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Our Fleet: Mazda 3 - February 2011

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


Our Mazda 3 long termer has proved itself to be economical, comfortable to ride and possess impressive handling. But how would the manufacturer fair when we tested their aftersales procedure?

Our Mazda 3 long termer reached its 15000 miles in January which meant it was time to book the hatchback in for a service.

After a quick phone call to our local Mazda dealer, the car was booked in on the Friday of that week.

I was very impressed with the ease and flexibility that Mazda showed during the process, the car was collected from the office just after 9am and returned before 5.30pm the same day. Being the Mazda’s first service, you don’t expect anything to go wrong, the Mazda gleamed in the parking lot and purred back to life when I turned the ignition key, the interior was also spotless and dust free, a perk I wasn’t expecting.

Besides the car bonnet being left ajar and no service record initially being supplied, I have no real complaints, in-fact it felt like I was stepping into a new car again.

It wasn’t until I set off on my journey home and was flashed by the forth on-coming car that I realised that my lights were not on. Having being used to the Mazda’s automatic light setting, it made me realise how forgetful and dare I say it, Lazy, it can make us drivers. But now I have had the automatic lights and windscreen wipers, I just couldn’t be without them, they make driving the Mazda even more pleasurable and give you that little extra luxury sometimes missing from other manufacturers.

Overall the Mazda continues to impress and I keep being surprised when another feature captures my notice.

Drinks holders in the back seats I discovered this weekend after I told my niece she couldn’t take her MacDonald’s milkshake in the back of the car and was promptly informed about them.

Author: Debbie Wood

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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