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Mazda 3 TS2 1.6D 5dr: Test Drive Review

Date: 02 June 2009   |   Author: Tony Rock

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £16,870
Key rival: Ford Focus

Mazda has made a big effort to improve economy and emissions in its new 3, and nowhere is this more evident than in the 109PS 1.6-litre diesel version.

The five-door hatch ducks below the critical 121g/km BIK mark, emitting 119g/km of CO2. That qualifies it for the 13% BIK band, five percentage points lower than the outgoing equivalent 1.6, which emits 128g/km. Economy is up 3.9mpg to 62.8mpg.

KwikCarcost predicts the 3 will cost 35.5ppm to run, which is cheaper than the Peugeot 308 (38.0ppm), Ford Focus (39.7ppm), and Vauxhall Astra Ecoflex (40.6ppm). That's largely down to an impressive 39.3% residual value figure.

On the road, the 1.6 engine could do with a few more PS, but once it gets going there is enough power for comfortable overtaking, while inside everything is well assembled - which makes the 3 a good all-round package.

Mazda 3 TS2 1.6D 5dr
P11D price£16,870
Model price range£13,500-£19,900
Fuel consumption62.8mpg
CO2 (tax) 119g/km/(13%)
BIK 20/40% per month£37/£73
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 5e
Boot space (min/max)340/1360 litres
Engine size/power1560cc/109PS
Top speed/0-62mph115mph/11.0secs
On sale 18 May 2009
VerdictJudging by this 1.6,
Mazda could replicate
the 3’s retail form in fleet


Judging by this 1.6, Mazda could replicate the 3’s retail form in fleet