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Our Fleet: Mazda 3 - April 2011

BIK List Price
Mazda 3 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Mazda 3 BIK Percent
Mazda 3 CO2
Combined MPG
Mazda 3 MPG


Our resident Mazda 3 has been with us nearly 12 months now and still managed to surpass my expectations this week.

The fuel economy has always been good in the Mazda, ranging between 55-59 mpg. I thought I would put the Mazda to the test this week and embarked on a 100 mile round trip journey to see how much mpg the car could achieve.

Driving from Peterborough to Milton Keynes area, which is predominantly motorway or duel carriageway, the Mazda managed to achieve 60.1 mpg with an average speed of over 60mph. Although impressive, I was convinced that we hadn’t seen the best from it, so the following day I went visiting relatives and drove a 70 mile round trip made up of rural roads. The Mazda managed 62.2 mpg, only 1.8mpg shy of its proposed 64mpg. Quite an achievement when my average speed was at 52mph.

With CO2 emissions at 117g/km the Mazda is an appealing options for fleets, I do miss that 6th gear for that little extra power, but the smooth ride and sporty looks make up for it. Good economy coupled with great handling has made the Mazda a joy to drive and it will be thoroughly missed when it leaves us later this month.

Driver Notes

Driver appeal
The Mazda 3 looks sporty and has a refreshing design which stands out.
Fuel costs
I have found myself suprised at how good the fuel economy is in the Mazda, especially since it is limited to 5 gears. Currently managing 59mpg.
FN Verdict
A complete package that has superb handling, good fuel economy and looks good. It is just missing that little extra power.
Top Speed
Mazda 3 Top Speed
VED band
Mazda 3 Ved
Fuel Type
Mazda 3 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,900
4 Year 80k : £4,500
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 34.11
4 Year 80k : 32.26

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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