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Mazda MAZDA3 DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr

Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Stock Offer Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
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Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr
Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L Nav 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG68.90
  • 0-62mph8.1 secs
  • Top Speed130 mph
  • C02107 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque280 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

In past years, the Mazda 3 has rarely figured amongst the family hatchback sector's stronger offerings, despite the fact that over 4 million examples of this car are pounding global roads. In this improved third generation form though, it deserves far more careful consideration. The brand's latest 'SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS' 'G-Vectoring Control' system improves the handling, plus there's a smarter cabin and enhanced safety tech. If you're shopping in this segment, you probably weren't considering buying one of these. But perhaps you should be.

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The Mazda 3 is a car that has underachieved but this improved version of the current third generation model is a much stronger proposition. The experts at Car & Driving check the range out.

Background

The 'Three' is arguably the most important model this Japanese brand makes, a family hatchback pitched to sell in the class dominated by Ford's Focus - and also initially based upon that car in its earliest guises. First and second generation Mazda 3 models, introduced in 2003 and 2009, both had Focus underpinnings. This MK3 model though, announced late in 2013, is very much its own vehicle - and needed to be a big step forward to re-establish its brand in this segment. No room, in other words, for conventionality. Hence the so-called 'SKYACTIV' technology this car was launched with, mainly based around improving performance and efficiency through lighter weight. This is why this car's mainstream petrol unit is 2.0-litres in size, at a time when most other rivals are producing comparable outputs from 1.4, 1.2 or even 1.0-litre powerplants. The mainstream 2.2-litre diesel's big in size too - though the Japanese brand is also offering the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D unit from its Mazda 2 supermini as an entry-level option. For this revised model, the 'SKYACTIV' ethos is also extended into handling dynamics; plus it's much classier inside.

Driving Experience

A key dynamic change for this improved Mazda 3 is the addition of what the brand calls 'GVC' - or 'G-Vectoring Control', parts of its 'SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS' range of technology systems. This is essentially one of those torque vectoring set-ups, this one able to vary engine torque to optimise the load on each wheel, providing more precise handling as well as a smoother ride under virtually any driving conditions. Diesel-powered models get high-precision boost control, which enhances accelerator responsiveness, along with 'Natural Sound Frequency Control' and what's called a 'Natural Sound Smoother' to improve refinement. As before, there are five engine options, all of which are designed around Mazda's SKYACTIV technology. You're probably used to such nonsense buzzwords, but bear with this one because there's real merit behind it. SKYACTIV aims to improve efficiency by reducing weight and utilising smart functions such as capturing waste energy to power things like the air-conditioning when the car is stationary. It even extends to functions like an active shutter front grille which closes for better aerodynamics when the engine isn't in immediate need of cooling. The engines comprise an entry-level 1.5-litre petrol and two 2.0-litre petrol units, as well as 1.5 and 2.2-litre diesels. The 1.5-litre petrol unit produces 100PS and will go from rest to 62mph in 10.8 seconds, while the 2.2-litre diesel will cover the benchmark sprint in 8.1 seconds, thanks to its punchy 150PS output. The less powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine gives you 105PS, 270Nm of torque and 0-62mph in 11.0s. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is offered in two distinct flavours; one packing 120PS and the other with 165PS. Performance? Think rest to 62mph in 8.9 seconds for the standard version and 8.2 seconds for the higher power version. Buyers of the 120PS 2.0-litre petrol and both diesel models are also offered the option of a six-speed automatic.

Design and Build

Mazda hasn't felt the need to make any significant changes to the exterior of this improved Mazda 3, which remains very sharp-looking in either five-door hatch or 'Fastback' saloon forms. There's the same beaky family face that's sported by the Mazda 6 and the CX-5, with long bonnet to lend the car a dynamic, muscular look. Changes have been made inside though, with, for example, an enhanced 'Active Driving Display' featuring a high quality full-colour screen. It eases communicating information to drivers without any need for them to take their eyes off the road. Mazda has also improved steering wheel ergonomics too. Otherwise, things are much as before, with strong standards of interior space and a decently-sized 350-litre boot. As ever with the Mazda 3, the driving position is supposed to feel a bit sporty and though here, there's not the properly low-slung driving stance that would really emphasise that, you do get all the things that make you feel more at one with the car you're driving, with ideal positioning for the pedals, steering wheel and gear knob, plus excellent all-round vision achieved in this case by the careful positioning of the A-pillars and the wing mirrors. There's a tendency to think every brand has already got this right but it's only when you get yourself into a model that actually has that you appreciate the small but subtle different that perfection in this respect can bring.

Market and Model

As before, pricing sits mainly in the £17,000 to £23,000 bracket and the Mazda3 is offered as a five-door hatchback or a four-door 'Fastback' saloon, the latter bodystyle rivalling cars like the Volkswagen Jetta and the Audi A3 saloon. Those aren't the key targets in Mazda's crosshairs though. Expected Mazda3 conquest sales will be based around the mainstream hatch variant and will largely come from mainstream marques, with the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra, the Renault Megane and the Peugeot 308 being likely targets. This Mazda is offered with the sort of high-tech features that not so very long ago were the preserve of luxury saloons. There are refinements like a head-up display, touch-screen satellite-navigation and mobile internet connectivity. The mobile system is particularly interesting, following the likes of Toyota into the market with a system that allows the car to pair with a smartphone and display Facebook and Twitter updates. A nine-speaker Bose audio system is also available. Buyers choose between SE, SE-L and Sport trim levels, with or without sat nav. Even the base SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power-folding heated mirrors, a leather steering wheel, a trip computer, a radio/CD with six speaker audio system, a 7-inch TFT colour touch screen, USB/iPod connectivity and a Bluetooth hands-free system. Key safety equipment upgrades an 'Advanced Smart City Brake Support' system that now uses a forward-sensing camera rather than a laser, adding to the set-up's pedestrian detection capabilities. Buyers can also specify Adaptive LED Headlights.

Cost of Ownership

No manufacturer can revise a mainstream model like this without dangling the carrot of better efficiency and Mazda is no exception. The Mazda 3 has been popular with business buyers and in order for this form line to continue, the company has worked at driving down carbon dioxide emissions in the MK3 model range. The SKYACTIV engine technology means that fuel and CO2 figures are knocking on the door of best in class. As an example, the 2.2-litre 150PS SKYACTIV-D diesel version can return 107g/km of CO2 and 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and even the 2.0-litre 120PS SKYACTIV-G petrol model manages 55.4mpg and 119g/km. For the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel variant, the figures are more impressive still, 99g/km and 74.3mpg.

Summary

Released from the shackles of Ford ownership, Mazda's product range is at last coming alive. The cars look and feel more appealing and innovation is now an established part of the company's DNA. Here's a perfect example of that. True, there are still many more obvious choices than this one within the family hatchback sector, but if you're bored with the usual Golf, Astra and Focus fare and want a car that won't impose a swingeing financial penalty for wanting to be just that little bit different, the Mazda 3 is a smart pick. Most of all, this is a car built around its smart SKYACTIV engine technology, offering a design approach rejecting small capacity turbo units that promise impressive running cost figures but rarely actually deliver them. In the real world, Mazda reckon their strategy of lightweight cleverness is the one that'll bring better day-to-day returns for customers - and they could well be right. Combine all of that with a rewarding driving experience and you've a car that ought to be hard for any right-thinking family hatchback buyer to ignore. One in every three Mazdas sold anywhere in the world is a 'three': don't expect that to change any time soon.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
2 speed rear wiper
3 speed front intermittent wipe and electric wash
Auto dimming interior mirror
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Bi-Xenon headlamp with auto levelling + Headlamp Wash
Black grille with chrome surround
Body colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors with integral indicators
Body colour roof spoiler
Body colour side mouldings
Body coloured bumpers
Dual exhaust pipes
Dusk sensitive headlamps
Electric folding door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows
Electric heated rear glass window
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights
LED rear lights
Privacy glass
Rain and light sensors
Rain sensing front wipers
Shark fin roof aerial
Driver Convenience
'Lights On' warning buzzer
7" touch screen
Bluetooth system
Colour satellite navigation
Cruise control
Digital clock
Digital exterior temperature gauge
Electric hydraulic power assisted steering
Hill hold assist
Internet access with app integration
Mobile App interface
Multi function display
Rear parking sensor
Remote fuel cap release
Service indicator
Tachometer
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speakers
Auxiliary input socket
DAB Digital radio
Single play CD/radio with MP3 compatability
USB/iPod connection
Interior Features
5 headrests
60/40 split rear seat back
Auxilliary 12V power socket
Cigar lighter
Cloth upholstery
Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrest
Driver seat lumbar adjustment
Driver's seat height adjustment
Driver's vanity mirror with cover/ticket holder
Dual zone climate control
Front centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders
Front door pockets
Front grab handles
Heated front seats
Illuminated ashtray
Illuminated glovebox
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Instrument panel light dimmer
Interior courtesy light
Isofix child seat attachment
Leather gearknob
Leather handbrake
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Luggage compartment lighting
Passenger seat back pocket
Passenger seat height adjuster
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Pollen filter
Rear centre armrest
Rear grab handles with coathooks
Silver interior door handles
Steering wheel audio controls
Sunglasses holder
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Welcome mode lighting
Safety
3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
Active Traction Control (TRC)
Crash sensor
Driver and passenger airbags
Electronic parking brake
Emergency brake assist
Emergency stop signal system
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front side airbags
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Seatbelt reminder front and rear
Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Deadlocking system
Immobiliser
Remote central door locking
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Dynamic stability control
Trim
Piano black interior trim
Wheels
16" alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 107
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2191
Compression Ratio 14.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 86
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.3
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 68.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 78.5
EC Urban (mpg) 57.6
General
Badge Engine CC 2.2
Badge Power 150
Coin Description d
Coin Series SE-L Nav
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 81
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.1
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 280
Engine Torque - MKG 38.8
Engine Torque - NM 380
Engine Torque - RPM 1800
Top Speed 130
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1465
Length 4465
Wheelbase 2700
Width 1795
Width (including mirrors) 2053
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 1910
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1263
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 364
Max. Loading Weight 515
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Minimum Kerbweight 1395
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4

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