Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 8th Report
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 consumption||45.6mpg|
|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||Dependability and long |
range fuel economy
|Negative||Lack of cabin class|