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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 4th Report

Date: 09 October 2009   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Air vent
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 consumption45.3mpg
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