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Mazda 3 1.8 Skyactiv-D SE-L 5dr Review

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Review

Although Mazda trades on a sporty reputation, the 3 doesn't get anywhere near to a Ford Focus in terms of handling. However, it's not without serious strengths. It comes very well equipped, the infotainment system is great, the interior quality is top-notch and it's refined and reasonably priced. Plus, the fuel-efficient Skyactiv-X engine offers low CO2 emissions that’ll help with company car tax.

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Trim: SE-L

Helping to justify the 3’s high-ish price, Mazda has been relatively generous with standard equipment. This entry-level trim comes with a well-kitted-out infotainment system that includes sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include digital dials, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, power-folding door mirrors and air conditioning. There's also a huge amount of safety features, from automatic emergency braking, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and SOS e-Call.

Engine: 1.8 Skyactiv-D

The 114bhp 1.8-litre diesel engine needs to be worked quite hard and only gives its best from higher revs – uncharacteristically for a diesel. It's noisier than the petrol but not coarse, and you get a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.3 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

68.9

Urban: N/AMotorway: N/A
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

351

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

107

g/km