Mazda3 Review (2005)

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The Mazda3 made its UK debut in January 2004 replacing the uninspiring Mazda 323.

The Mazda3 made its UK debut in January 2004 replacing the uninspiring Mazda 323. It shares the same platform as the Ford Focus C-MAX Review and Volvo's new S40 and V50 but do not be mistaken in thinking that the Mazda3 is just a re-hashed Ford Group offering, it is a distinctively different car. Available in both hatchback and saloon guises - uniquely the saloon was designed as a separate model, not the normal compromised re-design of the hatchback variant.

Many of the Mazda3's characteristics have been inherited from the Mazda6 and RX-8 and they all share the unmistakable Mazda family styling. The Mazda3 range encompasses both petrol and diesel variants and prices range from £10,800 for the 1.4 5d S to £15,750 for the 1.6 5dr TS2 Diesel (109ps).

Mazda claim that the Mazda3 is 'Engineered to work hard - Driven for sheer pleasure'. We tested the 1.6 5dr TS2 model to find out whether Mazda's Zoom, Zoom, Zoom philosophy is enough to make the Mazda3 a credible contender within the C-Segment which includes class leaders such as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.

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Mazda Mazda3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda Mazda Mazda3 1.6 TS2
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourVelocity Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11 Seconds
Top Speed 114 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban30.4 mpg
Extra Urban47.1 mpg
Combined39.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile warranty from date of registration with unlimited mileage in the first year
6-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year unlimited mileage paint and surface corrosion warranty
The Mazda 3-Year manufacturers warranty includes Mazda European Assistance
Price (when tested on the 10/05/05)£ 13,750

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