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Toyota Corolla Vs Mazda3 And & Nbsp; Kia Cerato: Golf Class Sedan Test

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Toyota Corolla Vs Mazda3 And & Nbsp; Kia Cerato: Golf Class Sedan Test
Toyota Corolla Vs Mazda3 And & Nbsp; Kia Cerato: Golf Class Sedan Test

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S-class sedans are going through hard times in Russia. Gone are the Mitsubushi Lancer, HondCivic, Renault Fluence and even the Ford Focus. Citroen and Peugeot are sold in homeopathic doses - not even the seemingly ubiquitous Chinese are seen. Even the new Jett is in no hurry - and Volkswagen is traditionally considered a trendsetter in the golf class. Why is this happening? Let's take a look at the example of those who are still left - KiCerato, Mazda3 and ToyotCorolla

"Russians love sedans." This is the mantra that automakers have been selling to us with their four-door models for twenty years in a row. Recently, however, she has been working through a stump deck. No, Vesta, Granta, Solaris and Logan are still great buys. But not because of the four doors and the tail - but simply because they are cheap. And as soon as our person accumulates a million and a half rubles, a crossover inevitably falls into his field of vision. Although there are still enough of those who remain faithful to the four doors. In the attachment to the participants of our test, these are hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands of buyers per year. Which sedan is preferred? First, let's count on a calculator.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Equipment and prices

The above statement is more correct: Russians love sedans more than hatchbacks. Why? Because they get more car for their money! The participants in our test are an example of this.

Test KiCerato - a two-liter 150-horsepower sedan with automatic transmission in almost the maximum configuration of the GT Line. These are LED headlights and lights, a package of electronic assistants, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and glass, a rear-view camera, keyless entry. In general, a well-equipped car, which lacks only leather and power-adjustable driver's seat with memory until the top version of the GT Line +. The price, however, is also rather big - 1 409 900 rubles.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
Full LED headlights are available on the Cerato only in the GT Line and GT Line + …
Full LED headlights are available on the Cerato only in the GT Line and GT Line + …
… and LED lights are also available in the cheaper Prestige package
… and LED lights are also available in the cheaper Prestige package
Cerato GT Line is recognizable even without the nameplate - by the red trim of the radiator grille and the spoiler on the boot lid
Cerato GT Line is recognizable even without the nameplate - by the red trim of the radiator grille and the spoiler on the boot lid
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
Ki's mirrors are the largest and most comfortable
Ki's mirrors are the largest and most comfortable

But if we compare the Cerato and its sister Ceed, it turns out that a hatchback with almost the same equipment and a tighter interior (due to the fact that its wheelbase is 5 cm shorter) will not be cheaper, but 60,000 rubles more! Moreover, it will not have an "aspirated" engine, but a 140-horsepower turbo engine with a robotic transmission: a modern combination, but not everyone gives confidence in the future without breakdowns.

Sedan Mazda3 sold in Russia with a single power unit - a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine (120 hp) and an "automatic", and in the only Active configuration. Price - 1,570,000 rubles, plus a surcharge for any color other than white. There are also two packages of options to choose from - with them the matryoshka will be close to the Cerato in terms of equipment. It has simpler security systems, an inch less than a wheel, but there is a head-up display. The final price of the test sedan - 1 669 000 rubles, 260 thousand more expensive than Kia.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
The "matryoshka" has LED headlights as basic equipment. But daylight is halogen
The "matryoshka" has LED headlights as basic equipment. But daylight is halogen
Lamps, LEDs - Mazda lanterns are beautiful on any model, regardless of their filling
Lamps, LEDs - Mazda lanterns are beautiful on any model, regardless of their filling
The Japanese sedan has problems with visibility - the rear window is almost as narrow as that of the hatchback, and the mirrors are too small
The Japanese sedan has problems with visibility - the rear window is almost as narrow as that of the hatchback, and the mirrors are too small
Cool thing - washer nozzles on brush leads. Liquid consumption is minimal, but cleans perfectly
Cool thing - washer nozzles on brush leads. Liquid consumption is minimal, but cleans perfectly

But a five-door Mazda3 in the same Active configuration will be even more expensive, albeit for a symbolic 20,000 rubles. For this surcharge, the hatch fan will lose 50 liters of the trunk, as well as the opportunity to purchase keyless entry, parking sensors and a rear-view camera. On the other hand, he has the right to buy a three-ruble note in a richer Supreme configuration with an additional safety package and even a 150-horsepower engine. But the price will be cosmic - more than 1.8 million.

However, this amount will seem like space only to buyers of a Korean sedan. Because the test ToyotCorolla in the maximum configuration Prestige Safety is already 1,717,000 rubles… And if it is retrofitted with navigation that competitors have, the 1.8 million threshold will be surpassed. And not to say that Toyot will be better packed than the rest. Of the significant "chips" - only the adaptive "cruise" instead of the usual. The power unit is a 122-horsepower 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine coupled with a variator. You can take a sedan with "mechanics", but only in poor trim levels.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
Coroll also gets LEDs only in rich trim levels. So most sedans on the road are likely to be halogen
Coroll also gets LEDs only in rich trim levels. So most sedans on the road are likely to be halogen
But Toyot did not skimp on LEDs in the taillights even in the base
But Toyot did not skimp on LEDs in the taillights even in the base
The mirrors are quite large, but pushed back. In addition, non-retractable rear head restraints partially obscure rearward visibility
The mirrors are quite large, but pushed back. In addition, non-retractable rear head restraints partially obscure rearward visibility

Now in Russia Coroll is sold without a five-door analogue, but it has its own formidable "internal" rival - the larger ToyotCamry.With 1.8 million rubles, you can buy this sedan in the average Classic configuration, thanks to the localized assembly near St. Petersburg.

And for this money, you can already select a crossover of similar sizes, which many probably do. Yes, in the initial trim levels, yes, front-wheel drive. But a crossover! Well, those for whom the mantra "I sit high, I look far away" is weak, we invite you to sit in our sedans.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Interiors

There are many similarities in the salons of all three cars: relatively low front panels, compact dashboards and, of course, “tablets” of multimedia systems, as if stuck in for charging. Apparently, the tasks for the interior designers were set the same - to smooth out the gloominess of the black finish, to add "air" to the interior, a sense of space. Which is really not too much in compact sedans. As a result, the difference between car interiors is in the details and nuances.

The most interesting thing is inside Mazda3… The driver's seat in the "three-ruble" is the lowest, and the steering wheel with a small hub, air ducts on the sides of the instrument panel and a high central tunnel reinforce the impression that you have got into a sports car. And the horizontally elongated display with a predominance of black in the interface is not so eyesore.

The most beautiful salon in the test. But, alas, not the most convenient one. But the quality of materials is as close as possible to the level of "premium"
The most beautiful salon in the test. But, alas, not the most convenient one. But the quality of materials is as close as possible to the level of "premium"
The chairs are low and comfortable. Only the lateral support rollers, traditionally for Mazda, are widely spaced
The chairs are low and comfortable. Only the lateral support rollers, traditionally for Mazda, are widely spaced
A wheel on the pillow adjusts its tilt - this gives the hips additional support
A wheel on the pillow adjusts its tilt - this gives the hips additional support
The devices are almost the same as those of the "six" or CX-5 - with a virtual speedometer and analog indicators on the sides. And yes, there are also two fuel gauges here
The devices are almost the same as those of the "six" or CX-5 - with a virtual speedometer and analog indicators on the sides. And yes, there are also two fuel gauges here
But navigation is the most advanced in the company's lineup. The graphics are better, although the elongated screen format is useless for automotive mapping
But navigation is the most advanced in the company's lineup. The graphics are better, although the elongated screen format is useless for automotive mapping
Climate control - with comfortable grips and a bright display. But it works inaccurately - sometimes it blows either cold or hot air
Climate control - with comfortable grips and a bright display. But it works inaccurately - sometimes it blows either cold or hot air
Steering wheel buttons - already premium design and quality …
Steering wheel buttons - already premium design and quality …
… but on the doors - not yet
… but on the doors - not yet

True, in the pursuit of beauty, designers sacrificed convenience. There are fewer buttons on the panel than we would like, and those that are there could be larger. And almost all control of entertainment systems and navigation comes down to turning and tilting the joystick puck.

There are plenty of sports shades in the cabin too KiCerato… The GT Line is equipped with a beveled steering wheel, metal pedals and sports seats. And they really are the tightest in this test, with great lateral support and grippy combo padding. It's a pity, they are set higher than in the "three-ruble note".

Salon Ki is the most comfortable, literally everything is at hand. The materials are ordinary - the skin on the panel imitates soft plastic. But the salon is assembled with high quality
Salon Ki is the most comfortable, literally everything is at hand. The materials are ordinary - the skin on the panel imitates soft plastic. But the salon is assembled with high quality
Thick "sporty" seats are the hallmark of the GT Line. And if you pay extra for the GT Line +, they have full leather upholstery
Thick "sporty" seats are the hallmark of the GT Line. And if you pay extra for the GT Line +, they have full leather upholstery
Devices with a large display are as informative as possible. This partly compensates for the lack of a head-up display, which is in other cars
Devices with a large display are as informative as possible. This partly compensates for the lack of a head-up display, which is in other cars
Cerato does not have proprietary navigation, but instead it supports the more advanced Yandex.Navigator service with voice assistant Alice
Cerato does not have proprietary navigation, but instead it supports the more advanced Yandex.Navigator service with voice assistant Alice
Climate control on Cerato: set it up once and forget it. It's a pity, it is installed only starting from the Prestige package
Climate control on Cerato: set it up once and forget it. It's a pity, it is installed only starting from the Prestige package
Kina does not pretend to be premium, but its joysticks on the steering wheel are no less convenient than the buttons of the "matryoshka"
Kina does not pretend to be premium, but its joysticks on the steering wheel are no less convenient than the buttons of the "matryoshka"
But the automatic window regulator is only on the driver's door
But the automatic window regulator is only on the driver's door

And in general, the ergonomics of the Cerato is excellent, not worse than that of the reference German cars. There are plenty of buttons and knobs, they are all in the right places, there is a convenient shelf for a smartphone (with wireless charging). Devices are a role model. But the awards in beauty contests for the Ki salon do not shine. You can only admire the side deflectors.

ToyotCorolla inside - also not a masterpiece of interior design. Its front panel is spoiled by a massive lower section, under which literally hides a shelf for a smartphone with wireless charging and heated seat buttons. Surprisingly, there is more subjectively notorious "air" here than in other sedans. Perhaps the point is the A-pillars, which are more forward, or in the narrow center tunnel. And the Coroll is also the only sedan in the test that has available beige inserts that successfully dilute the overall gloom of the interior (but they were not on our car).

The front panel is a combination of leather and, with rare exceptions, soft plastic. The steering wheel is slightly larger in diameter than the rest
The front panel is a combination of leather and, with rare exceptions, soft plastic. The steering wheel is slightly larger in diameter than the rest
The seats are the softest, although you can't call them amorphous, the lateral support is quite decent
The seats are the softest, although you can't call them amorphous, the lateral support is quite decent
The only electric adjustment is the lumbar support. But for others, it is not configurable at all
The only electric adjustment is the lumbar support. But for others, it is not configurable at all
The shield is Toyota-style bright, but sins with small, hard-to-read characters
The shield is Toyota-style bright, but sins with small, hard-to-read characters
When the power unit is switched to Sport mode, the instruments become even more colorful
When the power unit is switched to Sport mode, the instruments become even more colorful
The navigation module is offered as an accessory - for 89,200 rubles
The navigation module is offered as an accessory - for 89,200 rubles
Climate control works well, but its buttons are too small
Climate control works well, but its buttons are too small
These keys cannot be called interior decoration, and they do not work as well as in other sedans
These keys cannot be called interior decoration, and they do not work as well as in other sedans
Wireless charging and seat heating buttons are retracted under the panel. It's good that there is a light indication
Wireless charging and seat heating buttons are retracted under the panel. It's good that there is a light indication

In the single test, we praised the Japanese car for its ergonomics, but compared to competitors, it is no longer so good. Coroll is upset with uninformative devices, small buttons on the panel and uncomfortable - on the steering wheel. The seat is softer than the rest, and if it holds the driver's hips well in corners, then the back is not very good. Although the rest of the fit behind the wheel is comfortable.

How comfortable are cars behind the backs of the front seats? Let's take a look at the second row.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Capacity

It's no secret that in golf-class sedans, rear passengers are usually supporting characters: the bosses are carried in larger cars. Therefore, manufacturers are not too concerned about ensuring maximum comfort for those sitting in the back. They may even be sacrificed for the sake of design. For example, lowering the roof for a more dashing silhouette. The trunk is another matter. Its size is quite important for the buyer of such a car. But even here the Koreans and the Japanese found ways to save money.

More spacious than others in the back Ceratohowever, the difference between the machines is not dramatic. The Korean sedan is slightly wider in the shoulders, it gives a few extra centimeters to the knees, Ki has a low center tunnel. However, the roof is as low as the rest - even an average passenger sits with no headroom. And the feet barely fit under the front seat. Equipment - level "three P": armrest, cup holders, heating. Well, a couple of ventilation deflectors.

The back sofa is molded, rather, for two, but the central section does not protrude much
The back sofa is molded, rather, for two, but the central section does not protrude much
Typical Asian solution - cup holders in the armrest
Typical Asian solution - cup holders in the armrest
Cerato has the largest trunk and the most voluminous underground. The opening to the salon is quite wide
Cerato has the largest trunk and the most voluminous underground. The opening to the salon is quite wide
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

It meets passengers with exactly the same set and Corolla… Only the armrest in the Japanese sedan is not so comfortable, and the tunnel is higher. And in general, the place is a little less. The most noticeable difference, five centimeters, is in the distance to the backs of the front seats. But it's easier to push your legs under them.

In the Corolla, two are also waiting in the back, but the central section is more convex
In the Corolla, two are also waiting in the back, but the central section is more convex
The position of the folded-down armrest is a bit strange, don't you agree?
The position of the folded-down armrest is a bit strange, don't you agree?
Toyota's compartment is shorter, but the widest. And even with the backs folded, the highest step and the narrowest opening are obtained here
Toyota's compartment is shorter, but the widest. And even with the backs folded, the highest step and the narrowest opening are obtained here
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

And the closest in the test is Mazda3… Firstly, another 4–5 centimeters have been taken away from the knees. Secondly, there is a tall central tunnel (because the "three-wheel" platform is also designed for four-wheel drive), which makes the third passenger especially inappropriate. Finally, the "matryoshka" does not even have deflectors, not to mention the heated back sofa.

The back and cushion of the rear sofa in Mazda are the most even
The back and cushion of the rear sofa in Mazda are the most even
Drinks hold better in treshki cup holders
Drinks hold better in treshki cup holders
Mazda3 has the most modest trunk volume, which is more squeezed by arches than others. But the step into the salon is minimal. And the handle on the lid is more comfortable
Mazda3 has the most modest trunk volume, which is more squeezed by arches than others. But the step into the salon is minimal. And the handle on the lid is more comfortable
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Approximately the same layout for the luggage racks. According to the passport Mazda has a 444-liter cargo compartment, Toyota - 470 liters, and in Kia - as much as 502 liters. But there is some cunning in these numbers - in fact, the capacity of the three sedans is very close. After all, the dimensions of the cargo compartments, like the salons, differ by a few centimeters. Yes, the Cerato's trunk is a little taller, but the main contribution to the extra 30 liters seems to come from a large underground, where, in addition to a full-size "spare wheel", all car small things are placed.

Coroll is also equipped with a full spare wheel, but the "treshka" is offered with a stowaway. And a common feature of all machines is that there is nothing to secure the load. Three of them have one sidewall strap (Kia) and one bag hook (Toyota). Have the engineers of these cars ever got hold of SkodOctavi?

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Riding

In any test where Mazda participates, the driving experience automatically becomes the main intrigue - after all, the small Japanese company has long earned a reputation as a driver. How will Ki and Toyota respond?

Cerato, in comparison with the rest of the participants, it conquers with its power unit. And it's not only and not so much the extra 30 horsepower. For example, at a “low start” from an imaginary traffic light, the Mazda3 loses the entire body to the Korean sedan - and then not immediately, but when the speed of the cars already goes beyond the permitted mark.

But in everyday use Ki pleases with good traction on the "bottom" and adequate responses to the gas pedal, and even in Eco mode, the Korean sedan does not "dull". And if we turn on the Sport… The accelerator becomes even more sensitive, the “automatic” is more willing to tuck in lower gears, the motor has a pleasant pickup after 4000 rpm - and now Cerato already seems like a hot hatchback sedan. Although objectively it is as "warm" as possible - as much as 9.8 seconds to 100 km / h.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
In addition to the comfortable and economical button, you can turn on the Smart mode, in which the car itself adjusts to the driving conditions. Sport is activated by the gear lever
In addition to the comfortable and economical button, you can turn on the Smart mode, in which the car itself adjusts to the driving conditions. Sport is activated by the gear lever
Ki has the most advanced camera - with movable lines. But the lens, like the rest, is not protected from dirt
Ki has the most advanced camera - with movable lines. But the lens, like the rest, is not protected from dirt
The front bumper of the Cerato will catch on a 20-centimeter curb. Not a crossover, yes …
The front bumper of the Cerato will catch on a 20-centimeter curb. Not a crossover, yes …
But there is nothing to worry about in the back
But there is nothing to worry about in the back

Mazda3 also responsively reacts to gas in Sport mode and even delights the driver's ear with a bass rumble, which is often inherent in larger engines. But if after each ignition on, you do not push the mode key away from you, then the weakness of the power unit becomes noticeable. "Automatic" is too lazy to switch "down" during acceleration, and the 1.5-liter aspirated engine at low revs does not have enough traction to pull out the sedan, which, by the way, is a good 80 kg heavier than Kia. And in general, the accelerator of the "three-ruble" is less sensitive, which also hides the feeling of dynamics.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
The Mazda3 only offers two modes: Sport and Default. In the first, the car is noticeably more energetic due to the work at higher speeds. But the use of Sport in everyday driving interferes with annoying engine noise
The Mazda3 only offers two modes: Sport and Default. In the first, the car is noticeably more energetic due to the work at higher speeds. But the use of Sport in everyday driving interferes with annoying engine noise
The picture from the camera is bright, but small. And the lines don't follow the steering wheel
The picture from the camera is bright, but small. And the lines don't follow the steering wheel
"Three-ruble note" for repainting the front bumper is enough for an 18-centimeter step
"Three-ruble note" for repainting the front bumper is enough for an 18-centimeter step
The rear overhang is also noticeably lower than the Kia
The rear overhang is also noticeably lower than the Kia

Corolla according to the passport, it accelerates faster than the Mazd (10.8 seconds against an infinite 12.4), but in fact it loses an eternity on the drag strip. And even without measurements, with everyday driving in the city or on a suburban highway, it is noticeable. And it's not about the motor. It is noticeably older than Mazda's SkyActiv-G, but similar in character to it. It also suffers from a lack of torque at low revs, it also reacts to gas without harshness - except that it sounds quieter and more colorless.

Toyot gives way to the rest because of the variator. At the start, the box crumples, protecting its belt and pulleys - the Coroll moves smoothly even with the pedal in the floor. And on the go, in a variator mode, it breaks the rigid connection between the engine and the wheels, often demonstrating the effect of "slipping clutch".

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
Sport mode cheers up the CVT noticeably, but even does not turn into a "warm" Coroll sedan
Sport mode cheers up the CVT noticeably, but even does not turn into a "warm" Coroll sedan
The lines are still here, and the camera itself is the widest - the picture is highly distorted
The lines are still here, and the camera itself is the widest - the picture is highly distorted
According to the "curb" achievements of Toyot, somewhere in the middle between the rest of the sedans
According to the "curb" achievements of Toyot, somewhere in the middle between the rest of the sedans
The rear overhang is high - you can safely park to the curbs
The rear overhang is high - you can safely park to the curbs

Let the new Mazda3 did not impress with dynamics, it defended its reputation as one of the best chassis in the class. Even after switching from the rear multi-link to a banal beam. Close to neutral understeer, unequivocal reactions, a heavy but informative steering wheel - and overall a very pleasant character. And in the limit, the "three-ruble" demonstrates a smooth skid under the gas discharge, easily adjusted by the steering wheel.

However, Mazd does not like bad roads.She is still able to fend off minor flaws in the asphalt, but on larger pits and speed bumps, the sedan already strongly shakes the passengers, forcing them to slow down.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Cerato better adapted to Russian roads: the Korean sedan has a softer ride. It reacts harshly only to asphalt joints and other similar irregularities, which is not surprising for 17-inch tires with a 45 percent profile. For comparison, the "three-wheel" tires of the dimension 205/60 R16.

Ki also has a sharper steering wheel - and even the winter velcro did not spoil the gambling reactions. But in the settings of the Korean sedan there is more "inadequacy", it does not rise to the arc as readily as Mazda. And in extreme modes, the front axle slides boringly outward.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

And here Corolla on winter tires, on the contrary, it demonstrated the features of its chassis even more clearly. In stock modes, the Toyot seems to be the quietest car in the trinity. It is stable on a straight line, obediently follows the less sharp steering wheel in the test, and rolls stronger than the others in turns.

But as soon as you go faster, on the verge of traction, the Coroll, in response to the gas release, falls into a skid even more than on summer tires. Moreover, the stabilization system is in no hurry to intervene. And the imitation of a detour of a suddenly arisen obstacle looks frightening even on a wide runway of the airfield. In response to a quick turn of the steering wheel, the sedan jerks to the side, and in the next instant it also sharply throws the stern. What will happen on a real road, where there is a curb on the right and an oncoming truck on the left?

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Outcomes

The conclusion that can be made based on the results of this test only once again confirms the current status quo: even in the correspondence comparison, golf-class sedans are inferior to crossovers for the same money in the main thing - practicality. Four-door cars lack versatility - for example, there was no point in including the "Passability" item in this test. They are not so convenient for transporting goods (although they successfully compete with crossovers in the volume of the trunk) and are less friendly to rear passengers.

On the other side of the scale is the design and pleasure that good sedans still deliver to the driver. Even with a relatively weak engine and a simple front-wheel drive chassis. Crossovers in this budget, with rare exceptions, will be just a means of transportation.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Which of the three test sedans to choose is a matter of taste. They are similar in many ways, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Mazda3 above all beautiful - especially if you don’t spare the money for a fiery red color, which even Ferrari can envy. The car also has a cool interior and excellent handling. And in the liabilities - a weak engine, which has no alternative, the smallest trunk and a high price that frightens off buyers. The new Mazda3 is the only sedan in the test that sells worse than its predecessor. Only a few dozen cars are bought per month, including hatchbacks!

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

Confident appearance KiCerato many will like it no less than the exterior of the "three-ruble note". Plus, the Korean sedan has the most comfortable interior, excellent powertrain and the lowest price tag. This is understandable - in the salon of an official dealer he has to compete with KiSportage, one of the best-selling crossover class. On the other hand, Cerato's sales are record-breaking - 1.5–2 thousand cars a month, although these figures are probably influenced by high demand from corporate buyers.

ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans
ToyotCoroll versus Mazda3 and KiCerato: test of golf-class sedans

ToyotCorolla looks like an amateur, but for most buyers it's enough that it's a Toyota. However, even without the emblem, there are enough advantages - a comfortable chassis and a reliable proven engine. But the high price (the highest in the test) certainly scares off a lot of buyers. Therefore, the sales results are average - several hundred sedans a month. For comparison: the Camry has a score of thousands …

Mazda3

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Okay

  • - Bright appearance
  • - High quality interior
  • - Good chassis

bad

  • - High price
  • - The only complete set
  • - Weak motor

Specifications Mazd3 IV (BP)

Equipment

1.5 AT (120 HP)

Engine

1.5 l / 120 HP / gasoline

Transmission

automatic

Drive unit

front

Body

Sedan

Fuel consumption

Acceleration to 100 km / h

12.3

Price, ₽

1 570 000

All characteristics Car catalog

KiCerato

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Okay

  • - Attractive price
  • - Good powertrain
  • - Roomy salon

bad

  • - Boring interior
  • - Understeer
  • - Low cost trunk equipment

KiCerato IV characteristics

Equipment

2.0 AT (150 HP)

Engine

2 l / 150 hp / gasoline

Transmission

automatic

Drive unit

front

Body

Sedan

Fuel consumption

7.4

Acceleration to 100 km / h

9.8

Price, ₽

1 409 900

All characteristics Car catalog

ToyotCorolla

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Okay

  • - Driving comfort
  • - Rich equipment
  • - Looks like Camry

bad

  • - Highest price
  • - Tendency to skid
  • - Weak dynamics

Specifications ToyotCorollXII (E210)

Equipment

1.6 CVT (122 HP)

Engine

1.6 l / 122 hp / gasoline

Transmission

variable speed drive

Drive unit

front

Body

Sedan

Fuel consumption

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Acceleration to 100 km / h

10.8

Price, ₽

1 717 000

All characteristics Car catalog

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