Harry Hill Car Road Test – Mazda 3
Make and Model:
Mazda 3 2.2d 150 Sport Nav Manual
Mazda as a brand has gone through quite a transformation in the past 5 years, from being just a part of the Ford group to now being a recognised independent brand for producing quality vehicles. However, if your path never crosses with a Mazda I would say you were very unlikely to even think about one when thinking about changing your car. The new Mazda 3 is aiming at casting its net over the 5 door hatchback market. The interior is now very Germanic and you would not notice the difference immediately from a 1 series or A-Class. Now, to achieve that is very promising.
New styling puts Mazda in a very strong position. Redesigning the shape completely gives the car great appearance but provides more room inside.
As mentioned above, the Germanic design is what the market demands and Mazda have hit the nail on the head here. The screen on the dashboard is easy to read and very functional.
2.2 Diesel 150PS
Ride and Handling:
The Mazda 3 provides efficient and effective handling. The ride is firm enough to suit sport, however not too firm that the drive is uncomfortable on long drives. It is tremendously easy to park or find a space at the local shops. It is an already great alternative to the norm.
BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 , Ford Focus and Seat Leon
I would urge anyone who is looking to change their car who is after a small family/Hatchback business car to test drive the car at the very minimum. The car meets every need and breaks the mould from the normal car choices. Since the launch of the new shape, the enquiries have been slow but when we have informed people, it has been very straight forward sale.