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2013 (13) Mazda 3 1.6 Tamura 5dr

Aberdeen Craigshaw Road Complex
Only £7488
£300 deposit
£144.72 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerDigital clock
Digital exterior temperature gaugeElectric hydraulic power assisted steering
Gear selection indicatorMulti function display
Remote fuel cap releaseTachometer
Trip computerWater temperature gauge

Entertainment

6 speakersAuxiliary input socket
Single play CD/radio with MP3 compatabilitySteering wheel audio controls

Exterior Features

2 speed rear wiper3 speed front intermittent wipe and electric wash
Body colour door handlesBody colour roof spoiler
Body colour side mouldingsBody colour side skirt
Body colour sports grilleBody coloured bumpers
Chrome exhaust trimElectric folding door mirrors
Electric front/rear windowsElectric heated rear glass window
Electric operated/heated door mirrorsFront fog lights
Roof aerialSports body kit
Tinted glassWide angle drivers door mirror

Interior Features

5 headrests60/40 split rear seat back
Active head restraintsAuxilliary 12V power socket
Cigar lighterCloth upholstery
Cupholders - 2 in rear centre armrestDriver seat lumbar adjustment
Driver's seat height adjustmentDriver's vanity mirror with cover/ticket holder
Dual zone climate controlFront centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders
Front door pocketsFront grab handles
Illuminated ashtrayIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated vanity mirrorsInstrument panel light dimmer
Isofix child seat attachmentLeather gearknob
Leather wrapped steering wheelLuggage compartment lighting
Passenger seat back pocketPassenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Pollen filterRear centre armrest
Rear grab handles with coathooksSilver interior door handles
Sports bucket type seatsTilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Welcome mode lighting 

Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
ABS+Electronic Brake force DistributionActive Traction Control (TRC)
Driver and passenger airbagsEmergency brake assist
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront side airbags
Seatbelt reminder front and rear 

Security

Deadlocking systemImmobiliser
Remote central door lockingThatcham Cat.1 alarm

Technical

Dynamic stability control 

Wheels

17" alloy wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.401CO2 (g/km)144
HC0.034Noise Level dB(A)70
NOx0.008Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)78Cylinders - Stroke (mm)83.6
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)44.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)54.3EC Urban (mpg)33.6

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power105
Based On ID43575Coin SeriesTamura
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0713EInsurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %86NCAP Child Occupant Protection %84
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9NCAP Pedestrian Protection %51
NCAP Safety Assist %71Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)12.2Engine Power - BHP105
Engine Power - KW77Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT107
Engine Torque - MKG14.8Engine Torque - NM145
Engine Torque - RPM4000Top Speed112

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/50 R17Tyre Size Rear205/50 R17
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1470Length4490
Wheelbase2640Width1755

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1770
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)340Max. Loading Weight438
Max. Roof Load75Max. Towing Weight - Braked930
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked550Minimum Kerbweight1332
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mazda 3 MPS

By Andy Enright

Introduction

As a nation, we love our performance hatchbacks like no other. We can't seem to get enough of any small car with a bit of the go-faster fairy dust sprinkled over it. There are some rather curious exceptions though. When Mazda first launched its Mazda3 MPS superhatch back in 2006, we got a bit sniffy about it. The formula seemed quite straightforward. Here was a car that shared many of the same underpinnings as the Ford Focus ST but was significantly more powerful, better equipped for the money, offered better weight distribution but a slightly firmer ride. Yet it pretty much bombed, the Focus ST outselling it ten to one. Fast forward to 2009 and this Japanese brand tried again, launching a second generation Mazda3 MPS. Do these make a smart used buy? Here's what to look for.

History

Despite looking radically different to its predecessor, the 2009 Mazda3 MPS in fact shared a large percentage of common parts. The engine was a carry over unit, developing the same 260PS, but tweaked to meet Euro5 emissions regulations. The basic chassis setup was also carried over, albeit with some tuning done to improve the ride/handling balance. The big difference between this car and its predecessor was that it now looked properly sporty, rather than a car that apologetically wore some spoilers as if it was reluctantly trying them on for size. This hit the right notes from the outset, with industry monitor CAP upping its benchmark three-year/60,000-miles forecasted residual value by three percentage points against the old MPS. Sales were steady if not spectacular, helped by a £21,500 asking price, but set against some frankly horrible trading conditions. In 2011, long time tuning partner of Mazda's, BBR, offered three engine tuning upgrades for the MPS, with a choice of power outputs at 290, 320 and a sensational 380PS. Mazda themselves made a significant change to the MPS at the end of 2012, adding a new gunmetal finish for the 18-inch alloy wheels, whilst the inner roof spoiler, door mirror housings and lower rear bumper trim were finished in a Black Mica finish. The MPS soldiered on until the end of 2013 when an all-new Mazda3 model line up was introduced.

What You Get

Whereas most sports hatches aren't that well appointed, this one's spec list is pretty impressive. You'd expect sports seats, 18-inch alloys and twin exhausts, but you'll also get a 10-speaker Bose stereo, sat nav and rear parking sensors, all extras that would probably tack around £2,000 onto the price of a rival. It's fairly practical too, with 300-litres of boot space on offer, depending on the variant you choose. Push forward the backrest and the load bay isn't completely flat, but it is quite big, with 1360-litres on offer in a cargo area that's long, deep and practical. As for passenger space, well, rear room is adequate, with good foot space under the front seats, but a central adult passenger won't enjoy themselves given that the rear bench has been carefully shaped for two. Three children should be OK there though. At the wheel, a classy update was needed if the Mazda3 was to keep pace with more recently introduced rivals. In response, the designers replaced the previous silver colour of the lower dashboard console with black. And ringed the dials and controls most used by the driver in satin-polish silver that was supposed to be easier to see. The result is a more cohesively styled cabin and while you wouldn't think yourself to be in a Mercedes A-Class in terms of materials quality, this second generation Mazda3 MPS is definitely a step or two upmarket from its predecessor in terms of look and feel. For enhanced 'active' safety appropriate for a high-performance model, the car comes with Bi-Xenon headlights featuring a swivel-type Adaptive Front Light System (AFS), front fog lamps, a radar-based rear vehicle monitoring (RVM) system and large, 320mm diameter ventilated front disc brakes.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

The big things to look out for on the MPS are misaligned suspension and crash damage. Check for uneven tyre wear. If driven 'enthusiastically', an MPS can easily chew through a set of front tyres in less than 5000 miles but the engine is extremely tough. Just make sure it's had its 3000 mile initial service and has hit its 9k and 18k services satisfactorily. Other than that, the MPS might well be the most reliable high performance hatch around.

Replacement Parts

(Estimated prices, based on a 2010 Mazda3 MPS). The preferred tyre for the MPS is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, with owners reporting longer life and lower noise levels than either the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A or the Michelin Pilot Sport 2. Budget around £105 per tyre for the 225/40 R18 size required if you chance upon a used MPS that's looking a bit weary on its rubber. Other consumables are quite reasonably priced. An air filter is around £18 and a fuel filter retails at round £24. An oil filter is £6, spark plugs are about £3 and a timing belt is around £40.

On the Road

The Mazda3 MPS delivers a massive 260PS of turbocharged punch. This demolishes the sprint to 60mph in 6.1s and registers a top speed of 155mph. Peak power is achieved at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 380Nm comes on stream at 3,000rpm. Drive is directed to the front wheels only, although traction is surprisingly good. If you only ever drove the original MPS, the later car's improved ride and body control will come as a revelation. Improved aerodynamics gave greater high-speed stability. A stiffer bodyshell, revised power steering and modified suspension guaranteed a compliant ride with crisp, precise responses to driver inputs. Higher gearing and the application of Mazda's weight-reducing 'Gram Strategy' also helped to reduce CO2 emissions by 3 percent. The first UK-registered example of the Mazda3 MPS even won its class in the 2009 ALD/Total Excellium/Fleet World MPG Marathon, returning no less than 41.75mpg over the 353.5 miles of the Marathon. Driven as it was designed, you'll probably see quite a bit less! As long as the road surface is dry, torque steer is well contained, and even on our poor road surfaces, you can work up a decent flow with the Mazda3 MPS. Keen drivers will know what we're talking about when we say that some cars seem to want to fight your inputs and are a constant battle to drive - whereas others just work in harmony with you. The Mazda3 is one of the latter. Its sophisticated multilink rear suspension just works on British roads and should you feel the urge, you can cover ground at real pace without the car feeling ragged or tiring to drive. The front end is incredibly good and the electronic boost pressure control ensures lively throttle response, minimising turbo lag. A limited-slip differential helps ensure drive out of corners without traction control interfering. A 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 155mph will be enough for most without resorting to the BBR upgrades. The six-speed manual gearbox has wider spaced gear ratios than the previous model and is fitted with low-viscosity fluid to reduce shift effort when the transmission is cold. Like the regular Mazda3, the MPS version places the gear shift lever 60mm higher than it would normally be, slanted towards the driver, while the gearbox design also ensures precise and clean shift characteristics for more driving fun.

Overall

The Mazda3 MPS offers an interesting alternative to the usual hot hatch choices of Ford Focus ST, Vauxhall Astra VXR and Volkswagen Golf GTI. As a used proposition, it might just be the best of the lot, incorporating strong equipment levels, a fantastic reliability record and sensible pricing. Oh, and power. Did we mention that? It comes as standard.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
80%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
80%

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Monthly payment£144.72
Deposit£300
Term (months)60
Cash price£7488
Credit amount£7188
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£8984.20
Fixed interest rate4.1%
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Aberdeen Craigshaw Road Complex

Craigshaw Road, West Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, AB12 3AR

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