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What separates the Mazda 3 Speed from the other variants?

Is it worth P80,000 more than the 2.0L Sportback Premium?

The Speed is available in white, red and black. PHOTO BY MARK JESALVA

As you know, the all-new Mazda 3 has five variants: two for the Sportback (2.0L Premium and 1.5 Elite), two for the Sedan (also 2.0L Premium and 1.5 Elite) and the top-of-the-line Speed. Now, note that the Speed version is not to be mistaken for a proper Mazdaspeed variant (which would normally include some performance upgrade). The Mazda 3 Speed that Bermaz Auto Philippines is offering our market right now is essentially a 2.0L Sportback Premium with some cosmetic add-ons.

This package is only offered on the Sportback. PHOTOS BY MARK JESALVA

Outside, the Speed is easily identified by a front lip, a side skirt and a rear skirt—all finished in glossy black. The range-topper also happens to be available in our territory in just three exterior colors: white, red and black.

The exterior add-ons may not appeal to everyone, but we dig them. They provide contrast. PHOTOS BY MARK JESALVA

Inside, you know you’re sitting in a Speed cabin if it has red leather seat material and trim upholstery.

If you look closely enough, you can tell the driver is rather old. His music gives it away. PHOTOS BY MARK JESALVA

Besides those already mentioned, the Speed is exactly the same as the 2.0L Sportback Premium, including its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder gasoline engine, LED adaptive headlamps, 18-inch gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, 12-speaker Bose sound system, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, 360°-view camera, and safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning.

So, is the Mazda 3 Speed worth its P1,590,000 price tag? Put another way: Are the bodykit accessories and the red interior worth P80,000 to you (the 2.0L Sportback Premium costs P1,510,000)? The answer would depend on whether you like the appearance of the Speed. My answer is no. But that’s because I prefer the black interior and the Polymetal Gray paint job, which is not available for the Speed.

If you dig the Speed’s unique look, go for it. Why not?

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.