Used Mazda 3 Hatchback 2009-2013 review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)
  • Mazda 3 Hatchback (09-13)

Alternatives

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.

Overview

The Mazda 3 isn’t the most comfortable car in the world, but it’s fun to drive and cheap to run

  • Entertaining handling
  • Cheap to run
  • Smart looks
  • Firm ride
  • Plasticky dashboard
  • Rear-seat space could be better