2019 Mazda 3 GVC Plus Test: Liftback 2L vs Sedan 1.5L

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  1. Tom

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    2019 Mazda 3 GVC Plus Test: Liftback 2L vs Sedan 1.5L

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    Eerily peaceful is what the Mazda 3 felt like through the slalom. At constant throttle without lifting for the next cone, GVC Plus worked surprisingly well to accentuate grip and subdue understeer.



    The actual application is very subtle but it's there. Also sounds like black magic whenever someone tries to explain how GVC works. The only thing you need to know about GVC is it helps the car corner better by automatically cutting power at turn-in, to induce frontal grip and even continues regulating power throughout the corner to retain a consistent lateral G for maximum uninterruptedness.

    GVC is created to manage bad driving basically. It takes the effort away from the driver and he / she will have no clue it is working in the background, perpetually monitoring steering input and intercepts instantly, ever so gently to reduce spikes in G forces especially at the corners.

    The latest GVC Plus in the Mazda 3 adds on braking, for the purpose of stabilising the car in between direction changes or when steering away from an obstacle. This is done by gently braking the outer wheels as the steering returns to center position.
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    Sounds scary that the machine is actively on your throttle, when you take a corner. Isnt that taking the driver out of the drive?
     
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    Wouldn't say scary, more like if it would be intrusive. But thankfully it wasn't, if much at the autocross course and the circuit (video later). However it wasn't an all out drive and no clear lap so I can't say for certain if it could negatively impact lap times
     
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    Don't think Mazda would consider their buyers of Mazda3 will take this car for hot lapping at the track. I test driven the previous gen M3 (pun intended), it wasn't that "zoom zoom" for my liking, may be i am just have higher taste for FR cars. However for average drivers, its not a bad car to live with.

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    People are bitching about the C pillar on the hatch... I like it. Wonder about the visibility..but you have blind spot assist..shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    I'd think the new 3 will drive pretty sweet on the road, it has that small yet mature BMW 118i vibe to it. But yet to try it on the road so let's see
     
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    Didn't bother me at the circuit test for sure, don't think the C pillar will be a PITA for seasoned drivers anyway. But I like the massive C pillar
     
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