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Mazda 3 (2011-13)

Overall Rating

4 stars

The Mazda3 has been refreshed significantly on the outside and is a much more appealing car to look at. Increased spec and fuel efficient engines.

For
  • Good looking style, much improved
  • Improved interior
  • Better spec
Against
  • Sporty exterior hides a sensible car
  • Not particularly spacious inside
  • Lacks dealer network of rivals
Road Test

The Mazda3 has a new five-door hatchback has more muscular visual appeal with a new face, new rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, there are new materials and colours, improved ease-of-use for the driver, new equipment and a quieter cabin. Mazda have replaced the previous silver colour of the lower dashboard console with black, and ringed the dials and controls most used by the driver in satin-polish silver. Specs have been improved with the entry-level S model manual air-conditioning and electric front windows, TS models have dual-zone climate control, TS2 specification adds a heated windscreen and integrated Bluetooth® hands-free system, Sport derivatives are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and a Bose® audio system with 10 speakers, and Sport Nav models have a fully integrated, satellite navigation system. Two Mazda3 Tamura models are available with a sports styling pack, front fog lights and unique 17-inch black gloss diamond cut alloy wheels. Two 115ps 1.6D Sport and Sport Nav diesel models have been added to range. The 1.6 diesel has been hugely popular and the 2.2 diesel with 185ps is still the highest power C-segment diesel model. The introduction of the more sporty exterior, more premium interior and two new Sport models with the 1.6 diesel for 2012, plus worthwhile fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reductions.

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Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

0 stars
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