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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 10th Report

Date: 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 consumption45.0mpg
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?
PositiveStops as well as it goes
NegativeBadly placed handbrake