For Both the petrol and diesel engines are economical, and the 3 Fastback handles neatly and comes with plenty of equipment. It’s cheaper than many other compact saloons, too.
Against There’s lots of wind and road noise on the motorway, and rival saloons offer more boot space.
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If you want a small saloon, the Mazda 3 Fastback is a decent choice. It’ll cost you less as a company car than its premium-badged rivals, but most private buyers will be better off with the more practical Mazda 3 hatchback.
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There are 10 Mazda 3 versions available
Target Price team says:
The Mazda 3 Fastback is the four-door version to the traditional five-door 3 hatchback. It’s unusual in that it’s a non-premium small saloon, so it doesn’t have many direct rivals. Its closest is the Volkswagen Jetta, although it also crosses over into lower-end Audi A3 Saloon, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes CLA and Volvo S60 territory (these are, of course, appreciably more expensive to buy and run).
It costs exactly the same as the equivalent Mazda 3 hatchback, although there’s the choice of only one petrol and one diesel engine. An automatic gearbox is an option on the petrol; unlike in the hatch, the diesel engine comes only with a manual ’box.
The petrol versions are best for low-mileage private buyers, partly because they’re so much cheaper than the diesels. Company car drivers will be better off with a diesel, though, due to its low CO2 emissions.
Entry-level SE trim offers the best value; it comes with a decent amount of kit, while keeping the price low.