Figures from CAP Monitor place the Mazda ahead of rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Peugeot 307, Renault Megane, Nissan Almera and current Vauxhall Astra.
CAP figures for the entry-level Mazda3 1.4 S, with a P11d price of £10,467, is expected to retain 38% of its value over three years/60,000 miles, compared with 35% for the Toyota Corolla 1.4 T2 with a P11d price of £11,150. The Mazda loses £6,467 through depreciation, compared with £7,225 for the Toyota.
Even the new Golf is outshone by the Mazda3. Although it has a higher percentage of retained value – 43% of its P11d price of £12,312 for the 1.4 S – it loses £7,037 over three years/60,000 miles according to CAP Monitor.
The savings are repeated elsewhere in the range, while the diesel cars launched later in the year are expected to reflect the position of the petrol cars.