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Mon, 05 May 2008
* Specification enhancements offer greater value for money
* Mazda3 TS is replaced by Mazda3 Takara
* Mazda3 range consolidated to 14 models from 19
* Range retains the entry price point of £11,440 on-the-road

Mazda's medium sized family car, the Mazda3, now represents even better value for money with a number of significant specification enhancements that build on the qualities that have made the Mazda3 one of the best selling Mazda models in Europe.

Launched in 2004, the Mazda3 has proved a popular alternative to the volume manufacturers’ offerings in a crowded market place. Having built a reputation for an involving drive, reliability and functionality, the Mazda3 is true to the Mazda boast that there is a soul of a sports car in every model. Popular with retail and fleet buyers alike as a stylish and spacious family car it is both fun to drive and a comfortable motorway cruiser; this car is as at home around town as it is on twisty country roads and motorways.

Top of the range is the Mazda3 MPS. This high performance hatchback holds the title of the most powerful car in its class, pumping out a whopping 260ps from a 2.3-litre turbocharged Mazda DISI engine. Not only is the Mazda3 MPS the most powerful car in its class, but it is also one of the best handling, offering both power and outstanding control – an affordable sporty hatchback at just £18,995 on-the-road. Now the Mazda3 MPS comes with additional equipment; this includes new 18” alloy wheels with a ‘dark’ finish and half leather half Alcantara® seats which are black with red MPS embossed logo and red stitching.

The Mazda3 MPS is also available with a sports aero kit, priced at £19,495 on-the-road, adding side skirts, larger rear spoiler and Eibach lowered suspension, giving the car a more aggressive appearance for those wanting more visual differentiation from the standard car.

The Mazda3 TS has now been replaced with the Mazda3 Takara. Available as either a four‑door saloon or five-door hatchback, powered by a 105ps 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre 109ps diesel, the Mazda Takara offers affordable motoring with a vast additional specification list.

The Takara has the addition, over the TS it replaces, of a front sports bumper, rear spoiler, front fog lights and 16" alloy wheels for enhanced exterior style. Inside, the Takara gets rear electric windows with global closure, 6 CD auto-changer, leather steering wheel and gear knob, trip computer, illuminated vanity mirrors, piano black centre console and two tone black/ red interior trim. All this additional equipment comes with a small price increase of just £145 making the on-the-road price from £13,495. For an additional £1,000 the Mazda Takara is available with automatic transmission.

The entry level Mazda3 S, priced from £11,440 on-the-road, is available as a five-door hatchback powered by either a 1.4 84ps petrol engine or 1.6-litre 90ps diesel. Additional equipment is an auxiliary audio jack, 12V power socket and the CD player is now MP3 compatible.

The new Mazda3 1.6 Sport comes in one engine variant, the 105ps 1.6-litre petrol, and offers a choice of either four-door saloon or five-door hatchback at an appealing on-the-road price of £15,205. Exterior visual enhancements include a sports styling kit with front and rear sports bumper, side skirts, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust and 17" alloy wheels. Safety and convenience improvements include xenon headlights with automatic washers, rear combination lamps with LED rear lights, rain sensing wipers and auto lights. The interior benefits from a premium Bose® audio system with 7 speakers, blackout meters, black trim with red stitching and privacy glass.

The Mazda3 2.0 Sport, powered by a responsive 150ps petrol or 143ps diesel engine, now features leather seats as standard and is available as a four or five-door petrol model or as a five-door diesel. The addition of leather seats has added just £235 to the new on-the-road price of £16,605.

Mazda3 possesses one of the segment’s best active and passive safety packages. Active measures include a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as standard on all models. Passive measures encompass driver and front passenger airbags and front side airbags on all models, full-length curtain airbags (on all but the entry-level S hatchback), front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load‑limiters, and both a collapsible steering column and brake pedal.


The Mazda3 Range at a Glance

Mazda3 S
1.4-litre 84ps Petrol, 5-door
OTR £11,440
1.6-litre 90ps Diesel, 5-door OTR £12,930

Standard Equipment

* Driver and front passenger airbags


* Emergency Brake Assist

* Remote central door locking with deadlocking

* Side airbags

* Black mirrors and exterior door handles

* Electric front windows

* Electric and heated mirrors

* ISOFIX child seat anchorages

* Seatbelt pre-tensioners/load-limiters

* Thatcham Category 1 Alarm and Immobiliser

* 15" Steel wheels

* Jack Knife Key

Plus 2008 Additional Items

* Aux jack and power outlet

* MP3 compatible single CD player with 4 speakers

Mazda3 Takara

1.6-litre 105ps Petrol, 4-door/5-door
OTR £13,495
1.6-litre 105ps Petrol, 4-door/5-door Automatic
OTR £14,495
1.6-litre 109ps Diesel 5-door
OTR £14,995

Contents over 1.4 S

* Body coloured door mirrors and door handles

* Climate control air conditioning

* Driver's lumbar support adjustment

* Reading lamp

* Curtain airbags

* Audio steering controls

* Rear seat centre armrest

Plus 2008 Additional Spec items over outgoing TS:

* Rear electric windows with global opening /closing

* Leather steering wheel & gearknob

* Trip computer

* Fog lights

* 6-disc CD autochanger

* Front sports bumper

* Rear spoiler

* 16" alloy wheels

* Illuminated vanity mirrors

* Piano black centre console

* Black/ red cloth trim

Mazda3 1.6 Sport
1.6-litre 105ps Petrol, 4-door/5-door
OTR £15,205

Contents over 1.6 Takara

* Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS)

Plus Additional Spec items over outgoing TS2:

* 17" alloy wheels

* Xenon headlamps and automatic headlight leveling and washers

* Automatic rain sensing wipers & dusk sensing lights

* Full sports styling kit including front and rear sports bumper, side skirts and rear spoiler

* Premium Bose® audio system with 7 speakers

* Privacy glass

* Rear combination lamps with LED rear lights

* Blackout meters

* Chrome exhaust

* Black sports cloth trim

Mazda3 2.0 Sport
2.0-litre 150ps Petrol, 4-door/5-door
OTR £16,605
2.0-litre 143ps Diesel, 5-door
OTR £18,005

Contents over 1.6 Sport

* 6-speed manual transmission

* Cruise control

* Chrome exhaust (petrol only)

Plus Additional Spec items over outgoing Sport:

* Leather seats

Mazda3 MPS
2.3-litre 260ps Petrol, 5-door
OTR £18,995
2.3-litre 260ps Petrol, 5-door with Sports Aero Kit
OTR £19,495

Contents over 2.0 Sport

* 2.3-litre DISI Turbo engine with 260ps at 3,500rpm

* Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

* MPS Sports styling with unique body–coloured front grille and bonnet design, front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts and rear lip spoiler

* Large chrome exhaust trim

Plus 2008 Additional Specification Items

* 18" alloy wheels - new dark finish

* Half leather / Half Alcantara® seats

Fuel Consumption, CO2 and RFL Band


Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

RFL Band

Petrol 5-door

1.4 5-door (M5) 42.2 157 D
1.6 5-door (M5) 40.9 162 D
1.6 5-door (Auto) 36.2 183 E
2.0 5-door (M6) 35.8 189 F
2.3 5-door (M6) 29.1 231 G

Petrol 4-door

1.6 4-door (M5) 40.9 162 D
1.6 4-door (Auto) 37.2 179 E
2.0 4-door (M6) 35.8 189 F

Diesel 5-door

1.6 5-door (90ps) 60.1 125 C
1.6 5-door (109ps) 58.9 128 C
2.0 5-door (143ps) 47.1 162 D





1.6 Sport





Black/ Dark Red


Black leather

Leather/ Alcantara

Solid Body Colours

True Red






Mica and Metallic Body Colours*

Copper Red Mica (New)






Metropolitan Grey Mica (New)






Stormy Blue Mica (New)






Crystal White Pearlescent (New)






Aurora Blue Mica






Black Mica






Icy Blue Metallic






Sunlight Silver Metallic






* Option at extra cost

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