Mazda3 MPS Sports Aero Review (2007)

Mazda3 MPS

Mazda Mazda3 Review

Mazda3 MPS Sports Aero Review | Part TwoMazda3 MPS Sports Aero Road Test

The Mazda3 covers a wide range of engines and performance.

The Mazda3 covers a wide range of engines and performance. At one end of the scale, there’s the 1.4 S priced at around £11,430. It’s a perfectly nice 5-door hatchback - capable, comfortable and with reasonable performance.

Alternatively, Customers could dig a bit deeper into their pockets, in search of a further £8,065, which is almost enough to buy a Mazda2, or more sensibly, exactly enough to order a Mazda3 MPS Sports Aero.

I say ‘order’ because the UK’s allocation of these ‘hot hatches’ is limited to 1,000 units during 2007. Mazda expects that around 70 per cent of buyers will opt for the more overt styling of the fully-fitted, Sports Aero Kit, which adds £500 to the basic £18,995 list price.

The kit comprises an even larger ‘Mazdaspeed’, rear spoiler, two-spoke sports door mirrors and Eibach lowered suspension. If the name ‘Eibach’ means nothing, don’t worry - suffice to say that the suspension is very stiff and speed humps should be avoided wherever possible.

Of course, in order to get the most out of the Mazda3 MPS and retain the smile on your face, it might be necessary to move to Germany, home of the derestricted autobahns. A little drastic perhaps but the Zoom-Zoom, Mazda3 MPS houses a 2.3-litre, direct-injection-spark ignition (DISI) engine, which would be a shame to waste. It is turbo-charged and capable of producing 260PS at 5,500rpm (that’s just over 256bhp, in old money) and 380Nm (280lb ft) at 3,000rpm. It takes just 6.1 seconds to reach 62mph from standstill and the top speed is limited to 155mph.

Mazda3 MPS Sports Aero Review | Part TwoMazda3 MPS Sports Aero Road Test
Mazda Mazda3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda Mazda3 MPS With Sports Aero Kit
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourCosmic Blue Mica
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.1 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban20.9 mpg
Extra Urban37.7 mpg
Combined29.1 mpg
Insurance Group17
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 05/08/07)£19,495 OTR

The information contained within this Mazda 3 review may have changed since publication on the 5 August 2007. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mazda dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019