What’s the interior and connectivity like of the 2024 Mazda 3?
Here’s why you need the optional Vision Technology Package. Firstly, it comes with the following:
- NEW 10.25” Infotainment Display
- Surround-View Camera (360 Camera)
- Cruising & Traffic Support (Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Start and Lane Centering)
- Driver Monitoring
- Front Cross Traffic Alert
- Front Parking Sensors
So yes, the headlining change for the interior in the facelifted Mazda 3 is the new 10.25” infotainment system… and you will miss out on it if you don’t option the Vision Pack. Instead, you will receive the pre-facelift smaller 8.8” display.
The only grades to get the new display as standard are the G25 GT and G25 Astina.
And the screen itself is mostly great. It’s processing speeds have definitely received a major boost, although the actual functionality of the screen is identical to that of the 8.8” display.
Rather annoyingly, you still can’t use the display as a touchscreen on the go. Although if you dig through the menu options you can enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to work as a touch screens. That’s just silly.
Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have both been updated with wireless connectivity – so long as you have the 10.25” display.
And our variant is equipped with the Wireless Charger, which is a long overdue and welcome addition.
Otherwise, the interior remains the same – which is not a bad thing.
The cloth seats – although feel base model – are incredibly supportive, and even offer memory function and automatic adjustment on the driver’s side.
The interior also feels supremely nice to the touch, with soft touch materials everywhere. This is not purely aesthetic; it helps reduce the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) – so the cabin is one of the quietest at its price point.
Up in front of the driver, the leather steering wheel is adorned with buttons which is great for not needing to take your hands off the steering wheel for most functions.
Also, the semi-digital instrument cluster is sincerely one of the best implementations out there. It’s not extremely functional in that it doesn’t have a bunch of display styles on offer, but it looks elegant and shows just enough information.
I will say though, the extensive use of piano black materials is getting old – it looks nice at first glance, but almost instantly scratches and gets dusty. Not a fan.
Also new are the 2 USB-C ports in the centre armrest, replacing the older USB-A ports. Though functionally, apart from slightly faster charging of devices, this makes little difference.
Overall, the interior of the Mazda 3 is certainly one of the nicest interiors in the small hatchback segment – if not the most premium. I guess the old adage is true: don’t fix it unless it’s broken!