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Our Fleet: Mazda 3 - July 2010

Mazda
BIK List Price
£18,920
Mazda 3 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Mazda 3 BIK Percent
CO2
117g/km
Mazda 3 CO2
Combined MPG
64.2
Mazda 3 MPG

Review

Fleet demand for the Mazda3 continues to grow, with low emissions and first rate fuel economy attracting many to the marque for the first time.

So far this year, 1,831 units have been sold to fleets, which equates to 24% of Mazda3 total sales.

“We are winning significant business with Mazda3 as company car drivers switch from other brands,” said Peter Allibon, fleet and remarketing director for Mazda UK.

“Having a sub 120g/km car in the range delivering low benefit-in-kind tax bills and first class fuel economy has been crucial to building demand.”

But before taking a closer look at its specifications, it was its sports car-like design which makes it stand out from other compact cars that initially struck me.

Its aggressively flared fenders and smooth lines combine to produce a car that will appeal to company car drivers desiring a stylish car with the added benefit of low BIK tax bills.

Launched in May last year, prices start from £13,930 on-the-road for the 1.6 S, with the line-up comprising of three petrol engines, three diesel engines and five equipment levels.

Standard equipment includes: dynamic stability control; traction control system; six airbags; remote central locking; manual air conditioning; and an MP3 compatible audio system with four speakers.

Fleet News has had access to the TS2 Nav diesel 5dr version, which has a P11d value of £18,000 and emissions of 119g/km that qualifies it for the lowest 13% BIK band for diesel-engined vehicles.

But it’s not just drivers who will save, as companies can benefit from lower National Insurance Contributions, £35 a year Road Fund Licence and a claimed 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.

Author: Gareth Roberts

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
113mph
Mazda 3 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Mazda 3 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
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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