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The Hottest Hatch

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October 12, 2006
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There’s a new hatchback destined for the UK market and it’s an absolute scorcher. Unbelievably this superheated pocket rocket is not a new VW, Citroen, Peugeot or Renault. It’s not even a Nissan. No, come February, the hottest hatch available to UK drivers will be a Mazda.

The Mazda 3 MPS will have very little in common with Mazda’s standard “3” (aka Axela), which many would place firmly in the “boring” category. The car will share the same 2.3 litre turbocharged engine as the Mazda 6 MPS, which in it’s new home will generate an unbelievable 265 horsepower capable of doing 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds.

The MPS styling will be much in evidence as well, with 18 inch alloys, Bose sound system and wheel mounted controls. More technical stuff.

The car’s not out until February, so no rates yet, but when it does come out, our Sterling department, who specialise in hot hatches as well as younger drivers should be your first port of call for insurance. (As a vaguely comparable example, a 41 year old male with maximum no claims bonus would pay just £350 for fully comprehensive insurance on a 150hp Volkswagen Golf GTi)

This driver has had the car a year, keeps it in a garage and is a subscribing member of Performance VW and lives in TQ11 postcode

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