New Mazda undercuts Focus RS by £5k
7 September 2009

The new Mazda 3 MPS will cost from £21,500 when it goes on sale on 1 October.

This pricing pitches the MPS in the same league as the Ford Focus ST (which shares the 3’s platform), yet the Mazda produces performance figures more akin to the Focus RS, which costs nearly £5000 more.

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Mazda 3 MPS first drive review

The 256bhp MPS clocks 6.1 seconds for 0-60mph and has a limited top speed of 155mph, not far behind the Focus RS’s figures of 5.9 seconds and 163mph.

Power comes from the same 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the previous MPS, but improved aerodynamics make the new model slightly more economical at 29.4mpg, and Co2 emissions are down three per cent to 224g/km.

Dynamic upgrades include a body shell with 41 per cent more torsional stiffness, modified suspension and higher gearing.

Styling changes consist of a new bonnet air scoop and front grille, a larger rear spoiler and wider 18-inch wheels with lower profile tyres.

Inside the MPS there is extensive kit as standard (no options are available), including a ten-speaker sound system, satellite navigation, starter button and the blind-spot detecting radar system from the Mazda 6.

Richard Webber

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The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

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4 September 2009

0-62mph in 61 seconds, just over the full minute then. must have special gearing.

4 September 2009

Bargain at this price, can't wait for a group test against the ST, VXR, the forthcoming Civic Mugen Type R and Golf R20 both with similar power output but with prices which I can imagine will be much more than the MPS. That gaping mouth not to my taste in this bright colour but in black or dark grey I can imagine it will look great and with 5 doors still practical enough for family man racer.

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