The All-New Mazda3 | Is it for me…?

Redesigned and now fully equipped with SKYACTIV Technology. The Mazda3 is the first model stated by Mazda to offer internet connectivity to apps such as Facebook and Twitter.  The 7” touch screen with MZD-Connect infotainment enhances the driver experience and makes commuting hassle-free.

Not only is the new sculptured body creating an uproar amongst consumers but also the low CO2 emissions (99g/km) and excellent fuel efficiency (74.3mpg) is generating lots of appeal.

The Mazda3 demonstrates class as well as entertainment so would fit perfectly into any business fleet. If you are interested in having the Mazda3 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.Blog divider

Review: Renault Megane

Make and Model:

Kia Sportage 4 CRD1 

Engine Size:

2.0 CRD1 6 speed

Overview:

The Kia Sportage is a lot of car for your money. It is large inside and out, stylish and comfortable. At times it can feel slightly ‘boxy’ but it makes up for that by offering generous amount of space, gadgets and nice features.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The outside design is quite typical of a modern SUV / Crossover – but a lot larger. It has a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing shape and to keep the vehicle somewhat masculine and not too curvy, when viewed from the front is slightly square.

It is also relatively tall and the average person will undoubtedly have to step up and into the car, this adds to the spacious feel. 

First Impressions – Interior:

The interior was well executed, with all of the controls within easy reach.

It was impressively well-equipped with technology, the amount of information it provided was rather overwhelming but that is down to personal preference.

Both the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat had electronic adjusters and another charming feature, both seats were heated. The seats themselves are really comfortable and have adjustable lumber support – It really did feel like you were driving from an armchair.

The built in Sat Nav was simple to use and extremely helpful for example it noticed the fuel was low and asked if I wanted to go to the nearest garage – very handy!

It also had a DAB radio and media player which supplied excellent sound all around the vehicle. All of these operations were accessed by an 8” touch screen which sometimes needed to be pressed twice to get recognition but the overall experience and the ease of use made it an impeccable gadget to have.

The roof was full length glass with tilt and slide open options, this let in a great deal of light and air and added to the feel of there being ample room inside. The boot also had major advantages, it was wide as well as tall so perfect for family trips or lots of luggage.

Performance:

The car is deceiving but in a good way, it looks heavy to manoeuvre due to its size but is actually surprising light to drive, which makes a change to other SUV type vehicles. The drive felt positive and overall the vehicle was very responsive to different road conditions.

Practicality:

The car is best suited for those with large families or people with a requirement for lots of interior room.

Due to its sheer size, it makes narrow parking (even with the reversing camera) quite a challenge. However, the driving position is noticeably high above other vehicles so all round vision is very good.

Rivals:

Nissan Quashqai, SEAT Ateca, Renault Kadjar and Hyundai Tucson

Overall Thoughts:

The overall interior space, user friendly gadgets and comfortability are added bonuses to the sportier feel it presents on the road. The Kia Sportage is undeniably a worthy contender in the SUV/Crossover market.

Score (out of 10): 

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Review: Audi A3 Sportback

MAKE AND MODEL:

Audi A3 Sportback

ENGINE SIZE:

2.0L

OVERVIEW: 

The Audi A3 is an overall neat and tidy looking vehicle with CO2 emissions varying according to engine size of 99-129g/km. The Sportback version is noticeable longer in body length and benefits from extra boot space and overall passenger leg room.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – EXTERIOR:

The model we tested had sporty alloy wheels giving the vehicle a great first impression. The roof bar made the car look extremely stream lined making it look like an item of real craftsmanship and quality.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – INTERIOR:

The inside is very minimalistic with only  a few gadgets and dials, the Multi Media Interface lets you control the majority of the functions centrally so there is little distraction whilst driving. The display is extremely clear, that clear you think it is a touch screen rather than just a display screen. Overall the cabin is elegant, well built and ergonomically excellent.

PERFORMANCE: 

The 2.0l engine provides extremely strong performance and under strong acceleration is still very quiet and fun to drive.  The vehicle provides strong grip on the road, smooth transition between gear changes and bear minimum vibration fed back through the steering. The road handling makes you feel exceptionally safe and secure.

PRACTICALITY:

The extra leg room and boot capacity makes it great for any family looking for a new car for this purpose. But, fitting a pushchair and shopping at the same time was a tight squeeze. For a family with older children the extra space inside is perfect.

RIVALS:

Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, BMW 1 Series

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Visually, it is very similar to a Leon, the drive is comfortable and spacious making those long journeys much more bearable. It is perfect for family with older children.

SCORE (OUT OF 10):

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