Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 14th Report
14 May 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
|Category:|| Lower medium|
|P11D price:|| £18,260|
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus|
A garage-clearing trip to the skip has demonstrated why Japanese manufacturer Mazda opted not to produce a 3 estate.
With the rear seat backrests flipped easily forward, the rear hatch consumed all manner of previously indispensable stuff, which has now been dispensed with.
Visual evidence of this practical application of the nominal 1360-litre capacity is, however, unavailable because the high-tech dump's resident jobsworth insisted that taking photographs was verboten on health and safety grounds.
|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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