The boot of the Mazda3 saloon is relatively large at 413 litres and should you wish you can fold down the rear seats on 60/40 split basis (the seats can be locked to protect the boot) to form a flat deck which increases the load carrying capacity.
The boot of the Mazda3 saloon is relatively large at 413 litres and should you wish you can fold down the rear seats on 60/40 split basis (the seats can be locked to protect the boot) to form a flat deck which increases the load carrying capacity, although the aperture of the boot and boot lip may restrict some loads. Although you lose the flexibility of a hatchback you do gain the security of a boot.
All Mazda3's feature MAIDAS ( Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System) Mazda’s unique Triple-H design, which delivers a safe and strong passenger cell that resists impact deformation and disperses impact energy in all possible crash scenarios.
There are front, side and curtain airbags along with front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters. All-round disc brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) are standard but the Takara does not have (DSC) Dynamic Stability Control which really should be standard. There is an indicator which reminds all passengers to put their seatbelts on and it also shows if they have unbuckled their belts.
Thoughtfully the Mazda3 Takara is fitted with a 6-Disc CD changer with auxiliary input for your mp3 player or iPod. Although this is not the Bose premium system that the Mazda3 sport models are blessed with, it is very capable of entertaining all but the fussiest of audiophiles.
Build quality seemed up to the job, everything seemed well screwed together. We liked the piano black trim and the seat fabric seemed very hard wearing.
Looking more like the outgoing Mazda6, in some ways the Mazda3 Takara saloon is better looking than the Hatchback but of course that is subjective.
The Mazda3 Takara saloon probably won’t set the world on fire but it is a perfectly sensible family car. It handles well and there is plenty of space for a family of five with the advantage of a secure boot. Therefore we recommend that you take a look at Mazda3 Takara and should you prefer it is also available as a hatchback.1 June 2008
Mazda Mazda3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda Mazda3 1.6 Takara|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Aurora Blue Mica|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||114 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 01/06/08)||£13,495 (Test car £13,870 includes £375 Mica Paint)|