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 is a premium car, and you will 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 has high levels of equipment. It has its flaws, though, such as cramped rear seat space and an unsettled ride.
The Seat Leon manages to be an excellent all-rounder. It is good to drive and has a roomy interior and strong range of engines. It may not have the best infotainment screen around (it is quite small), but it does offer incredibly strong competition at a remarkably affordable price.