2015 Mazda 3 SE 1.5 petrol

Summary:

Smart and stylish

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

A great looking little hatchback, smaller cars have come a long way and is nice and refined. It's nice to drive and be in, unlike older small family cars of the past. The 1.5 petrol engine has average performance, but it does do over 50 MPG; can't say fairer than that from petrol.

Best colour in my opinion is red with a nice set of alloy wheels. On the inside you get lots of standard equipment even on this fairly basic SE model. Nice to drive with a quality feel of materials all round. There are some blind spots, but you get used to driving it, as per modern car.

I have the 5 door, which is OK if you carry passengers a lot, but the 3 door is much better looking.

Overall though I'm happy with this car, and it has not had any problems so far, as I would expect at only 2 years with average mileage. It makes a great alternative to the likes of a Focus or Astra, which are also good cars, but you see them everywhere; the Mazda is not as popular, so it's a good choice if you want something different.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2017

2012 Mazda 3 Sport 2.2 diesel

Summary:

Unnecessary bling, but specced down

Faults:

Nothing

General Comments:

Very quick indeed, but not very economical for a diesel (my Volvo V70 D5 was better in that respect).

A bit of a disappointment in respect of the things that were standard on the previous Mazda 3 Sport, but are now absent e.g.

No headlamp washers anymore.

No Xenon headlights anymore.

No one touch control of the windows (apart from driver's window) anymore.

No windscreen washer fluid level warning light anymore.

Limited adjustment of the seats.

No Skyactiv engine in Europe, despite the rest of the world markets having it.

Expensive metallic paint; it's standard in the USA!

No engine temperature gauge anymore.

Very small satnav screen with no speed indication.

Very noisy Toyo tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th June, 2013

2009 Mazda 3 MPS Sports Aero kit 2.3T DISI

Summary:

Seriously quick, well built and comfortable sports hatch. Highly recommended

Faults:

Nothing as yet except for corroded Mazda alloys - this seems standard on most. A little annoying after 5000 miles. Also I don't and never have thought much of Mazda dealers - best to try and buy independently if you can, and still get a warranty just in case!

General Comments:

I haven't had the car long, but it's very impressive so far. I used to own a 2004 Mazda 3 Sport (same shape as this car), and the MPS is a lot more refined, with less road noise at speed, and a better ride.

Acceleration is seriously awesome, and handling is very taut, especially at high speed. It would be nice if the steering had a bit more feel, but that's the only criticism on handling side. The ride is very good; quiet and smooth, unlike say a Civic Type-R.

I like the understated look of the car; it doesn't really look quick, and is a definite example of a wolf in sheep's clothing. I think my old 3 Sport looked better, as it had nicer alloys and an aero rear bumper... just an opinion thing though! Being the last of this shape, it comes with piano black interior trim, iPod adapter, polished alloys, illuminated vanity mirrors.

Very comfortable; safe, awesome Bose sound system and feels built to last. I also love the dashboard lighting. My old 3 Sport had done 88000 miles and never had any suspension/engine/steering problems at all; a testament to Mazda engineering. I hope this one will be as good.

Amazing to have 260bhp on a smallish car like this; it never feels like it is going to lose control; no turbo lag and there isn't any torque steer. When turning the engine on when it's cold, it rev's at 2000rpm for a minute or so until it calms down - it seems a bit high?

I've never been a fan of Bridgestone tyres, which it has at the moment (original factory fit); they produce a bit too much road noise at low speed, and wet weather grip isn't great. Next time round I'll probably go back to Kumho Ecsta SPT - voted as the best by AutoExpress. They were excellent on my old car.

Highly recommended car, plainer than the Civic Type-R, but better built and more refined, more stylish and better economy than the R32 (probably more reliable too), and it's something a little different, which doesn't shout 'chav' or 'bodykits and spoilers', but will outpace most cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2011