Used Mazda 3 2014-2019 review

Alternatives

(2014 - 2019)
Used Mazda 3 2014-2019
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda 3 hatchback?

The Audi A3 is a bit of a What Car? favourite, and for good reason. It's a premium car, and you'll have to pay a premium for it over a Mazda 3, but it does have excellent driving manners, a classy interior and a class-leading infotainment system.

The Peugeot 308 is an interesting alternative, because it has a very refined engine, a capacious boot and lots of equipment. It has its flaws, though, such as cramped rear seats and an unsettled ride.

The Seat Leon manages to be an excellent all-rounder. It's good to drive and has a roomy interior and a strong range of engines. It might not have the best infotainment screen around (it's quite small), but it does offer incredibly strong competition at a remarkably affordable price.

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Used Mazda 3 2014-present
Used Mazda 3 2014-2019
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Verdict

The Mazda 3 offers good economy and a classy interior, but that plays against wind noise at speed and higher insurance costs than rivals

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Easy to use infotainment system
  • Well equipped
  • Firm ride around town
  • Not as much fun to drive as some rivals
  • Expensive to insure