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Used Mazda 3 2014-present review

Used Mazda 3 2014-present
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Which used Mazda 3 hatchback should I buy?

While it may be a bit short of mid-range pull, the 118bhp 2.0-litre petrol is more than capable of motivating the Mazda 3, even if it seems a little bit low-tech compared with its rivals, which sport downsized engines with a turbocharger. But it does well fuel economy-wise in the real world, where many of its competitors don’t. It’s even good enough as an alternative to the diesel, which is best in 2.2-litre form because of its better flexibility over the 1.5 diesel and doesn’t cost much more to run.

SE specification comes with air conditioning, alloys, Bluetooth, iPod/USB media inputs and the standard 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.

SE Nav comes with everything SE cars have but adds sat-nav. As this system is really easy to use and a valuable asset, we’d recommend opting for this over the SE.

The top-tier versions of the Mazda 3 are SE-L and Sport Nav. The most useful features of these two trims are rear parking sensors on SE-L, with Sport Nav adding them to the front as well. While these two add plenty of other niceties, we don’t think those additions are enough to justify their extra expense. We’d also advise caution choosing Sport Nav, because this adds larger alloy wheels that can spoil the ride quality.

Our favourite Mazda 3 2.0-litre SE Nav petrol

Used Mazda 3 2014-present

Which used Mazda 3 hatchback should I buy?

While it may be a bit short of mid-range pull, the 118bhp 2.0-litre petrol is more than capable of motivating the Mazda 3, even if it seems a little bit low-tech compared with its rivals, which sport downsized engines with a turbocharger. But it does well fuel economy-wise in the real world, where many of its competitors don’t. It’s even good enough as an alternative to the diesel, which is best in 2.2-litre form because of its better flexibility over the 1.5 diesel and doesn’t cost much more to run.

SE specification comes with air conditioning, alloys, Bluetooth, iPod/USB media inputs and the standard 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.

SE Nav comes with everything SE cars have but adds sat-nav. As this system is really easy to use and a valuable asset, we’d recommend opting for this over the SE.

The top-tier versions of the Mazda 3 are SE-L and Sport Nav. The most useful features of these two trims are rear parking sensors on SE-L, with Sport Nav adding them to the front as well. While these two add plenty of other niceties, we don’t think those additions are enough to justify their extra expense. We’d also advise caution choosing Sport Nav, because this adds larger alloy wheels that can spoil the ride quality.

Our favourite Mazda 3 2.0-litre SE Nav petrol

Used Mazda 3 2014-present
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