Since the Malaysian launch of the 2019 Mazda 3, the fourth-generation sedan and hatchback models received mixed responses from the public, largely due to pricing – from RM140k to RM160k – and the 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G base engine offering.

Well, Mazda’s immediate reaction to that is to field the entire C-segment line-up at the Sepang International Circuit for two driving exercises. The first is a high-speed run around the 5.5-km track, which gave us the opportunity to sample both the 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre variants, as their new respective SkyActiv chassis.

Due to time constraints, our assessment of the vehicles were only limited to their performance (outright acceleration, gear shift characteristics, and braking), handling, and the improved G-Vectoring Control Plus. To find out how the cars fared, be sure to watch our first drive video above.

To recap, the 2019 Mazda 3 is fully imported from Japan. Three variants are available, starting with the 1.5, 2.0 High, and 2.0 High Plus, priced at RM139,620, RM150,059 and RM160,059 respectively. Included in the price is a five-year/100,000 km warranty, five-year/100,000 free maintenance package, as well as SkyTint security window tint.

GALLERY: 2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.0L High Plus

GALLERY: 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan 2.0L High Plus

GALLERY: 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan 1.5L