Mazda 3

Mazda 3 Motability carThe Mazda 3 is a five door hatchback and a four door saloon that has been picking up awards since its launch in January 2015, it reached the podium of both the World Car of the Year award losing out to the Audi A3 and to the BMW i3 at the World Car Design award.  This is a car that knocks the spots off the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus when it comes to looks, the long bonnet and sweeping lines give it a sporty yet commanding feel. The ‘SkyActive engineering technology’ Mazda adopts across its new cars focuses on high-tech manufacturing methods and reduced numbers of components to save weight and improve efficiency and agility, which is more than a gimmick, the Mazda 3 is a great drive and the engines are frugal and punchy. The Mazda 3 Hatchback with its sloping back and small rear window amazingly manages to give 364 litres of boot space but is without doubt the younger sibling to the more sensible Fastback (419 litres boot space) which in turn looks like it will grow up to be a Mazda 6.

 

Mazda 3 Motability car interiorThree main trim grade split the Mazda 3 range: kicking off at SE, then SE-L, the top-spec is Sport, while adding sat-nav to your car upgrades it to a ‘Nav’ variant. Mazda fits a seven-inch tablet-style touchscreen as standard across the range along with air conditioning, all electric windows, 16″ alloy wheels, bluetooth phone integration and a start/stop button. If you move up to the SE-L you add Bi-xenon headlights, front and rear LED’s, privacy glass, cruise control, climate control, rear parking sensors and heated front seats. The range topping Sport has 18″ alloy wheels, Sat Nav as standard, front and rear parking sensors and a marvellous ‘Heads up’ display that can even be programmed to show navigational information.

 

Mazda 3 Hatchback Motability car

Two engines are available a 2.0 litre petrol engine with 118bhp that can reach 62 in 8.9 seconds and return 55.4 miles to the gallon. Unusually in modern engines these do not have a turbo charger fitted which Mazda claim makes the fuel consumption figures more realistic, which does appear to be the case though without the boost from the turbo you need to be in a lower gear and rev the car a little harder to make sprightly progress. In sport trim the option exists to have a 165 bhp 2.0 litre petrol that cuts the tape in 8.2 seconds and returns 48.2 mpg. The 2.2 litre diesel is very frugal returning 68.9 miles per gallon and is fast enough to reach 62 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds, this engine and the 118bhp petrol are available as torque convertor automatics.

The Mazda 3 is a top quality car, both in design and in build quality, the frugal petrol engines makes for super value, definitely one to put on your shortlist in either sporty hatchback form or the more ‘grown up’ Fastback.

Sadly the 2.2 Diesel is not avaialble (again) this Quarter. Neither is the 4 door Fastback.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Mazda 3 SE-L ‘Nav’ 2.0 (118 bhp) Petrol Manual Hatchback  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£299 (£61.40 wpms) in Sport Nav trim

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Mazda 3 SE-L ‘Nav’ 2.0 (118 bhp) Petrol Automatic Hatchback  –  £399 Advance Payment (£62.07 wpms)

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