The latest Mazda 3 range offers three diesel engines and three petrols
The latest Mazda 3 range offers three diesel engines and three petrols. Improvements to emission levels and economy are felt across the range with the 2.2 litre diesel being particularly capable. The less powerful of these engines is actually ten percent more efficient than the 2.0 litre diesel in the old Mazda 3.
The latest Mazda 3 is more sophisticated and larger than its predecessor but it is lighter which will have a significant impact on running costs. The Mazda rides on a sophisticated chassis with MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi link arrangement at the rear.
The safety list on the Mazda 3 is comprehensive; standard on all models are ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and stability control. There is also front, side and curtain airbags. The steering on the Mazda 3 has been revised and it is weightier, the body has more bracing and stronger welds to stop if flexing through the corners and this makes a big difference when driving. Leg and headroom in the Mazda 3 are both generous to front and rear passengers although three adults in the back might become a bit uncomfortable after some time travelling. The boot is not massive but with the 60/40 split rear seats folder over to make a flat surface this more than doubles its usable space to 635 litres.
Prices for the Mazda 3 range start at £14,755 rising to £20,895.