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The new Mazda 3 won’t arrive in showrooms until 2014, but you can already find great savings on this striking new Volkswagen Golf rival if you shop around.
While the previous generation of the Mazda 3 was reliable and good to drive, it was also quite long in the tooth. The new 3 is very much up to date however, with frugal and powerful new engines and fresh styling. Competing against the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, this car is both comfortable to ride in and fun to drive.
The new Mazda 3 is available in hatchback and ‘Fastback’ saloon form and with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Engines vary from a 1.5-litre petrol to several 2.0-litre petrols and a 2.2-litre diesel. All models of the new 3 are very well equipped and should offer a good mix of performance and economy.
Well-equipped Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L for under £18,000
The Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L is packed with equipment including xenon headlights, heated seats, dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and headlights. This 2.2-litre diesel model officially returns an impressive 68.9mpg too and can accelerate to 62mph in just 8.1 seconds. Following a discount of £2,744 this model is available for just £17,946 whether you choose the hatchback or saloon.
For those who want even more equipment, the 2.2d Sport Nav is available for £19,962 – a saving of £3,128. This model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, an integrated satnav system, front parking sensors and leather seats. You also get a head-up display that shows your speed and satnav directions on the windscreen.
New Mazda 3 2.0 SE from just £14,796
If you have a little less to spend, you can pick up the 2.0-litre petrol SE for under £15,000 thanks to a £2,144 discount. Despite the reasonable price, this model still has automatic folding door mirrors for squeezing through narrow gaps, a 7-inch touchscreen system and hill hold assist.
Also standard across the range is Mazda’s city braking system, which automatically applies the brakes at speeds up to 20mph if it senses an imminent crash. This 118bhp model officially returns 55.4mpg and is capable of accelerating to 62mph in 8.8 seconds.
Last generation Mazda 3 1.6 Tamura for only £11,995
If you’re happy driving the previous generation model and don’t mind a delivery-mileage car, you can pick up the 1.6 Tamura for under £12,000 – saving you a total of £3,810. Available from Perrys, this 1.6-litre model officially returns 44.8mpg and got very close to this in our own more realistic fuel economy tests. Acceleration is sluggish, though, with the 0-62mph sprint taking over 12 seconds.
Hot Car Deals:
- Mazda 3 2.2d SE-L – £17,946 at Nationwide Cars
- Mazda 3 2.2d Sport Nav [leather] – £19,962 at Nationwide Cars
- Mazda 3 2.0 SE – £14,796 at Nationwide Cars
- Mazda 3 1.6 Tamura – £11,995 at Perrys
Hot Car 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.