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After eight months in our custody the Mazda 3 still gains second glances with its sculpted good looks.However, its form does have some negatives. For example, the thick rear three-quarter pillars restrict over-the-shoulder vision at junctions, where extra care is required, and the hefty aft overhang highlights the lack of standard parking sensors.Solidly built and minus rattles despite Oxfordshire's increasing pothole-littered roads, the 3's fuel economy has been dented by one snowy, sludgy week spent commuting into and out of Reading. Over that period it tumbled to 40mpg, but a return to more varied running has maintained the 45mpg average, a reasonable 7mpg shy of the official combined official figures. The computer, though, insists on registering an indulgently optimistic 50.5mpg.
Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual Mileage 8109 Claimed combined
52.3mpg Our average consumption 45.0mpg P11D price £18,260 Model price range £13,500 -£21,500 CO2 (tax) 144g/km/19% BIK 20/40% per month £58/£116 Service interval 12,500mls Insurance group 10E Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls Boot space (min/max) 300/1360 litres Engine size/power 2184cc/150PS Top speed/0-62mph 127mph/9.2secs 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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