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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 8th Report

Date: 25 January 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

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

If you must endure a wet, dark and congested midweek M25 with interminable road works, as I have had to due to collecting my daughter's uni halls' clobber, then the Mazda 3 cabin is a good place to be.

An undistinguished daytime interior comes over all soothing and tranquil at night with muted blue and orange instrumentation, while the sound system controls pulse blue when adjusting the excellent Bose stereo (I use the steering wheel-mounted controls). The supportive 'Sport' spec seats did not inflict any pain in the back, either, and activating cruise control to abide by the 50mph limit brings the indicated consumption down by several mpg.

Mazda 3 2.2d 150PS Sport 5-door manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption45.6mpg
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?
PositiveDependability and long
range fuel economy
NegativeLack of cabin class