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Mazda3 MPS 5 door Hatch (2007)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2007

The MPS has benign looks for such a hot version of the Mazda 3. It’s an affordable, little rocket-ship that raises the bar for hot-hatches.
Under the lid, there’s the 2.3-litre turbo, intercooled engine as used in the larger 6 MPS. With power and torque similar to a current model Falcon six and a significantly lighter body, performance is impressive.

But all that urge through the front wheels means torque steer rears its ugly head, despite Mazda’s clever torque control system hosing down the worst of it.

With a slick, six-speed manual gearbox, good brakes, a responsive chassis and plenty of grip from the 18”, 45-series rubber, the 3 MPS is entertaining motoring.

A functionally laid-out interior and good build quality enhance the package.
Mazda 3 MPS 5 door Hatch 2007


Performance, finish, understated looks


Torque steer, tyre noise, spare tyre, ride

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model 3 MPS 5-door hatch
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2007
Price when new $39 990 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 2.3-litre, direct petrol injection, 4-cyl
Max power 190 kW @ 5500 rpm
Max torque 380 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 8.2 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 25.5 m
Fuel type PULP
Capacity (ADR FIGURE): 10.0 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.