We’ve settled Malaysia’s super-popular B-segment (Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera) and D-segment (Nissan Teana vs Honda Accord vs Kia Optima K5) markets so far this season, and now it’s time for the middle-class battle. So, Mazda 3 vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Kia Cerato. Which one will come out on top?

There’s no doubt that the C-segment class is a shrinking one. With both the B- and D segments expanding their reaches, there’s now too small a gap between them for this class of cars to prosper. But that just means that they would have to try harder to stand out, right? And try hard they all did.

The Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan is undoubtedly the crowd favourite here, with its stylish looks, sporting appeal and fuel-saving SkyActiv engine and gearbox combo. But is all that enough to see off Toyota’s rejuvenated Corolla Altis 2.0V and our champion last year, the Kia Cerato 2.0? Watch the episode above to find out.

Shocking, isn’t it? But that’s just the way it is: Driven Web Series will choose the best choice there is – minus all the hype and brand stigmas.

Stay tuned to paultan.org for all things motoring, and remember to catch our next episode. Getting up to Genting Highlands with just RM10 worth of fuel? Yes, it’s possible with the right choice of cars. Find out our picks next week :)