Mazda 3 2.0 Sport i-stop 5dr: Test Drive Report
19 February 2010
Category: Lower medium P11D price: £17,925 Key rival: Vauxhall Astra
Mazda has introduced its first stop-start system, fitting it to the 2.0-litre petrol version of its lower medium 3 model.
It's a significant move, because it takes the hatchback below 161g/km, which has capital allowance significance for both fleets buying outright or to the lease rate if that's the route of choice.
The stop-start system cuts the 3's emissions by 19% to 159g/km, putting it in the 19% benefit-in-kind tax band, and economy improves by 16% to 41.5mpg.
The 151hp 2.0-litre petrol engine is appealing, and Mazda hopes the emissions reductions will see some fleets turn back to petrol power.
The 3 is good looking, well-built and drives well, and for drivers looking for petrol power, the i-stop system is a welcome addition, especially given the car's emissions band.
Mazda 3 2.0 Sport i-stop 5dr P11D price £17,925 Model price range £14,730-£21,960 Fuel consumption 41.5mpg CO2 (tax) 159g/km (19%) BIK 20/40% per month £57/£114 Service interval 12,500mls Insurance group 9 Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls Boot space (min/max) 300/1360 litres Engine size/power 1999cc/151hp Top speed/0-62mph 128mph/10.4secs On sale Summer 2009 Score 7/10 Verdict Desirable, with good running costs.
Verdict Desirable, with good running costs.