What used Mazda 3 hatchback will I get for my budget?
High-mileage diesel Mazda 3s can be found for £6500. Petrol models, which are much more popular, starts at a couple of grand more, at £8500 from private sellers. Meanwhile, £9250 is the price point for a diesel-engined car with reasonable mileage, while petrol cars from a franchise dealership cost about the same.
How much does it cost to run a Mazda 3 hatchback?
On paper, at least, the Mazda 3 looks like it costs more to run than its competitors. This is because its larger petrol and diesel engines didn’t return the best claimed fuel economy figures compared with the downsized versions in rivals.
The most frugal engine is the 1.5-litre diesel unit, which has a claimed economy figure of 74.3mpg and sneaks into the free road tax band. The larger 2.2-litre diesel claims to manage 68.9mpg and costs £20 per year in tax.
Of the petrol range, there are one 1.5-litre and two 2.0-litre engines. The 1.5 and 118bhp 2.0-litre petrols claim 55.4mpg and cost £30 per year in tax. The more powerful 163bhp 2.0-litre costs a little bit more to run at 48.7mpg and £135 per year in tax.
That said, in our experience, the Mazda 3 gets closer to achieving its official fuel consumption in the real world than rival cars do, which means its fuel efficiency tends not to be as bad as the figures suggest.
It’s worth noting that any Mazda 3 registered after 1 April 2017 will cost you £140 per year in road tax due to the change in how cars are charged.
Insurance levels are higher than most of its rivals, so it will be worth getting a few quotes from companies before you commit. Servicing costs are also not quite as cheap as mainstream rivals, but they’re not the worst.