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Our Fleet: Mazda 3 - January 2011

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


Thanks to my eco driving training late last year I have been able to really benefit from driving our Mazda 3. Not only is it responsive on the road and comfortable, the excellent fuel economy has been a blessing with all the recent fuel increases.

And our TS2 Nav car is so generously equipped, much of time that, all drivers have to think about is changing the gears and turning the wheel.

Everything is automatic: automatic lights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors, fitted satellite navigation. With the heated windscreen, you can even sit in the car and wait for the ice to thaw in seconds while watching your neighbour scrape the car. Our long termer seems to tick all the boxes and you have a sense of complete safety while driving it.

Although it is fitted with all the mod-cons and is arguably one of the best value for money hatchbacks on the market, I have a couple of mild complaints.

The satellite navigation has such a small screen and is so far away, it risks going unseen if it wasn’t for the lady’s voice, whose frequent repetition of instructions on a long journey, can begin to really grate. The compartment behind the handbrake where you can supposedly fit your MP3 player is so large and roomy but the connection cable is difficult to reach.

But these are only small faults, the overall package is an appealing one from Mazda. It looks great, handles well and is comfortable to drive.

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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