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The sharply styled Mazda 3 is a spacious, practical and fun-to-drive family car that still ranks as a strong contender, despite its advancing age.
The 3 is a sensible choice thanks to Mazda’s excellent reliability record and all-round quality. On the road it feels sporty, with plenty of feedback through the steering wheel. And running costs are comparable to a Ford Focus.
A replacement for the second-generation Mazda 3 will hit UK showrooms by then end of the year, so now is a great time to pick up a deal on the current model. Here are a couple of the best deals around.
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15% off Mazda 3 list price
We’d recommend any of the the diesels over the somewhat thrashy petrol engines. The 1.6-litre diesel has the lowest running costs thanks to CO2 emissions of just 115g/km, but the 2.2d Sport, with its 150bhp diesel engine, is the best to drive.
You can save 15% on the 1.6d in Venture specification at Discounted New Cars, meaning the price is reduced to £15,973. This mid-range spec level includes extras such as Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors.
If you’re interested in the more powerful 2.2d then head to Nationwide Cars, where this model is currently on offer in Sport specification with a £3,454 discount. In our more realistic fuel economy tests, the 2.2d returned an acceptable 53.3mpg. Standard equipment includes cruise control and a multi-function trip computer.
The Hot Car Deals:
- Mazda 3 1.6d  Venture – £15,973 at Discounted New Cars
- Mazda 3 2.2d  Sport – £17,070 at Nationwide Cars
Hot Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.