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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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17 reader reviews for Mazda 3 Saloon.
  • 1.6 TS 4dr

    Rudi Esterhuizen , . Date: 27/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I have owned this car for about 3 years now and I still love it. It is a great looking car inside and out. I find that the cabin in particular is very well designed, it has the extended round gauges which really stand out and everything is within comfortable reach. It's very comfortable to drive both short and long distances and the seats are of good quality and seem to last long without showing its age.

    The engine is solid and very reliable, I have had no issues with it to date. The 1.6 petrol engine is very smooth through the revs and the gearbox feels solid with smooth changes as well. The handling is much better than I expected although there does seem to be a bit of under-steer if you take a sharp turn a bit too quick. I get an average of about 35mpg and servicing costs are more than reasonable, especially since it uses a timing chain instead of a cam-belt so unless something goes wrong with it, it should never need to be changed.

    The only negative points I have on this car is that the back wheel arches are prone to rust, so you need to keep an eye out for that and on motorways there does seem to be quite a bit of road noise, but not too excessive.

  • 1.6 D TS 4dr

    Simon Barrett Date: 07/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I purchased this car second hand from a leasing Co for a decent price before the crunch. It had high mileage 78K but it was better than ones that I had test drove that had done 40k.

    I do get the odd wheel spin from standing which is un-nerving, but it is a smaller car to what I am use to. MGP is poor for a diesel at 44mpg, at best, however taken to a garage and found out the turbo has blown. Costly to fix (now not under warranty) however should improve MPG, and cheaper than buying another car that I may have to spend even more money on.

    TS model has decent level of kit and AC is satisfactory, although could be better. The boot is better than rivals and the back seats are roomier enough for the 2 kids. Servicing is cheap enough, and easy on the tyres.

    Driving is fun round corners and has fast enough pace when overtaking in the mid range speeds, however struggles at the higher end, 60+. Cruising is comfortable and nippy round town. Before the wife and I bought this car we test drove various others, Golf, Leon, Auris, Focus, and Civic. The Focus and Golf although good in size and equipment, rolled round corners too much compared to the mazda and has better styling.

    Overall we are very happy with the Mazd3, great to drive long or short distances, with or without the kids.

  • 2.0 TS2 4dr

    giuseppe pastore , wiltshire . Date: 11/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    i have owned a mazda for 2 years know and i am really impressedby what i have experianced so far. we drove to france for a holiday and didnt let me down, The 2.0 performance is stunning, i really enjoy driving it and would deffinately buy another mazda.Its better than your euro boxs, i would recomend a mazda to anybody.

  • 1.6 TS 4dr

    neil finch Date: 18/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A superb mid-size car for those looking for something different to the ubiquitous Focus/Astra/Golf. The saloon looks so much more elegant than the hatchback - it looks more like a coupe - and the boot is cavernous anyway. I'm trading mine in for the 2.3 MPS after 2½ faultless years. I haggled £1300 off the list price from new. Running costs and insurance are low. The seats are superb, even after a long day on the motorway. Equipment is the most generous of any competitor. I've had several people ask about the car whilst in various car parks due to the stunning looks. The handling is absolutely dynamite - throw it into any corner and it hugs the tarmac like glue with minimal body roll. My only gripe is that the 1.6 engine isn't the most spirited in the class. 0-60 is quite pedestrian without thrashing the thing but cornering and handling more than compensate. The 2.0 litre isn't worth the extra money from reviews in various mags. If only the 2.3 turbo came in a saloon version.......heaven !!

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