The modelRead full 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 e-Skyactiv X engine offers low CO2 emissions that’ll help with company car tax.
The trimSee full equipment
It's still worth considering the upper trims, such as this GT Sport, because they're not overly priced. Upgrades include a powered driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, leather seat upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system.
The engineSee full engine specs
The most potent engine in the Mazda 3 range feels usefully stronger thanks to the 8.1sec 0-62mph time, although it still lacks the low-down pulling power of turbocharged rivals. Impressively, it feels much the same as a regular petrol engine despite all the clever emissions-reducing technology under the bonnet.
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