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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 17th Report

Date: 02 July 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

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

After 11 months with our otherwise well-specified Mazda 3, the lack of rear parking sensors and satellite navigation continues to rankle, particularly as they are standard on equivalent 2.0-litre petrol Sports models.

This reflects the ongoing diesel-pricing penalty. It was no consolation recently when the 3's ample bumpers came perilously close to dinging a neighbour's pride and joy after I transferred from another product equipped with proximity warning parking aids and forgot to make my own sensory checks. Car in gear, brain in neutral, brakes worked.

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