2015 Mazda Axela Review

The Mazda Axela (accelerate & excellent) commonly known as a Mazda 3 outside Japan is one of the most sought cars in the Kenyan market as it offers the same level of luxury and refinement as its closest European rivals such as VW Golf and Audi A3 while retaining the famed reliability of Japanese cars. It competes with the VW Golf, Audi A3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Auris.

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Detailed Review

Engine options in the 2015 Mazda Axela include a 1.5-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, a 2.0-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, a 2.2 SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine, and a 2.0-Litre KYACTIV-HYBRID.

Mazda Axela Grades
1. Mazda Axela 15C – This is the base model . It comes with the 1.5L engine, 2WD/4WD, 16-inch alloy rims, key start and CD/Radio player
2. Mazda Axela 15S – This is the sports grade that comes with 1.5L engine, 2WD/4WD, 17-inch alloy rims, steering shifts, and sports trim.
3. Mazda Axela 20S – This grade comes with the 2.0L engine, 2WD, 17-inch alloy rims, Keyless and steering controls. Other grades in this range include 20S Touring and 20S Touring L Package.
4. Mazda Axela XD – This is a high-performance grade that comes with the 2.2L diesel engine, 2WD and 18-inch alloy rims
5. Mazda Axela HYBRID C – This grade comes with the hybrid engine, 2WD, 16-inch alloy rims, key start and CD/Radio player
6. Mazda Axela-S – This is the sports grade that comes with a hybrid engine, 2WD, 17-inch alloy rims, steering shifts, and sports trim. The Mazda Axela-S L Package grade comes with leather seats.

Mazda Axela Interior

The 2015 Mazda Axela has one of the greatest interiors in its class. All controls are user-friendly, and the dashboard and center console are designed with the driver in mind, making it unnecessary to navigate button arrays or menu displays to perform fundamental functions. The overall quality of the inside panels, upholstery, and switches is shockingly high.

In the first row, the legroom is great for both driver and passenger with enough space to recline as desired. At the second, the legroom is similarly good and the seats are well elevated and extra padded.

Mazda Axela Safety Features

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Mazda Axela includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts come standard on all trims.

Cabin Storage

There are two cup/bottle holders, door panel storage, dashboard storage, a glovebox, and a central box for the first row. For second-row storage, the front seat jacket pockets and door side pockets are available.

Mazda Axela Boot Space

The sedan Axela has a boot space of 12.4 cubic feet while the hatchback offers 20.2 cubic feet, which can be enhanced up to 47.1 cubic feet with the rear seats, folded down.

Mazda Axela Exterior

The Mazda Axela has a unique design that few cars can match. It’s sporty and modern with an aerodynamic body that appeals to both male and female clientele. It comes with 18-inch bright alloy wheels, LED fog lamps, a black painted lower rear bumper, and a red accent around the front grille.

Fuel Consumption

2015 Mazda Axela 1.5-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine fuel consumption- 5.1 L/100km.

2015 Mazda Axela 2.0-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine fuel consumption- 5.8L/100km

2015 Mazda Axela 2.2 SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine fuel consumption- 4.1L/100km

2015 Mazda Axela Fuel Tank Capacity: 51 Litres

2015 Mazda Axela Acceleration

2015 Mazda Axela 1.5-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine acceleration 0-100: 11.6 secs

2015 Mazda Axela 2.0-Litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine acceleration 0-100: 9.4 secs

2015 Mazda Axela 2.2 SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine acceleration 0-100: 8.3 secs

2015 Mazda Axela Reliability

The Mazda Axela was regarded as one of the most dependable hatchbacks on the market before the third generation. The advent of hybrid and diesel engines, as well as other technology, changed this, adding complexity while also making the Axela safe and enjoyable to drive.

Mazda Axela Ground Clearance

The 2015 Mazda Axela has a ground clearance of 6.4 Inches(165mm) which is slightly low by Kenyan standards and may not clear some speed bumps. If it’s imported from Japan, you may need to increase the ground clearance. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Conclusion

The Mazda Axela is an affordable car and an easy yet fun car to drive.  It competes with some of the best cars in the market and with proper maintenance, it can serve you for many years without a problem.

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