Over the last couple of months, I’ve definitely noticed quite a number of new Mazda3’s on the road locally. It’s probably helped by a strong local dealer, but nonetheless, it appears the new car is beginning to make an impact.
In September, just over 2,100 3’s were registered – but only 700 of those went to fleet buyers. The emissions, at 107g/km are competitive, the MPG is good but not stellar, but we reckon it’s the 2.2-litre diesel engine putting people off.
Powerful, economical and low-emission it may be, but it seems that having to reimburse drivers at the higher 2-litre and above AFR rate is making the vehicle less appealing to the fleet market.
Our car has now clocked 15,000 miles, and is still running well. Previous issues with the sat-nav appear to have stayed away, although a couple of minor interior trim rattles have started to creep in.