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MikeAqua

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#273131 6-Aug-2020 09:27
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Thinking about replacing our Mazda3 SP25, which could best be described as a warm hatch - reasonable power, good passenger comfort and excellent handling.  I like the hatchback format but I'd quite like something faster.

 

Interested in hearing about suggestions for replacement.

 

 

 

Attributes I would like are: -

 

  • Power
  • Handling
  • Comfortable
  • Good headroom (something I really like about the Mazda)
  • Good technology - car apps, blind spot, intelligent cruise control
  • Heated seats would be nice
  • Mechanically reliable
  • Petrol powered
  • <$60k new

 





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  #2535574 6-Aug-2020 09:37
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Civic Type R? If they could bring out a slightly prettier version it would be more palatable.

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  #2535598 6-Aug-2020 09:58
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I'd keep the mazda as a daily driver and buy yourself some kind of sports car to feed your power obsession if it was me.

 

 

 

Otherwise probably the Honda mudguard mentioned.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2535600 6-Aug-2020 10:01
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Ford Focus ST ?





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  #2535601 6-Aug-2020 10:01
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Have you thought about a near new or ex-demo? 

 

Could get a proper hot hatch at those prices if you are prepared to go "not-quite-new"...

 

 

 

Like this: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/hyundai/i30-n/listing/2393394561?bof=qgacx8pb

 

or this: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/hyundai/i30-n/listing/2695860716?bof=qgacx8pb

 

or even this: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/ford/focus/listing/2668763538?bof=qgacx8pb

 

Or a slightly larger "hatch" : https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/kia/stinger/listing/2621168370?bof=fwmcjvpd

 

Personally, I think the Hyundai i30N gives great bang for buck and reviews have been largely positive. But for $60k you can get a twin turbo Kia Stinger, which is most definitely "a bit faster"...

 

 

 

 





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  #2535617 6-Aug-2020 10:12
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The i30N would be my pick of a 'hot' hatch I think. 

 

Stinger too (but not a hatch, and it's RWD).

 

 

 

Golf GTI might be another option, but they'd cost more than that new (and not sure you'd want one too second hand).


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  #2535624 6-Aug-2020 10:30
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Golf GTI, no question about it.

 

$57k brand new.

 

The only box it doesn't tick is the heated seats – unless you pay extra (approx $4k I believe) for the leather seat package (which I have) which does have heated seats.

 

I'm on my third GTI (MK4, MK5, and now my current MK7) and I can't say enough good things about them.


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  #2535626 6-Aug-2020 10:37
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@MikeAqua a Suzuki Ignis will fulfil all your needs and dreams 


 
 
 
 


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  #2535628 6-Aug-2020 10:41
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Merc AMG A43 or Audi RS3 Go on  - cos you're going to win Lotto on Saturday.





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  #2535629 6-Aug-2020 10:42
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trig42:

 

The i30N would be my pick of a 'hot' hatch I think. 

 

 

The i30N would absolutely be my pick if you want a serious hot hatch but if you're not taking it on a track then I would question why you need 180kw+. The variants of the i30 and Cerato with the 150kw turbo engine would still provide excellent performance at a lower price, although their performance wouldn't be noticeably different from the Mazda3 that you are replacing.

 

For a while now there have been rumours of Mazda potentially offering their 170kw turbo petrol engine in a Mazda3 which would effectively resurrect the MPS, but it's unclear whether it will ever happen. Even if they do it, there's no guarantee it would be available in NZ.


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Mazda CX-30 ? Its basically a Mazda 3 but SUV height. The new Mazda 3 has less boot room


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  #2535730 6-Aug-2020 12:30
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DjShadow:

 

Mazda CX-30 ? Its basically a Mazda 3 but SUV height. The new Mazda 3 has less boot room

 

 

So a Mazda 3, but worse?


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  #2535745 6-Aug-2020 12:53
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Handsomedan:

 

Have you thought about a near new or ex-demo? 

 

 

Near new is an option





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  #2535746 6-Aug-2020 12:54
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MikeB4:

 

@MikeAqua a Suzuki Ignis will fulfil all your needs and dreams 

 

 

ROFLMAO





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  #2535747 6-Aug-2020 12:55
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Benjip:

 

Golf GTI, no question about it.

 

$57k brand new.

 

The only box it doesn't tick is the heated seats – unless you pay extra (approx $4k I believe) for the leather seat package (which I have) which does have heated seats.

 

I'm on my third GTI (MK4, MK5, and now my current MK7) and I can't say enough good things about them.

 

 

I actually wanted a Golf-R last time, but Golfs in general lack head room.  I should retry as that was 6 or 7  years ago.





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  #2535748 6-Aug-2020 12:58
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DjShadow:

 

Mazda CX-30 ? Its basically a Mazda 3 but SUV height. The new Mazda 3 has less boot room

 

 

Will be slower with a higher CoG than what I have now.





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