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