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Also driven: Mazda3 MPS Sports Aero

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Factsheet

Price
MAZDA
Engine
Mazda3
Performance
Mazda3 MPS
Transmission
Efficiency
255
RV 3yr/30k
155 (limited)
Start mileage
6.1
Current mileage
29.1
Key rivals
231
0000000000000000000
19,000

Review

This is one powerful hatchback. Its 256bhp outstrips rivals such as the Ford Focus ST and Renaultsport Megane R26, and its 6.1 second 0-62mph sprint and 155mph restricted top speed will peak any petrolhead’s interest.

But it feels frantic and doesn’t inspire confidence. The power comes in with a big punch and the Eibach lowered suspension on the Sports Aero version is very firm, making it difficult to enjoy when not in the mood to give it a good thrashing.

The 12-gallon fuel tank drains away too quickly. At one point the trip computer went from 50 miles remaining to 12 in the space of 14 mile drive. It questions Mazda’s claimed combined efficiency of 29.1mpg.

  • Engine: 2.3-litre turbo petrol 256bhp
  • Price: £19,495

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