Midsize hatchback: Mazda3 vs Ford Focus

Being presented in the market for quite early, but Ford Focus witnessed rivals passed ahead. According to auto rankings and reviews and somethe best car buying websites, hard to make breakthroughs in C sedan segment where Toyota Corolla Altis, Mazda3 or Kia K3 is owns, the brand has decided to invest in midsize hatchback car segment where there are not many competitors. But Mazda3 which was hoped to be best small car for the money is still not an easy competitor.

Entirely new Focus version debuted at auto show in 10th January, 2015 marked major step to rejuvenate the design and with EcoBoost technology promising to help Focus get strong step forward in the near future. Mazda3 hatchback also features no less outstanding than midsize hatchback variant, which is currently one of the top choices of consumers when wishing to purchase 5-door hatchback.

Engines

Ford Focus hatchback version has two separate engines: Trend version uses Duratec Ti-VCT 1.6-liter capacity to reach a maximum capacity of 123 horsepower at 6,300 rpm rev/min and maximum torque of 159 nm at 4,000 rev/min combined 6-speed automatic double clutch gearbox; 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine produces 177 hp power at 6000 rev/min and 240 Nm of torque at 1600-5000 rpm/min accompanied by a 6-speed automatic gearbox integrated trigger switch.

Beneath the hood of a midsize hatchback Mazda3 is SKYACTIV engines 1.5-liter capacity of 112 horsepower at 6,000 rpm rev/min and torque of 144 Nm at 4,000 maximum revolutions/minute. The power transmitted to four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with sport mode +/- gearshift brings smooth feeling and flexibility in crowded street.

Safety

Standard safety features on Ford Focus midsize hatchback includes airbags for front seats, electronic stabilization system ESP, anti-lock braking system ABS, Hydraulic Launch Assist HLA, electronic brake force distribution EBD, front parking assistance, direction traction control, warning when no seatbelt and anti-theft systems. Focus version 1.5L EcoBoost Sport + has additional 4 side curtain airbags, front park assist, stopping/parking initiative system and reversing camera.

Mazda is assessed 5-star safety from EURO NCAP organization and within the Top Safety Pick 2014 list of IIHS with outstanding safety features such as anti-lock braking system ABS, electronic brake force distribution EBD, TSC-skid system, emergency brake ESS, electronic balance DSC, emergency brake assist BA, hill assist control HAC, reversing camera and 4 or 6 airbags.

Judging

No advantage in terms of favorite brands, but Focus knows how to become more attractive. With valuable improvements in appearance, features and performance, Focus hatchback is the brightest choice for those who want to experience the feeling of operation and unsurpassed amenities. However, in developing markets, the price is high compared with the average became barriers that Focus difficult to reach more customers.

Sale price is an advantage of Mazda3 hatchback before Focus. Even there is no superior power but the car still ensures flexibility and savings, along with fashion design and technology systems, modern gadgets which is enough to conquer consumers. With dynamic young people, likes to show off personality and experience the difference, this is a logical choice.