The Mazda3 1.6 TS2 is powered by Mazda's second generation inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 1.6 litre MZR engine which produces 105 PS enabling the Mazda3 1.6 TS2 to accelerate from 0-62mph in 11 seconds and continue to a top speed of 114 mph.
How It Drove - Performance
The Mazda3 1.6 TS2 is powered by Mazda's second generation inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 1.6 litre MZR engine which produces 105 PS enabling the Mazda3 1.6 TS2 to accelerate from 0-62mph in 11 seconds and continue to a top speed of 114 mph. If you prefer a more enthusiastic drive we would recommend the Mazda3 2.0 Sport Review which has a 0-62 mph time of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.
As you would expect of Mazda the engine is particularly quiet and refined - so much so that when you come to a halt at a road junction you may think that the car has stalled. Power delivery is smooth and and designed to deliver ample low-end torque which results in a spirited and enjoyable drive. Fuel economy is good with the 1.6 TS2 model returning 39.2 mpg on an urban cycle with CO2 emissions of 172 g/km.
The standard five-speed gearbox is superb and each gear change was smooth and precise making it a joy to change up and down through the gears - the drive was bordering on athletic with plenty of pulling power even in 5th gear. The 1.6 litre Activematic - is available with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission and is available in both hatchback and saloon versions.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The Mazda3's ride is fluid on all road surfaces and the power steering is direct and well-weighted. Mazda have created an exceptionally stable car with excellent driving dynamics and exceptional levels of grip. The overall ride is both reassuring and firm and you do feel in touch with the road surface. In our opinion this is not a problem as the Mazda3 rewards you with an exhilarating driving experience. Road noise is apparant on all surfaces but is not intrusive.
The Mazda3's agile front wheel drive chassis has been tuned to offer a balance between handling stability and ride comfort. The 1.6 TS2 model is equipped with standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and TCS (Traction Control System) which are designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during acceleration, cornering and avoidance manoeuvres.
All-round disc brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) are standard on the TS2 model and ensure that the Mazda3 brakes reassuringly well.
Mazda Mazda3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda Mazda3 1.6 TS2|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11 Seconds|
|Top Speed||114 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-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|