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New Hyundai i30 & Skoda Octavia vs Mazda 3

The Octavia has long been one of our favourite family cars. But has a mid-life update kept it ahead of the all-new Hyundai i30 and the cheaper Mazda 3?

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What will they cost?

The Octavia has the highest list price, but once you’ve factored in dealer discounts, it’ll actually cost you the least to buy. Our Target Price team couldn’t haggle anything off the brand new i30, making it the priciest, but we expect dealers to be willing to negotiate a little by the time you’re reading this.

If you’re buying outright, the Skoda will cost you the least in the long run, too. It’s predicted to lose the least in depreciation over three years and is also cheapest to service, while the Hyundai’s relatively hefty depreciation means it’ll ultimately damage your wallet the most.

It’s the same story if you sign up to a finance agreement. Put down a Β£2500 deposit on a 36-month personal contract purchase (PCP) deal and the Hyundai will cost Β£35 a month more than the Mazda and Skoda, which will be Β£287 and Β£286 respectively under identical terms.

Planning to lease? There isn’t much to help you to decide here; all three cars cost within a pint of beer a month on contract hire. If you’re a company car driver, the Mazda will cost you the least each month in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. If you’re in the 40% tax bracket, you’ll pay an extra Β£4 per month for the Hyundai and a further Β£7 for the Skoda.

Mazda is the most generous with creature comforts; the 3 is the only one of our trio with keyless entry and start, heated front seats and front parking sensors (rear sensors are standard on all three cars).

Hyundai is the stingiest, being the only manufacturer that doesn’t throw in climate control and LED headlights as standard.

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