Years constructed: 2009 to 2014
Bodystyles: 5-door hatchback, four-door saloon
It’s the second era of Mazda’s mid-size hatchback, changing the unique Three and being, primarily, the religious successor to the outdated 323. Primarily based on the identical mechanical bundle because the Ford Focus, the three can rightly be considered a considerably extra dependable, and arguably extra trendy model of the Ford, so it’s all the time been common with household consumers. Excessive costs when new imply that it’s way more of a discount on the second hand market.
There actually are solely two engines to select from, as past the 1.6 diesel and 1.6 petrol, the one different choices had been massive 2.Zero-litre engines and only a few consumers ever went for these. Mazda had discontinued the earlier mannequin’s 1.Four-litre engine however seeing as that was (a) underpowered and (b) not very tax environment friendly beneath the then-new Co2-based tax system, no one a lot minded.
The three was constructed on the so-called C1 platform, which implies that it shares a whole lot of its construction and mechanical bundle with the second-generation Ford Focus and C-Max, and the Volvo C30, S40 and V50. There have been simply the 2 physique kinds — a sensible five-door hatchback (which had a 340-litre boot) and a four-door saloon, which was arguably the better-looking model and which got here with a bigger 430-litre boot.
Total cabin house is just like that of the modern Ford Focus, so it’s near class-leading, and whereas the cabin does look slightly plain and darkish, the standard of building is difficult to beat. It’s additionally an excellent automotive to drive, with a pointy chassis and steering.
The 1.6-litre diesel is a well-recognized engine from the Ford-Mazda-Volvo-Peugeot-Citroen co-operation, and with 115hp and 270Nm of torque, efficiency is completely enough, with comparatively low Co2 emissions of 115g/km. The 1.6 petrol is extra uncommon within the diesel-obsessed Irish market, nevertheless it’s a greater wager for low-mileage drivers, though its excessive 147g/km Co2 emissions do imply that you just’ll be stung for tax yearly.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €14,000 will get you a 2013 1.6 diesel.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2013 Mazda Three 1.6d Sport, 30,000km, one proprietor, €13,950 from a SIMI-registered seller.
Whereas the three is predicated on the identical mechanical bundle of the (already fairly dependable) second-gen Ford Focus, the upper high quality requirements at Mazda imply that the three is a bit more dependable general.
Look ahead to boot launch catch failures when moisture will get in by way of worn rubbers, entrance fog lights are susceptible to wreck, and early vehicles can see rust entering into the rear arches.
Diesels develop diesel particulate filter injury if the automotive has solely been pushed for low mileage, and it wants a gradual food plan of high-grade oil to forestall the cylinder head from sludging-up. If the automotive has been pushed onerous on unhealthy roads, then there could also be a rattle on the base of the windscreen the place the instrument cowl is connected, whereas an analogous rattle can develop within the high-level brake gentle mounting.
Alloy wheels are one other corrosion sizzling spot, whereas the tyre strain monitoring system is understood to be troublesome. The tyres are additionally vulnerable to untimely put on on the three, however that’s largely an issue for fashions with the larger, heavier engines. Any clonks or knocks from the suspension are almost certainly to be the entrance drop hyperlinks, which can want changing.
There was, briefly, a 267hp 2.Three-litre turbo MazdaSpeed mannequin of the three, however few, if any, had been bought in Eire. It’s a blisteringly quick sizzling hatch in the event you can monitor one down, although. For those who fancy a efficiency model with out disastrous working prices, just a few late-model 3s got here with Mazda’s 2.2-litre diesel engine in both 150hp or 185hp varieties, that are very fast, however nonetheless very frugal. They’ve unusually excessive Co2 emissions for a diesel although — above 140g/km, and also you’ll most likely must go to the UK to get one.
And if you’ve discovered your good Mazda Three don’t overlook to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.