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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 e-Skyactiv X engine offers low CO2 emissions that’ll help with company car tax.
The trimSee full equipment
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.
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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