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. 

On paper, the official fuel consumption is impressive for the class. Our preferred e-Skyactiv G manages high 40s, while the most efficient manual e-Skyactiv X returns a figure in the mid 50s, although this drops to 47.1mpg when fitted with an automatic gearbox.

Sport Lux adds more luxuries, including rear privacy glass, adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic gearbox. The 18in alloy wheels are also standard on this trim level and above.

Mazda reckons that the more expensive GT Sport and GT Sport Tech trim levels will be most popular with buyers, and to be fair, even these don't appear desperately expensive considering that their added equipment includes leather seat upholstery and a heated steering wheel.

Mazda 3 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

Although Mazda trades on a sporty reputation, the 3 doesn't get anywhere near the Ford Focus in terms of handling. The 3 isn’t the most spacious offering, either, but it's not without serious strengths. It's very well equipped, the infotainment system is great, the interior quality is top-notch and it's 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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