Mazda 3 Fastback

Mazda 3 Fastback review


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It’s easy enough to get comfortable in the 3 Fastback, with good reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel and plenty of seating adjustment. Lumbar support adjustment is standard on the driver's seat, too.

It’s also a nice car to sit in. It has some neat styling cues, and some good use of materials. There are soft-touch plastics at the top of the dash and on the doors, and, even at lower levels, where the plastics are harder, they feel of good quality. Only the lower section of the centre console lets the side down, as it feels a bit lightweight and flimsy.

At the centre of the dash is Mazda's brilliant 7.0in infotainment system, which can be operated as a touchscreen but is actually easier to control via the handily placed rotary dial and shortcut buttons.

All models get a DAB radio and Bluetooth, while higher trims get a BOSE sound system. Satellite navigation is available only on the Nav models.

Visibility is good to the front and side, but there is a large swooping C-pillar that restricts your over-the-shoulder view. Higher trims get a rear parking camera and parking sensors, which compensate for some of this.


Mazda 3 Fastback
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