Mazda 3 review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Mazda 3 2021 interior infotainment
  • 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
  • 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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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Mazda 3 is fairly keenly priced compared with, say, the VW Golf and Mercedes A-Class, but rivals such as the Skoda Octavia, Skoda Scala and Vauxhall Astra are cheaper still. The automatic gearbox is a pricey addition, while the e-Skyactiv X petrol engine is a bit costlier than the less powerful e-Skyactiv G.

If you're a cash buyer, it's worth remembering that the 3 is predicted to resist depreciation better than the Octavia, Astra and Ford Focus. That makes its PCP finance and leasing rates lower, too, so it's worth gathering quotes for all the cars you're interested in. 

Equipment, options and extras

Helping to justify the 3’s fairly high price, Mazda is relatively generous with standard equipment. We've mentioned in previous sections that you get a comprehensive infotainment system, parking aids and LED headlights on all models, and entry-level SE-L trim also has adaptive cruise control, power-folding door mirrors and air conditioning. If you can, we'd suggest aiming for SE-L Lux, though; it adds dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and heated front seats for a small premium.

Overview

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.

  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Refined and quiet at speed
  • Great build quality
  • Average handling
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Boot could be more versatile
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