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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