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.
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.
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