Used Mazda 3 Hatchback 2004 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

Mazda 3 Hatchback (04 - 09)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (04 - 09)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (04 - 09)

Our recommendations

Which used Mazda 3 hatchback should I buy?

Pick from four engines - three petrols, plus a diesel - and four trims. There's no one model to avoid, but the 1.6 petrol delivers the best trade-off between power and ownership costs.

The smallest motor is a 1.4 that's willing but needs to be worked hard, while the 2.0 is quick but noisy, and brings with it an electro-hydraulic power steering system, which feels more nervous than the purely hydraulic version on the 1.6. The diesel is economical, but sluggish.