The Mazda 3 is in great demand especially with contract hire and leasing companies
The Mazda 3 is in great demand especially with contract hire and leasing companies. Peter Allibon the fleet and remarketing director for Mazda UK said "We are winning significant conquest business with Mazda3 as company car drivers switch from other brands". He added "having a sub 120g/km car in the range delivering low benefit-in-kind tax bills and first class fuel economy (62.8 mpg on the combined cycle) has been crucial to building Mazda3 demand." The Mazda 3 119g/km CO2 model and specifically the TS2 trim level derivative which costs £17,355 on-the-road has contributed to total fleet registrations of Mazda3 almost doubling to 849 units in March (462 registrations in March 2009).
The current 20-model Mazda3 saloon and hatchback line-up, which was launched in May last year, costs from £13,930 on-the-road for the 1.6 S and comprises a choice of three petrol engines, three diesel engines and five equipment levels. Standard equipment on the Mazda3 includes dynamic stability Control,traction Control System, six airbags, remote central locking, manual air-conditioning, welcome mode lighting and an MP3 compatible audio system with four speakers.
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 isnt 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.