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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 2nd Report

Date: 11 August 2009   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Mazda 3
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £18,260
Key rival: Ford Focus

Our Mazda 3's pliant ride quality complements high standards of driving refinement and is not hindered by chunky 17-inch alloys.

More sensitive are the auto lights, and driving under even short canopies of trees activates the headlights, although the red backlit instruments are thankfully illuminated permanently, removing the problem of reflective sunlight.

Gaps between fuel stops are lengthening as the Mazda's average consumption edges up to 44.5mpg, even if I frequently snag the floor-mounted filler cap release lever when clambering out of the 3.

Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual
Claimed combined consumption52.3 mpg
Our average consumption43.3 mpg
P11D price£18,260
Model price range£13,500 -£21,500
CO2 (tax) 144g/km/19%
BIK 20/40% per month£58/£116
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 10E
Boot space (min/max)300/1360 litres
Engine size/power2184cc/150PS
Top speed/0-62mph127mph/9.2secs
Why we’re running itCan it step up to its
class mark like the 6?
PositiveStrong street presence,
refinement and performance
NegativeInadequate spec compared
to petrol