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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda 3 - 9th Report

Date: 03 February 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

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

The Mazda 3 continues to demonstrate all-round competence, including the ability to handle wintry road conditions.

The 150PS of muscular diesel power and 17-inch wheels may not seem the ideal combination for packed snow and patches of ice, but a sensitive right foot and communicative steering kept man and machine pointing in the right direction most of the time. It underlines how well Mazda's development team has harnessed what is basically the next-generation Focus chassis, allowing judicious application of seamless power to make progress in low-adhesion conditions. The flickering yellow symbol on the instrument panel indicated regular and thankfully early intervention of traction control, while the heated windscreen element deals rapidly with external overnight ice and inhibits internal misting up - all of which helps corporate drivers carry on doing business within obvious driving safety parameters.

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