What used Mazda 3 hatchback will I get for my budget?
High-mileage diesel Mazda 3s can be found for £5500. Petrol models start at between £500 and £1000 more, but these examples often have fewer miles on the clock, perhaps explaining some of that additional cost.
A petrol or diesel example with an average number of miles on it is around £7500. A refreshed 3 arrived in early 2017, and you'll be able to pick up one of those for just under £10,000. If you want one of the last cars from 2019, you'll need to increase your budget to £17,000.
How much does it cost to run a Mazda 3 hatchback?
The most frugal engine is the 1.5-litre diesel unit, which has an official economy figure of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km and sneaks into the free road tax band. The larger 2.2-litre diesel officially returns 68.9mpg and puts out 107g/km.
Of the petrol range, the 1.5 and 118bhp 2.0-litre models achieve 55.4mpg and emissions of 119g/km. The more powerful 163bhp 2.0-litre version costs a little bit more to run, with figures of 48.7mpg and 135g/km.
It’s worth noting that any Mazda 3 registered after 1 April 2017 will be taxed under the current flat-rate system, while ones registered before will be charged depending on the emissions it put out. To find out more about road tax costs, click here.
Insurance is higher than for 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 those of most mainstream rivals, but they’re not the worst.
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