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