Mazda 3 line-up updated for 2013

The sporty and efficient Mazda 3 range is being updated for the 2013 model year following the revisions the Japanese firm has made to the range’s halo model, the Mazda 3 MPS.

The previous special edition-only Tamura and Venture Mazda 3 editions now join the range as permanent trim levels, offering an excellent level of equipment as standard.

Prices for the new Tamura model starts at an attractive £15,995, and for your money you get a great level of kit. 17-inch alloy wheels, a sports bodykit, electric windows, a premium six-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control and front, side and curtain airbags all come fitted as standard, assuring comfort, safety and superb style.

On top of the tempting Tamura version’s equipment levels, the Mazda 3 Venture adds a light gunmetal finish to the sporty alloy wheels, a rear boot spoiler, privacy glass, a 5.8-inch Sanyo TomTom sat-nav system, Bluetooth, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control and heated front seats.

Prices start at £17,495 for this fantastic level of equipment – excellent value for money indeed.

On top of the updated looks and amazing levels of standard-fit kit, the Mazda 3’s engine-line-up has also been improved, giving even more performance and greater efficiency.

The 105hp 1.6-litre petrol engine’s fuel economy has been improved by 1.4%, while CO2 emissions have been reduced by 2%, equating to a 3g/km improvement and a welcome saving in company car tax.

The current Mazda 3’s 115hp 1.6-litre turbodiesel will also be available, returning staggering fuel economy of 65.7mpg combined, with just 115g/km CO2 emissions, meaning just £30 annual road tax.

Alongside the two new trim levels, the current Sport Nav model will remain. This Mazda 3 model gets a powerful and efficient 185hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine – performance is excellent, with 0-62mph taking just 8.2 seconds.

Efficiency is strong too, given the Mazda 3’s sensational turn of speed. The Mazda 3 Sport Nav will return 52.3mpg combined while emitting only 142g/km CO2. That’s an appealing blend of performance and efficiency.

If you’re after something faster still, there’s always the newly updated 260hp Mazda 3 MPS…

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