What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda 3 hatchback?
The obvious alternative to the Mazda 3 is the Ford Focus, which is closely related to the 3 under the skin. It’s just as much fun to drive and has a slightly more upmarket interior, but it’s more ubiquitous, which might be a downside if you want to stand out from the crowd.
The Volkswagen Golf suffers the same problem, but to make up for it, it enjoys a truly classy interior and smart looks on the outside too. It’s efficient, well-built and enjoyable to drive, too, though it isn’t quite as sharp or as exciting to drive as the Mazda.