Leaner, meaner and greener – the face-lifted Mazda3

 

By Philip Hedderman

The already pert Mazda3 has been given a bit of a nip tuck to make her leaner, meaner and a hell of a lot greener.

She’s been given the once over by Gok Wan too with a new smiley front end and snazzier alloys – making it the most fab 3 yet.

Inside, the cabin has been refreshed with new materials and colours and the cockpit and dashboard have been simplified.

But it’s the drive where we’ll feel most of the tweaks with the promise of even better handling and more agility.

Major improvements in the suspension and steering coupled with a more rigid chassis will give this driver’s car even more connectivity and an edgier feel.

Targetting  those who desire the combination of sports styling and lots of standard kit with the Sport SE comes with rear LED lights, climate control, heated sports seats and 17” inch alloys.

 

The most popular Executive comes with a host of goodies as standard including  Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning and Alloy Wheels.

Under the hood of there is a cleaner 1.6-litre common-rail diesel plant whichg reduces CO2 emissions  to 115g/km making her one of the greenest  in this class.

The new 3 is  mega frugal too – bringing into tax band A (€160 annual tax), while returning an eye-watering  65mpg  or 4.3L/100kms.

Boasting a 5-star Euro NCAP  safety rating the new Mazda3 is available as a 4-door saloon or 5-door hatchback in four specs: Comfort, Executive, Sport and the new Sport SE.

If these little improvements even do half of what they promise then we’re in for a real treat.

We’ll be testing the new 3  at the end of Feburary.

Prices start from €19,795.

 

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