Used Mazda 3 2019-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

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Mazda 3 driving
  • Mazda 3 driving
  • Mazda 3 infotainment
  • Mazda 3 interior
  • Mazda 3 boot
  • Mazda 3 driving
  • Mazda 3 rear
  • Mazda 3 rear seats
  • Mazda3 Skyactiv X engine
  • Mazda 3 driving
  • Mazda 3 infotainment
  • Mazda 3 interior
  • Mazda 3 boot
  • Mazda 3 driving
  • Mazda 3 rear
  • Mazda 3 rear seats
  • Mazda3 Skyactiv X engine
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda 3 hatchback?

Any Ford Focus will beat a 3 in terms of driver engagement and cornering grip. It's let down by a low-rent interior and clunkier to operate infotainment system, but on the plus side, rear seat accommodation is vast.

A post-facelift Vauxhall Astra is even less expensive to buy than a Mazda 3, but you will have to weigh that up against poorer handling, an infotainment system that's more awkward to use on the move, and worse refinement at speed.

Mazda 3 rear

Overview

It may not be able to challenge the Ford Focus in terms of how it drives, but the Mazda 3 is well equipped, stuffed with safety technology, and has a very plush interior compared with most family cars.

  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Refinement at speed
  • Great interior quality
  • Poor wet weather grip
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Boot could be more versatile