Used Mazda 3 2019-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

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

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.

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