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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 6th Report

Date: 17 November 2009   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Side mirror
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £18,260
Key rival: Ford Focus

Little things please or rankle when spending large amounts of time with a car.

Press-button folding mirrors on the 3 have been a boon in both narrow Devon lanes and city mews, while automatic lights provide another positive, even if they have a Swedish all-day tendency to remain on long after dawn or when emerging from canopies of trees.

Whatever pedestrian protection rating Mazda's designers engineered into the hatch they probably did not envisage people walking into their stationary car. But two small-ish children suffered (separate) head-banging, close encounters with the protruding clear rear light clusters, which from certain angles are almost transparent. Litigation is not pending.

Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual
Mileage4957
Claimed combined consumption52.3mpg
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
Warranty3yrs/60,000mls
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?
PositiveDriving appeal,
improving economy
NegativeEquipment versus
petrol Sport model



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