Mazda 3 (2004 - 2009)

4

1.6 TS 5dr

reviewed by ladiesman 217 on 26 April 2020
4
Overall rating
4
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
4
Experience at the dealership
4
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Efficient, reliable, and great to drive

Purchased as a stop-gap car in April 2018 but kept it because it was too good and was worth more to us than the £1000 we paid a local home based independent dealer we found on Autotrader. Very quiet at urban speeds, not so at motorway speeds though. Improves with good quality tyres though (ours had obscure, budget makes on all wheels, now has Goodyears), makes a noticeable difference. Also makes a noticeable difference to the feel through the steering. Reasonably lively up to 40ies mph, but slower to pick up to motorway/dual carriageway speeds. Build feels a bit light but has good NCAP crash test result. V reliable, and a bit more interesting to look at than the equivalent Ford Focus. Easy to get routine servicing type parts for, and so far they haven't been expensive. Reasonable space to work around the engine if you need to, and quite easy to get at the headlight bulbs to replace them for a change. Alloys beginning to show small amounts of surface corrosion where lacquer flaking off. Space saver spare wheel with ours. Simple controls for heating and climate control, good quality sound from radio and CD. Engine warms up very quickly. Ride is reasonable neither hard nor soft, and quite roomy for the size of car. Rear seats fold down but don't form a flat load area - has a step in it where the seat backs fold. Probably about 40 mpg overall. First Mazda I have owned and would definitely consider the make again.

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Price£12,659–£20,345
Road TaxC–J
MPG35.8–62.8 mpg
Real MPG85.7%

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