Mazda Axela  - The Perfect Compact Vehicle with Agility and Style


  • Best in class handling

  • Excellent performance

  • Reasonable price 


  • 2.3-litre engine is quite thirsty

  • Mixed reliability reports

The Mazda Axela offers great handling and a sporty look and is an attractive option from the small car offerings

The Mazda 3 became Mazda's fastest-selling vehicle in January 2019, with cumulative sales of over 6-million units. The Axela is very-well received by both car buyers and critics as it has been the one small car to seriously challenge the Toyota Corolla as the market leader.

The exterior design is sporty and compact with  inspiration in the look from the RX-8 and the MX-5. The front is sleek, with swept back headlights, featuring smaller, inset circular lights. The steering is comfortable, quick and responsive.

Mazda has improved the quality of materials used in the Axela, giving its interior an upmarket look and feel without resorting to gimmicks. The design is simplicity at its best, with horizontal lines and quick-to-operate rotary dials for the climate control.

In terms of comfort, the steering wheel adjusts for both reach and angle, so it’s easy for anyone to get comfortable. The rear legroom is generous and adequate for adults, and there is room for three people although we wouldn’t recommend three full-grown adults to seat in the back as it still a small car.

The Mazda Axela has a base unit is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 87kW, while a 2.0-litre version produces 108kW, increased to 112kW from 2006. The Axela has four-speed automatic and manual transmission - five-speed automatic is excellent as the automatic is very smooth and can be shifted manually. There’s a nice bit of torque from 3,000-5,000rpm (it peaks at 157lb ft at 4,000rpm) which is pretty agile for a compact vehicle!

In terms of safety the Mazda Axela is comparable to the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Tiida. The car offers driver and passenger airbags and anti-lock braking is a standard. Some of the Axela models event have electronic stability control and electronic brake force distribution an added bonus in terms of safety. The Alexa also includes i-stop is Mazda’s name for its engine start/stop technology. The system aims to reduce fuel consumption by automatically turning off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

The relatively new versions of the Axela introduced drivers to Mazda Connect, the company's unique car-connectivity system. In the age of technology, smartphones and tablets, consumers expect to be able to connect to the internet anywhere, anytime. Connected cars make it possible to obtain and disseminate information even while being behind the wheel.

The Mazda Axela is a cute and compact choice that is priced quite reasonably on our website. The fuel efficiency isn’t bad with an average fuel consumption is almost 42 mpg. We recommend the Mazda for young working couples or small families. If you want to find out the best pricing and models available of the Mazda Axela, we encourage you use the car search feature.