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Mazda3’s sport focus

MAZDA has announced a more extreme body-kitted version of its Mazda3 MPS hot hatch to make it more appealing to user-choosers.

The Sports Aero model boasts a larger rear spoiler and lowered suspension.

The move counters criticism that the 260bhp model doesn’t look sporty enough.

The new version will cost £19,495 – a £500 premium over the standard MPS.

Residual values for the car have been set, with Glass’s estimating it will retain 38% of its cost new after three years/60,000 miles, with CAP coming in at 37%.

That compares with 39% for the Ford Focus ST and 40% for the Vauxhall Astra VXR.

Glass’s forecasting editor Jason King said: ‘A very high standard specification gives the discerning super-hatch buyer a real alternative to the established players.

CAP’s manufacturer relationships manager Martin Ward added: ‘The Sports Aero kit not only increases the differential from the standard MPS, but is essential when it comes to resale because used buyers will want the bling.’

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