Used Mazda3 residual value boosted

The new 1.6-litre diesel Mazda3 Sport, a small Fiesta-size hatchback, will keep more of its value after three years than ever before after used car expert Glass’s Guide upgraded its residual value.

A used Mazda3 hatchback received the residual value boost because of improvements to its fuel economy and CO2 emissions courtesy of new, greener engine technology.

Andy Cutler, UK Car Editor – Forecast Values at Glass’s Guide, said: “The Sport trim, available on the 1.6-litre diesel engine for the first time, will certainly help demand as it will appeal to a younger market sector in this highly competitive segment.

“Overall the model is a well priced, good mid-sized hatchback which is competitive against its rivals. The upgrade should help the values of the vehicle stand up a little more as well as have more appeal.”

The move comes as Mazda introduces the diesel engine to its new Mazda3 range at Mazda UK dealerships. The engine is extremely efficient, returning 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and delivering just 115g/km of CO2 emissions.

This is enough to qualify for Band B of UK road tax and avoid any payments in the first year. It also benefits business drivers by falling into the 17 per cent company car benefit-in-tax bracket.

The Mazda3 Sport is one of the top-level specifications and includes dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, a premium Bose sound system and automatic lights and wipers.

Priced from a little over £19,000, the Mazda3 Sport 1.6 diesel will cost £6,500 after three years and 100,000 miles, according to the revised residual values released today for the compact hatchback.