This Mazda3 comes with Hill hold assist, Rear parking sensor, Cruise control, Bluetooth, Auxiliary input socket, DAB Digital radio, Single play CD/radio with MP3 compatability, USB/iPod connection, Rain and light sensors, Rain sensing front wipers
Diesel 68.9 combined MPG
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Great family hatchback with features ti make your drive better and has sat nav. please note mileage will change
CO2: 107 g/km
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* Price does not include road fund license
2 speed rear wiper, 3 speed front intermittent wipe and electric wash, Electric front/rear windows, Electric heated rear glass window, Privacy glass, Rain and light sensors, Rain sensing front wipers
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution, Active Traction Control (TRC), Electronic parking brake, Emergency brake assist, Emergency stop signal system, Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
Dynamic stability control
Bluetooth system, Mobile App interface
Cruise control, Electric hydraulic power assisted steering, Hill hold assist, Rear parking sensor
Remote fuel cap release
'Lights On' warning buzzer, 7" touch screen, Colour satellite navigation, Digital clock, Digital exterior temperature gauge, Internet access with app integration, Multi function display, Service indicator, Tachometer, Trip computer
Auto dimming interior mirror, Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors with integral indicators, Electric folding door mirrors
Piano black interior trim
Diesel particulate filter
6 speakers, Auxiliary input socket, DAB Digital radio, Single play CD/radio with MP3 compatability, USB/iPod connection
Exterior Body Features
Black grille with chrome surround, Body colour door handles, Body colour roof spoiler, Body colour side mouldings, Body coloured bumpers, Dual exhaust pipes, Shark fin roof aerial
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function, Bi-Xenon headlamp with auto levelling + Headlamp Wash, Dusk sensitive headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lights, LED rear lights
Dual zone climate control, Pollen filter
Auxilliary 12V power socket, Cigar lighter, Cloth upholstery, Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrest, Front centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders, Front door pockets, Front grab handles, Illuminated glovebox, Leather gearknob, Leather handbrake, Leather wrapped steering wheel, Rear centre armrest, Rear grab handles with coathooks, Silver interior door handles, Steering wheel audio controls, Sunglasses holder, Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Illuminated ashtray, Instrument panel light dimmer, Interior courtesy light, Luggage compartment lighting, Welcome mode lighting
3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners, 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR, Crash sensor, Driver and passenger airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front side airbags, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Seatbelt reminder front and rear, Tyre pressure monitoring system
5 headrests, 60/40 split rear seat back, Driver seat lumbar adjustment, Driver's seat height adjustment, Heated front seats, Isofix child seat attachment, Passenger seat back pocket, Passenger seat height adjuster
Deadlocking system, Immobiliser, Remote central door locking, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Driver's vanity mirror with cover/ticket holder, Illuminated vanity mirrors, Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Wheels - Alloy
16" alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre repair kit
|Badge Engine CC:||2.2|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Series:||SE-L Nav|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||21E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||93|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||86|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||65|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||81|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||12500|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||N|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||86|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||94.3|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||68.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||78.5|
|EC Urban (mpg):||57.6|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.1|
|Engine Power - BHP:||150|
|Engine Power - KW:||110|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||4500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||280|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||38.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||380|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1800|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/60 R16|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/60 R16|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||16" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2053|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||51|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1910|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1263|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||364|
|Max. Loading Weight:||515|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1500|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.4|
The Mazda3 is a car that has underachieved. The latest version looks set to comprehensively rectify that issue. Jonathan Crouch reports.
You need real talent to succeed in the family hatchback sector these days, particularly if you want to make up ground on cars as good as Ford's Focus and Volkswagen's Golf. Does the fourth generation Mazda3 have exactly that? The signs are good: eye-catching looks, cutting-edge engines and one of the best cabins in the segment number amongst the highlights.
The development engineer who led up the project to create this car, Kota Beppu, says the MK4 version of this Mazda3 will appeal to 'free spirits'. The sort of person perhaps who might want something stylish and interesting in this class but doesn't want quality or engineering compromises. Think of a car of this type as good to drive as a Ford Focus, as good inside as a Volkswagen Golf and as good to look at as an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. That's what Mazda was aiming at. So many other brands have started out in this sector with similar objectives but we can't help wondering whether this Mazda hasn't nailed them here.
Mazda is offering a choice of three engines. Most sales will be based around either a 122PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit (now a mild hybrid) or a conventional 1.8-litre 116ps Skyactiv-D diesel. The third option is the brand's more advanced Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine, a 182PS supercharged unit which runs on petrol but uses a combination of spark ignition and compression ignition to deliver, Mazda claims, the driver appeal of a petrol unit along with the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel. This Skyactiv-X powerplant is able to switch from compression ignition, which best suits day-to-day driving, to a form of spark ignition, generally when the engine is started from cold or the driver demands maximum power at high revs. The 'X' engine comes paired with four wheel drive for our market, but as you might expect, the cost of all this technology makes it a pricey choice. Most UK customers will choose the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G variant, though the diesel is also worth a look. That Skyactiv-D black pump derivative makes 62mph from rest in 10.3s en route to 121mph. Mazda has put a great deal of effort in developing the sharp driving dynamics that characterised the previous generation model, though a relatively porky kerb weight - 1,350kgs even in the 1.8-litre petrol version, doesn't help here, nor does it really fit with the whole 'Skyactiv' 'less-is-more' ethos.
The Japanese have finally realised that a car of this kind really has to visually stand out - or Mazda has anyway. And sure enough, the hatch and saloon versions of this fourth generation Mazda3 will certainly make an impression in a car park full of Focuses, Astras and Golfs. The company's ridiculously-named 'Kodo' design language has been evolved into something really elegant here, with a low nose, elegant panel shaping and a sloping roof line that flows neatly into the rear screen. It's quite different from the angular styling of a comparable Ford or Volkswagen and could be almost said to have a 'premium' feel. The interior is even better. There are smart materials crafted with interesting design and button clutter has been well and truly banished. Does any car in the class have a better cabin that this? That's a bold statement but the Mazda designers have set an impressive standard here. It certainly makes the cabin of a Ford Focus feel pretty low-rent. One of the brand's problems in recent years has been the provision of rather small centre-dash screens but in this case, there's a big, clear 8.8-inch display on top of the dash nicely angled towards the driver. And there's a lower rotary controller for it so you don't have to stab away at inexact touchscreen functionality in the kind of way that's necessary with many rival set-ups. We're not quite so impressed by the level of interior space. There are much bigger rear seats in this class and the boot is smaller than before, offering just 295-litres of space - not much for a car in this class.
From launch, pricing was pitched from just under £21,000 to around £28,000. You can talk to your dealer about either a five-door hatchback body style or a Saloon variant and there are five trim levels - 'SE-L', 'SE-L Lux', 'Sport Lux', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. All are generously equipped, with features like a windscreen projecting colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights. Every model in the line-up also features navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight speaker audio system. From 'SE-L Lux' trim onwards, highlights include a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and heated front seats, while 'Sport Lux'-spec sees the cabin enhanced with additional chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror and rear privacy glass. 'GT Sport' trim sees the introduction of black leather seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and a Bose audio set-up, while the range-topping 'GT Sport Tech' variants feature a suite of additional active safety equipment, including a 360o camera and Driver Attention Alert with an interior camera. Offered exclusively on the hatchback, Mazda's newest paint colour 'Polymetal Grey' makes its debut with this car. 'SE-L' and SE-L Lux cars feature 16-inch silver wheels, while from 'Sport Lux' trim onwards, 18-inch Grey Metallic wheels, rear privacy glass and piano black window garnish distinguish higher grade models.
The 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D diesel version, according the WLTP combined figures, manages 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit has cylinder deactivation which switches the car to a couple of cylinders under light-to-mid throttle loads. Plus the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G variant incorporates Mazda's 'M Hybrid 24V' system. This mild-hybrid set-up improves fuel economy by recycling recovered kinetic energy. A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) converts the energy in the 600kJ lithium-ion battery, while the DC-DC converter supplies it to the car's electrical equipment. As a result, this mainstream petrol unit manages 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2. We should also mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile package. If you want to extend that, you can do so via optional 'Essential', 'Elite' and 'Complete' plans. Included in the standard package is a three year paintwork warranty and 12 years of anti-perforation cover. In addition, there's a 'Mazda Accident Aftercare' scheme which sees the company liaise with your insurer after an accident, making sure that you have access to a courtesy car if you need one and ensuring that all repairs are carried out to full Mazda standards.
Mazda's been bold with this car and we can't help hoping that this strategy will pay off. This is a model that's never achieved the success it really ought to have had - but deserves to now. True, it may not be one of those family hatchbacks that grab you on first acquaintance, but the longer you spend with one, the more you appreciate the depth of thought that's clearly been put into the design of the things that matter; like the classy cabin, the and exemplary infotainment system and the hi-tech equipment. True, it's not the car you'd choose if family practicality was a priority. Aesthetics have clearly been prioritised here; that sloping roof does affect rear seat room and boot space. But the stylised lines that come with that swept-back silhouette will probably make you feel good about switching to a Mazda3. And that could matter more.
Mazda hatches never used to be particularly accomplished. This fourth generation Mazda3 is different. June Neary reports
Back in the eighties, Mazda hatches used to be the automotive equivalent of white goods. You bought a 323 if you had no interest in motoring but wanted a reliable scoot that your friends wouldn't laugh at. These days, those sort of tactics aren't anything like enough to cut the mustard in the cut-throat family hatch sector and Mazda's current foray into this market, the fourth generation Mazda3, is a whole lot more accomplished. I even caught a few passers by giving it the rubber neck treatment, such is its sleek styling. The car I looked at was a 1.8-litre diesel model and it seemed very well built. It's the sort of car I like - good looking but not showy, with five door practicality, promising keen reliability and not averse to showing its playful side.
If you've ever driven the current generation Mazda6, you'll feel at home in the 3, as many of the design themes seem quite similar. From the outside, this car is certainly very sharp-looking in either five-door hatch or saloon forms. There's the same smart family face that's sported by the Mazda6 and the CX-5, with a low nose, elegant panel shaping and a sloping roof line that flows neatly into the rear screen. I was keen though, to see what changes Mazda had made to the interior, which felt a little plasticky in the previous generation model. The answer is that a step forward has been made, smart materials crafted with interesting design, plus button clutter has been well and truly banished. There's a big, clear 8.8-inch display on top of the dash nicely angled towards the driver. And there's a lower rotary controller for it so you don't have to stab away at inexact touchscreen functionality in the kind of way that's necessary with many rival set-ups. I wasn't quite so impressed by the level of interior space. There are much bigger rear seats in this class and the boot is smaller than before, offering just 295-litres of space - not much for a car in this class. The seat fabric also seemed hard wearing - and resistant to chocolate stains!
Mazda has paid great attention to the 3's chassis rigidity and steering in pursuit of a sporty driving experience. The Mazda3 has always been a fun car to drive, its outright talent perhaps a little masked by heavily-assisted steering, but it now has more feedback and feels less like a PlayStation game. The gearbox snicks from cog to cog with a slicker action. And refinement has taken a useful step forward. There are three engine options, all of which are designed around Mazda's SkyActiv technology. Most sales will be based around either a 122PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit (now a mild hybrid) or a conventional 1.8-litre 116ps Skyactiv-D diesel. The third option is the brand's more advanced Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine, a 182PS supercharged unit which runs on petrol but uses a combination of spark ignition and compression ignition to deliver, Mazda claims, the driver appeal of a petrol unit along with the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel. This Skyactiv-X powerplant is able to switch from compression ignition, which best suits day-to-day driving, to a form of spark ignition, generally when the engine is started from cold or the driver demands maximum power at high revs. The 'X' engine comes paired with four wheel drive for our market, but as you might expect, the cost of all this technology makes it a pricey choice.
Pricing sits mainly in the £21,000 to £28,000 bracket and the Mazda3 is offered as a five-door hatchback or a four-door saloon. Conquest sales will largely come from mainstream marques, with the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra, the Renault Megane and the Peugeot 308 being most comparable. Buyers choose between five trim levels - 'SE-L', 'SE-L Lux', 'Sport Lux', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. All are generously equipped, with features like a windscreen projecting colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights. Every model in the line-up also features navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight speaker audio system. From 'SE-L Lux' trim onwards, highlights include a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and heated front seats, while 'Sport Lux'-spec sees the cabin enhanced with additional chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror and rear privacy glass. 'GT Sport' trim sees the introduction of black leather seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and a Bose audio set-up, while the range-topping 'GT Sport Tech' variants feature a suite of additional active safety equipment, including a 360o camera and Driver Attention Alert with an interior camera.
It would be difficult to find anybody who'd have an issue with this Mazda3. It's a very versatile, all-things-to-all-people sort of car that never lapses into blandness. If I was delving into my own pocket, I'd probably choose the 2.0-litre petrol car as it offers a competitive upfront price versus the diesel model. Having said that, if you're planning to keep your Mazda3 for a very long time or rack up interstellar mileages, the diesel option may work out more cost effective. Whichever model you choose, it's hard to pick a meaningful Achilles heel.
Mr David Tiffany - 31/01/2019, owner of a Mazda 3 Hatchback Se Nav D
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Mr Ivan Curtis - 01/08/2018, owner of a Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.0 Sport Nav 5dr Auto
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Mr Robert Cleobury-Jones - 05/08/2018, owner of a Mazda 3 Fastback Se-L Nav Auto
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