- New petrol-only Sport Black edition comes with plenty of kit
- Per month it's similarly priced to the 1.5-litre diesel Sport Nav
- 118bhp and a racy bodykit, plus Soul Red or Snowflake White paint
The Mazda 3 has always been a sharp-looking hatchback – and now more than ever thanks to this racy Sport Black edition.
Only 800 of this model will be sold in the UK, offering hot hatch looks with affordable running costs -something that should appeal to company car drivers looking to keep costs down.
A special edition Sport model with a petrol engine may not sound the most obvious choice for a company car but CO2 emissions of 119g/km means this car will cost roughly £70 a month, for a 20 percent tax payer in the 2016/17 tax year.
That means this 118bhp, 2-litre petrol version costs about the same as you’ll pay for a Sport Nav-spec Mazda 3 powered by the new-to-the-range 99g/km 1.5-litre diesel unit.
As such you can expect to race from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds while returning a claimed fuel economy of 55mpg (although not at the same time).
Great-looking paint colours as standard
The Sport Black comes in either Soul Red metallic or Snowflake White pearlescent paint colours as standard, and features 18-inch gunmetal alloys and a sports body kit.
This “Black” designation refers to the colouring of the side-skirts, spoiler, front and rear bumper trims and door mirrors.
Kit-wise there’s plenty to talk about, with the following included as standard:
- Bi-xenon headlights with automatic light sensor
- LED front fog and rear lights
- Automatic headlights and wipers
- Rear parking sensors
- Smart keyless entry
- BOSE surround-sound system
- Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
- Reversing camera
- Black half leather trim
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
- Seven-inch colour touch-screen display
- DAB radio, CD player, AUX, Bluetooth and USB connectivity
- Sat-nav with three years’ free European map updates
- Rear privacy glass
- Front and rear electric windows
- Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter
- Lane departure warning system
Peter Allibon, Mazda sales director, described the 3 hatchback as a popular seller for private and fleet customers alike.
He added: “Thanks to our latest special edition, we’re offering even more value to our customers.
“I’m sure the Mazda3 Sport Black’s winning combination of extra equipment, distinctive styling enhancements and competitive price will make this a very popular addition to the already extensive Mazda3 range.”
The Mazda 3 Sport Black will be in dealerships from April 1, 2016.
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