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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 D TS 4dr

    Nigel Wheeler , Tyne & Wear . Date: 07/02/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    Having viewed many of the mainstream cars, including pictures of the new Focus, I decided I wanted something that looked sportier.

    Having been a hatchback fanatic, I was keen on the Mazda 3 but was disappointed by the boot space. However, as soon as I saw the range at the motor show, I knew that the saloon with its coupe-like profile was the one.

    I have already clocked up 10k miles since last July and am impressed with its ride and handling, both being sporty but not too firm. Having heard about the wind noise I can say that it is not noticable. The quality of fit and finish are good and I am still impressed by the interior theme.

    The style fits in well with the rest of the car. Having got a reasonable discount and a few free extras I would recommend it to anyone, particularly in diesel guise, as it is both smooth and punchy but is still returning and average of 54mpg.

  • 2.0 TS2 4dr

    lloyd morgan Date: 23/01/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I bought the car in March 2003. Got £1500 off the list price at a main dealer so couldn't say no and I'm glad I didn't.

    The drive is lovely and smooth. It feels like a much larger car on the motorways. Engine noise is minimal as is the road and wind noise, contrary to this website's review.

    The cabin is comfy with plenty of room for a family and a trolley full of shopping. Stereo sound could be a bit better, although the six-CD changer as standard is quite nice.

    I have just had a test drive in the new Focus and, although they are built on the same base, I would pick the Mazda every time. It's cheaper too.

  • 1.6 TS 4dr

    andrew williamson , sussex . Date: 19/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I don't feel I am fully qualified to comment on ride and handling etc (to me they are great), but all I will say is DO NOT be put off by reviews saying it had high wind noise as it doesn't.

    I have owned it for a week now and it is quieter than my previous car (PUMA) in both road and wind noise. I am presuming that the hatchback may have been slightly noisier.

    A great looking car (I feel the saloon looks sportier) and has a solid feel (closing doors/boot etc)

    Go the extra few pounds and buy this instead of the Focus.

  • 1.6 TS 4dr

    Neil Bilham Date: 12/12/2004
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I bought the car in the summer. I was looking for a practical family car that was going to last for a long time.

    I had seen pictures of the hatchback but not the saloon. I had only seen one picture of the 3 saloon and I insisted to my wife that it was the car for us. The Mazda 3 is practical, stylish and in my opinion, one of the best cars in its class.

    I bought the car in Cyprus and got a really good deal on the car. The dealer was really helpful even if they don't speak the best of english. I have had no problems with the car and I have spoken to Mazda UK and they have told me that my 3 year warranty is valid in the UK. I still have 1 year left in Cyprus and plan to ship the car back.

    I would highly recommend this car to anyone with a family that doesn't want to buy an MPV. This car easily accommodates 2 children, 2 prams and shopping.

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