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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 12th Report

Date: 06 April 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

On the driveway
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £18,260
Key rival: Ford Focus

Two features are making life in the 3 easier and more enjoyable.

Firstly, the Sports spec's front screen-clearing element accelerates frosty early morning departures and prevents steaming up on damp days. Result? Reduced hassle and for contact lens wearers less itchy eyes courtesy of reduced use of the ventilation fan. Secondly, the Bose sound system justifies its 'premium' tag, with refinement and low cabin sound levels not requiring the volume cranked up. It has two speakers that are high up the rear body pillars, avoiding annoying muffling when the hatch is loaded.

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