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.get the best price
Trim: Sport Lux
Sport Lux adds a selection of further luxuries and styling enhancements. These include bigger 18in alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, rear privacy glass, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic gearbox.
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.