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Our fleet: Mazda3 2.2D Sport Nav - June 2014

Mazda
BIK List Price
£21,290
Mazda 3 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
17%
Mazda 3 BIK Percent
CO2
107g/km
Mazda 3 CO2
Combined MPG
68.9
Mazda 3 MPG

Review

Over the last few weeks, the Mazda3 has been an interesting companion.

I took the keys after the car returned from its tyre rotation just after the 6000 mile point, and the odometer has now rolled over to 10500.

I’d been driving it just over a week when I spotted a problem – the speakers on the drivers side would randomly cut out for a few seconds at a time. There appeared to be no pattern to this, with the problem occurring on FM, iPod or Bluetooth modes.

A few days later, our local Mazda dealer duly collected the car from us, and checked all the systems and wiring, before calling at 2pm to let us know they couldn’t find anything wrong. They did, however, have a suggestion – that the sat nav was to blame.

I’m not a fan of voiced directions, so tend to mute them as soon as I hop in. In the 3, muting the sat-nav isn’t possible, so I just turned the volume of navigation down to 0. The system doesn’t realise that you’ve done this, so still mutes the right hand side as if it were giving directions.

It makes more sense when you know the root of the problem, but seems an odd way of doing it nonetheless. The fact that all volumes on navigation and music are controlled independently still leads to some confusion – pausing the music or muting it entirely would be a much preferred option.

And while I’m on the subject of in car entertainment, the Mazda’s 7-inch screen is also another source of confusion. It’s billed as a touch screen, but only certain screens and areas will react to a prod.

Instead, the BMW-style wheel near the handbrake acts as a controller – and also avoids mucky fingerprints on the display. I’m yet to be convinced that a touchscreen is as easy to use as a physical interface – once you get used to the wheel, it’s quite intuitive.

 

 

Top Speed
130mph
Mazda 3 Top Speed
VED band
B
Mazda 3 Ved
Fuel Type
Mazda 3 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,700
4 Year 80k : £5,975
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 35.35
4 Year 80k : 32.95

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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Annual service is due, despite covering just 6,000 miles.

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