Which used Mazda 3 saloon should I buy?
Compared to the hatchback, the salon's range is rather more limited, with no 1.4 engine or S trim. But, we still come to the same ultimate conclusion: the 1.6 petrol delivers the best trade-off between power and ownership costs.
By comparison, the 2.0 is quick but noisy, and brings with it electro-hydraulic power steering, which feels more nervous than the hydraulic-only set-up on the 1.6. The diesel is economical, but feels sluggish.
On this saloon, the trims run from TS to TS2 and Sport. But, TS is so well kitted out - with four airbags, anti-lock brakes, full electrics and a CD player - that we'd scarcely bother with those higher in the range.