Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 4th Report
09 October 2009
Author: Hugh Hunston
|Category:|| Lower medium|
|P11D price:|| £18,260|
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus|
The 3's efficient cabin is a civilized place.
Operating the "infotainment centre" does not require a degree in ergonomic second-guessing and the "premium" Bose sound system lives up to its name. Also, Mazda's emphasis on more muscular diesel engines pays dividends on country routes with less need for gear changing, cutting stress and consumption. However, low-level diesel chatter is infiltrating its way into the passenger compartment via the nearside ventilation duct (pictured), compromising a lack of mechanical noise.
|Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||45.3mpg|
|Model price range||£13,500 -£21,500|
|CO2 (tax) ||144g/km/19%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£58/£116|
|Boot space (min/max)||300/1360 litres|
|Why we’re running it||Can it step up to its |
class mark like the 6?
|Positive||Strong street presence, |
refinement and performance
|Negative||Inadequate spec |
compared to petrol