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Nearly new buying guide: Mazda 3


Our pick is the 118bhp 2.0 for its blend of performance, economy and price. The more powerful 163bhp motor should be a blast but produces the same 115lb ft at the same 4000rpm as the 118bhp version, so is little quicker while being more expensive. A 2016/66-reg Mazda 3 2.0 120PS Sport with 10,000 miles costs around £13,250, compared with £14,000 for a 165PS model. 

The model was facelifted in 2016 when it gained a revised grille, improved interior materials and an electronic parking brake. Throughout, trims ranged from entry-level SE to Sport Nav. Automatic emergency braking and alloys were standard. SE-L is a good choice, with its rear parking sensors and climate control, and it rides sweetly on its 16in wheels. It’d be our pick, except that Sport Nav trim, with its larger wheels and sportier instrument display, appeals to the emotions more.

BUYER BEWARE

Recalls The Mazda3 has had a surprising number of these, so check they’ve been actioned. 

Brakes Check the condition of these since, bizarrely, some owners have reported the rear set failing before the fronts, a condition caused by water entering and seizing the parking brake actuator.

Interior Bluetooth connectivity issues and the fact that some infotainment systems require re-booting have been reported.  



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