Competitors: BMW 3 series, Mercedes C200, Toyota Mark X, Subaru Legacy, VW Passat and Audi A4

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.1,300,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 48,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 28,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2013 Mazda Atenza
1. Excellent ride characteristics
2. Premium quality
3. Good fuel economy

What we don’t
Low ground clearance

The Mazda Atenza is without question a very outstanding car. The exterior design is fresh, the interior quality is premium and the fuel economy is good. All in all, we could hardly find a fault with it except the low ground clearance.

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