Overview of the Mazda3

The Mazda3 was launched in 2004 and is available in seven different trims.

The five-door hatchback is made in Japan with the latest model getting an updated face, rear bumper and twist-spoke alloy wheels.

The interior features improved materials and a quieter cabin. The latest Mazda’s aerodynamics cut its Cd to just 0.29.

There are two Sport models and a gear-shift indicator is added to the equipment list.

The suspension and steering on the latest Mazda3 have been fine-tuned. The Mazda 1.6-litre diesel engine is available in five versions of the Mazda3 offring a low friction, eight-valve, SOHC layout and an aluminium block.

The cabin of the car sees the former silver colour of the lower dashboard console replaced with black, while a satin-polish silver rings the dials and controls.

The Multi-Information Display and LCD graphics are now white, while the twin-dial instrument cluster features continuously lit white graphics.

The entry-level S model has manual air-conditioning and electric front windows.

Step up to TS models and dual-zone climate control is added as well as 15-inch alloy wheels, power-folding heated door mirrors and electric rear windows while TS2 specification includes a heated windscreen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free system, 16-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing front wipers and dusk sensing lights.

Sport models are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and a Bose audio system with 10 speakers.

At the top of the range, the 2.0-litre, 151PS and 2.2-litre, 185PS Sport Nav models feature an integrated satellite navigation system, keyless entry, engine start/stop button and rear parking sensors.

The latest Mazda3’s carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by up to 3.5 per cent.

Six diesel models in the Mazda3 line-up are rated at 115g/km and seven petrol models are rated at 147g/km.

The previous Mazda3 was the second-best selling Mazda model in the UK.

The overall dimensions of the Mazda3 are carried over from the previous standard model with a length of 4460mm overall, a width of 1755mm, a height of 1470mm and a wheelbase of 2640mm. Sport models lose 30mm in length due to the revised rear bumper.

The Mazda3 is available in a choice of seven colours – Arctic White, Aluminium Silver Metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and four mica finishes – Black, Graphite, Indigo Lights and Velocity Red.

A range of active and passive safety equipment is fitted to the Mazda3 including front, side and curtain airbags.

At the launch of the latest Mazda3 a limited-edition Tamura model was available, powered by either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engine and based on the TS model with a sports styling kit including front fog lights, side skirts, sports grille and 17-inch black gloss diamond cut finish alloy wheels. Production of the Tamura Launch Edition was restricted to 750 models, available in a choice of four colours – Crystal White Pearlescent, Black Mica, Aluminium Silver Metallic and Autumn Bronze Metallic.

The latest Mazda3 line-up features a 1.6-litre Sport Diesel model for the first time with carbon dioxide emissions of 115g/km and a combined cycle fuel economy of 65.7mpg. It is one of the key benefit of buying a new Mazda, these figures are constantly improving upon used Mazda models.