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 in terms of fuel economy 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.
We'd recommend going for the SE Nav model, because although SE has all the equipment you'd need, the Nav model adds (unsurprisingly) sat-nav, which might come in handy when travelling somewhere you don't know.