Mazda 3 review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Mazda 3 2021 front tracking
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  • Mazda 3 2021 interior front seats
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  • Mazda 3 2021 front tracking
  • Mazda 3 2021 rear cornering
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mazda 3 2021 right tracking
  • Mazda 3 2021 front cornering
  • Mazda 3 2021 rear tracking
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior front seats
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior detail
  • Mazda 3 2021 interior driver display
  • Mazda 3 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

There’s plenty of quirkiness to be found in Japan: toilet seats that sing to you and sushi delivered by model trains, for example. Likewise, the Mazda 3 has always tended to do things a little differently from others in the family car market, and the same is true of the latest model.

Firstly, there are its looks: this stylish five-door hatchback channels the stunning Kai concept car of 2017, with smoothly contoured surfaces and a sloped roofline that tails off neatly into its rear screen.

Things get even more interesting when you look at Mazda’s innovative e-Skyactiv X compression-ignition petrol engine. It’s a clever design that burns petrol a bit like a diesel engine burns its fuel – and, as we know, you get great efficiency with a diesel.

According to Mazda, that means you can enjoy MX-5 performance with Mazda 2 fuel economy. Does it work? We’ll tell you in this review.

Technology is one thing, but the 3 needs to be a seriously accomplished all-rounder if it’s to succeed in the hotly contested family car category. Read on over the next few pages to find out how it compares with its rivals, what it's like to drive and own, and which engines and trims make the most sense.

If a Mazda 3 has piqued your interest – or you're in the market for any make and model of vehicle – make sure you check out the savings available through our free What Car? New Car Buying service. There are lots of strong Mazda 3 deals listed.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,259
Target Price from £21,223
Save up to £1,259
or from £200pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £20,790
Leasing deals
From £196pm
RRP price range £22,155 - £29,895
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 46.3 - 54.3
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,228 / £1,836
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,455 / £3,673
Available colours