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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 14th Report

Date: 14 May 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Empty boot
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 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