Mazda3 gets impressive enhancements

Mazda has unveiled some impressive enhancements to three of its family-friendly Mazda3 models – at no extra cost to buyers.

Two Mazda3 Venture models, with 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engines, and the 2.2 litre diesel Mazda3 Sport Nav derivative will get additional equipment such as 17-inch bright finish alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Black Mica door mirror housings and new sporty black cloth seat trim with red stitching.

There’s also a new colour being added to the Mazda3 range with Zeal Red Mica. Though it is a £495 option and there are seven other colours to choose from.

The standard specification for the Mazda3 Venture model is already quite impressive with sports styling, rear spoiler, front fog lamps, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim.

Inside the Mazda3 Venture there’s a leather steering wheel with audio controls, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, plus TomTom satellite navigation with a 5.8-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, climate control air-conditioning, electric front and rear windows, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and heated front sports seats to create a genuine premium car ambience.

As well as its high-performance powertrain, the Mazda3 2.2-litre diesel Sport Nav model has an even more distinctive appearance thanks to its new LED rear lights and added practicality with a heated front windscreen.

With a six-speed manual transmission as standard, this Mazda3 reaches 62mph in just 8.2 seconds, has a top speed of 132mph, records fuel consumption of 52.3mpg (combined cycle) and has a CO2 emissions rating of 142g/km.

Prices for the enhanced Mazda3 models, which already enjoy an unusually generous standard specification, are unchanged – starting at £17,495 on-the-road for the 105ps 1.6-litre Venture petrol model and rising to £18,995 for the 115ps 1.6-litre Venture diesel and to £20,995 for the 185ps 2.2-litre Sport Nav diesel.

Until the end of June, Mazda is offering some very good finance deals on the Mazda3 though before anyone takes them up on their kind offer, you should check out the possible leasing costs to compare them with (I’m guessing the leasing option is still going to be cheaper).

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