For Stylish small hatchback that majors on value and reliability. The Mazda 3 is good to drive with sharp steering and plenty of grip. Kit levels are high on most models, too.
Against The 1.6 petrol engine gives mediocre pace, while the ride is firm and there’s a fair bit of road noise. Space in the rear is no more than okay and the cabin is rather dark.
A fresh and funky approach in an otherwise conservative market. The Mazda 3 backs up its snazzy looks with an enjoyable drive, and it’s great value and should prove reliable, too. Not without its shortcomings, though.
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There are lots of engine and trim options to choose from, and you can’t really go wrong with any of them. The entry-level 1.6 petrol is fairly slow, but it’s adequate if you don’t want to get anywhere in a hurry. Of all the engines available, we’d recommend the smooth and punchy 1.6 diesel.
We’d point you towards Venture trim, too, which gets climate control, alloys, sat nav, USB connectivity, auto lights and wipers, cruise control and Bluetooth.
Discount-wise, you might struggle to get to 10% (although you should always try) – anywhere between 5% and 8% will be a decent enough deal.
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