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Mazda Mazda3 review

£29,725
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

That right-sizing strategy means engine choice is centred around a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre turbodiesel. There’s a 1.5-litre petrol option too, but its pricing, emissions and economy are so close to the larger engine that Mazda clearly isn’t intending to sell many. The 2.2-litre diesel delivers 148bhp and 280lb ft of torque, and feels rather petrol-like in its enthusiasm for revs, yet it still gives diesel-like returns on economy and emissions. It doesn’t have to work as hard as the petrol engines either, which gives you more time to enjoy the 3’s very capable chassis.

And it really is right up with the class best for control and enjoyment, giving bored Ford Focus owners a new alternative. The wide track means that, even on the twistiest of tarmac, the 3 feels stable and roll-free, while its steering is well-weighted, quick and accurate. There’s little trade off in ride comfort for the 3’s agility either, Mazda’s engineers having achieved that oh-so-tricky balance of comfort and joy.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV 100th Anniversary Edition 5dr
  • 0-628.2s
  • CO2103.0g/km
  • BHP180
  • MPG
  • Price£29,725

the cheapest

Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV 100th Anniversary Edition 5dr
  • 0-628.2s
  • CO2103.0g/km
  • BHP180
  • MPG
  • Price£29,725

the greenest

Mazda 3 1.5d SE-L Nav 5dr
  • 0-6211s
  • CO299.0g/km
  • BHP105
  • MPG74.3
  • Price£N/A

Variants We Have Tested

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