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

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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. The lack of rear seat space is something to consider if you regularly carry adults in the back, and don't forget if you want more power the more powerful Skyactiv-X petrol engine is due to arrive later this year.

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Trim: SE-L Lux

This is our pick if you're balancing kit with costs. SE-L Lux adds some nice extras, such as dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry, front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, without pushing up the price too much.

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

0-62 MPH12.1 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


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



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating