Fifth Gear Tests The Mazda 3 MPS

The original Mazda 3 MPS was like the plain kid at school, the one that nobody ever notices despite being quite funny and clever. The 3 MPS had plenty of virtues (such as 256bhp from a 2.3-litre turbo) and yet it was easily overlooked, mainly because most people don’t associate Mazda with performance.

Mazda 3 MPS

With the latest version of the 3 MPS, Mazda have swapped the understated looks of the old model for something a little more daring. It’s easier to identify this range topper thanks to a more aggresive bodykit and underneath the bonnet is the same 256bhp 2.3-litre engine . But is it any good? Let’s take it for a spin with Vicki Butler-Henderson (but perhaps we ought to tell her she’s wrong, it’s not a 2.5-litre engine, it’s only 2,261cc).

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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