Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 10th Report
25 February 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
On the farm
|Category:|| Lower medium|
|P11D price:|| £18,260|
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus|
Curious or nervous front passengers travel in ignorance, blissful or otherwise, as they cannot monitor the Mazda 3's speed due to a cowled speedo dial not being visible much below an academic 100mph, at which point comment would be advisable.
This advice should be followed particularly at the start of trips as, for all the car's active and passive safety, including six airbags, there is a quirk as several minutes and potentially a mile or two elapse before front seat occupants receive an audible warning that they have forgotten to belt up.
|Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||45.0mpg|
|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||Stops as well as it goes|
|Negative||Badly placed handbrake|
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