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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. 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 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