Mazda3 Hatchback

The new Mazda3 is built on all the best qualities of its predecessors which have been further refined from the experience and attributes of the new generation Mazda line-up.

The Mazda3 represents a fresh alternative in a crowded and competitive segment that is dominated by volume manufacturers, a segment where customers want more than the standard car. They want an involving drive, quality and durability – attributes that the Mazda3 has in abundance.

The new Mazda3 hatchback introduces unmistakable Mazda styling and a high level of build quality to the C-Segment and offers a car that is both fun and functional. The outstanding attributes of both hatchback and saloon versions combine to deliver a unique combination of sporty exterior design, outstanding dynamic performance, a high level of build quality, a large flexible interior and one of the segment’s best safety packages.

Mazda3 possesses one of the segment’s best safety packages with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners and load-limiters, and collapsible steering column and brake pedal.

Taking the standard specification into account versus its closest rivals the Mazda3 is extremely well equipped to rival the best of the C-Segment. And that is before taking into consideration the excellent overall whole life costs helped by class leading insurance group ratings from 3E to 8E, efficient engines, extended service intervals and low cost replacement parts.

Mazda3 has excellent fuel economy thanks to clean, efficient engines producing low emissions. The Mazda3 hatchback with 1.4-litre petrol engine returns 39.8 mpg on the official combined fuel cycle and has a CO2 emissions figure of 169 g/km. The 1.6-litre engine with manual transmission in hatchback and saloon returns 39.2 mpg with CO2 emissions of 172 g/km.

The 1.6-litre automatic returns 36.2 mpg for the saloon and 35.3 mpg for the hatchback with CO2 emissions of 186 g/km and 191 g/km respectively. The 2.0-litre hatchback and saloon models with manual transmission return 34.4 mpg and both have a CO2 emissions figure of 196 g/km.

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Published : 18/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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