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Our Fleet: Mazda 3 - November 2010

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


Hindsight is often said to be a marvellous thing – and, after handing over the keys to our long-term Mazda3, I can vouch for that.

During my two months with the hatchback, I was impressed by the strength of the overall package it offers – its styling, fuel economy, smooth performance from its impressive 1.6-litre diesel engine, and fine ride and handling.

But the one thing I’m missing above all at the moment is its heated front windscreen.

I’d already enjoyed the benefits of it on a couple of frosty mornings and felt rather smug when

I was sitting in my warm car waiting just a short while for the windscreen to clear while neighbours were outside with their de-icer and scrapers.

However, that feeling now seems like just a distant memory as a colleague took over running the car just days before the current cold snap, and now I’m wishing I’d hung on to the keys for a bit longer.

But I can’t let my error taint my view of the Mazda3, which showed itself to be a very strong fleet contender – with the real world fuel economy particularly impressive.

It boasts official combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg and, although I haven’t been able to match that figure, I’ve been close - my last two fill-ups have seen tank averages of 58.4mpg and 59.9mpg.

Author: Andrew Ryan

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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