Instead of following the trend for downsizing engines and installing small turbocharged petrol motors, Mazda has come up with some radical non-turbocharged units. When combined with the firm's lightweight construction techniques, they deliver promising CO2 and fuel economy figures. The diesel models (which are turbocharged) look even more efficient.
For the 3 to succeed, though, it must deliver on more than just fuel efficiency. Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Mazda 3, along with our recommendations for which of those trim levels and engines to choose.