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Mazda have built a reputation based on an individuality that is at the same time thorough in its attention to engineering, design and detail. The company prides itself on finding its own solutions and finding different ways of doing things.

We can look at reviews of three of the latest Mazda models that demonstrate this. But first a brief history.

Just as the name suggests, Mazda are a Japanese car manufacturer founded in 1920. In 2007 Mazda produced over 1.2 million cars worldwide which is a phenomenal feat for what we used to consider a small car brand.

During the 1960's Mazda went through a tough financial period which led to Ford investing in the business. Ford then went on to acquire a 43% stake during the 1980's and early 2000. However, in 2008 during the world financial crisis Ford announced that it was selling 20% of Mazda and surrendering control of the business. Ford now only have a 3% stake in Mazda motor company.

Fuel Economy

Mazdas are as a whole quite fuel efficient beasts. Even the SUV will give you 64 to a gallon with CO2 emissions of only 119g/km. The Mazda 6 saloon will give you a couple of miles more per gallon and the Mazda 3 will give you 67 plus. Of course these are miles per gallon as calculated by the main dealer and quoted in the handbook, this is minimum consumption when driven at optimum speed as per the design specification.

Mazda Servicing costs

Mazda offer a number of service plans with their vehicles which allow clients to spread the cost of their services by paying a monthly amount via direct debit. Mazda also carry a price match promise whereby if you find an independent dealer who will service your car for less they will do the work for the same price. As a guide a service on a Mazda 3 will cost around £89.00 for a full service. This is less than the price quoted by many national service depots, so going to the main dealer may be the best way of securing a good price.


The Mazda2 is the company’s offering in the supermini class – and a very impressive offering it is too. From its launch in 2007, the Mazda2 stole a lead against other manufacturers of this class of car, and it has stayed very much ahead of the field. It won the World Car of the year in 2008 – and has pretty much stayed there.

What customers like about the Mazda2 is that it:

  • is a good, comfortable all-rounder;
  • drives well and is fun to drive;
  • is economical on fuel; and
  • feels much bigger inside than first appearances might suggest.

At a starting price of £11,195 a Mazda2 could be yours for monthly payments of just £233.99 over 60 months – having a no deposit and a good credit history file.


This is the second generation of the popular hatchback, which appears in all new guise, this time around with Mazda’s ground-breaking SKYACTIV technology (which basically means a complete overhaul of everything about the car from bodywork to transmission. Marketed as a sport hatchback the Mazda3 is also available as a fastback. One of the latest features is the inclusion of internet connectivity using your smartphone.

Customers have said about the Mazda3 that it is:

  • finished to a very high specification;
  • good to look at;
  • excellent to drive; and
  • better than any other hatchback on the market by a long way.

Praise indeed from existing customers and, if you would like to join them, prices start at £16,995 – or payments of £357.47 over 60 months – based on you having a £1,500 deposit and a fair credit history.

Mazda MX-5

Since the Mazda MX-5 first appeared all those years ago in 1990, it has grown to become the most popular sports car of the past 20 years. Obviously, the latest version has come a long way since the original but it is still a light, two-seater with rear-wheel drive. Above all, it remains even more fun to drive than ever. The car is:

  • cheap and affordable to run;
  • reliable;
  • stylish; and
  • known for its great road handling.

Prices for the latest Mazda MX-5 start at £18,495 – and could be yours for monthly payments of just £314.78 over 60 months. Illustrations based on a £2,000 deposit or p/x and an excellent credit history.

Having weathered a difficult few years in terms of market share, these latest models are certainly gaining ground once again for the Japanese exporter. If you want to take advantage of what that success has created in the new cars on offer, just contact us at Carfinance247 and we can help you own one.

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