The modelRead full Mazda 3 Saloon review
While not as strong of a package as premium rivals including the Audi A3 Saloon, the Mazda 3 Saloon is appealing thanks to lots of standard equipment, a premium-feeling interior and an efficient engine.
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This adds leather seats, 18in alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, eight-way electrically operated front seats, lumbar adjustment, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Bose stereo.
The engineSee full engine specs
At low revs, you'll wish you were driving a turbocharged petrol or diesel because they're much more flexible and require fewer gear changes. At least the manual gearbox is great to use, with a lovely, precise shift. The Mazda 3 is relatively lethargic until you get to 3000rpm and the automatic gearbox that’s available adds to the frustration with its reluctance to kick down. Once the revs are past 3000rpm it pulls fairly healthily and 0-62mph is dealt with in 8.1sec. There are much quicker cars in the class than that, though. It's noisy, too, but the average fuel economy of around 55mpg is good.
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