Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mazda3 2.0 Sport Nav

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mazda3 2.0 Sport Nav

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Byline: Robin Roberts

THEY don't make much fuss, just very good cars, that seems to be the thinking behind Mazda.

Never afraid to go out on a limb with ideas, Mazda is now enjoying a boom with models that have a mainstream appeal, but all delivered with that something extra which Mazda has worked hard to create and develop.

The result is that the new Mazda3 is enjoying stronger than anticipated demand for the 36 models, nearly all hatchbacks, with three petrol engines and one diesel.

They cost from PS16,640 to PS23,290 depending on one of four trim levels.

Price: PS19,895 | Mechanical: 120ps, 1,998cc, |4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via six-speed manual gearbox Max speed: 121mph | 0-62mph: 8.9 seconds | Combined mpg: 55.4 | Insurance group: 18 | CO2 emissions: 119g/km | BIK rating: 16% | Warranty: 3 yrs/ 60,000 miles | The Mazda3 2.0 Sport Nav is towards the top of the range and had the mid-power engine with comparatively low emissions.

It is among the cleanest low emission petrol engines for its size and while its power output and economy are not standard setting they are both good indicators.

The ease of power delivery and acceleration through the six gears is very good and it seems to revel in whatever was asked of it.

Power comes in steadily and the neat gearchange means you can swiftly move through the box helped by a light and delightfully progressive clutch. It was a real delight to drive in town as much as on open roads.

Matched to the powertrain was a very feelsome steering system which needed little effort when parking but had a lot of feedback around twisting bends. Allied to this was a well weighted braking system so you needed only gradually increased pedal pressure to effect rapid deceleration with utter control, and the parking brake held it very safely on any slope.

increased pedal pressure to effect rapid deceleration with utter control, and the parking brake held it very safely on any slope. …

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