The Mazda3 is a family hatchback with low running costs, it's also great to drive and well-equipped too. The car is also stylish and offers lots of fun behind the wheel.
Check out our full on the road review of the Mazda3
Our own Rob McSorley reviewed the Mazda3 and rated it four out of five stars.
"Where the old Mazda 3 was a competitive model in a class dominated by highly talented rivals the new car is a noticeable improvement in every area and is definitely worth a look."
There's a very impressive 1.5 litre petrol unit available for the Mazda3 which will return around 55 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 119g/km and there's a more powerful 2.0 litre petrol unit which has similar figures which makes among the best petrol engines available today. However, the choice of the engine line-up would probably be the excellent 2.2 litre diesel which has more power and is the cheapest unit with economy figures of 69 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 107g/km. The engines are great performers on motorways for long journeys and also responsive around town. The insulation on the Mazda3 is very impressive and there's very little in the way of road noise, even when travelling at high speed.
The cabin interior is very well designed and well-made, indeed the entire car feels well bolted together since Mazda is one of the more reliable car makers, with the interior matching the stylish exterior. There's plenty of space on board for adults, especially in the back, and the boot is a decent 350 litres in size though with the rear seats folded flat this will increase to 1,360 litres. With so much space on board it means that adults will be carried in comfort and the suspension is impressive and soft enough to deal with large potholes and rough roads with ease. The car corners really well and there's lots of grip on the road. The Mazda3 is also very safe car to drive having scored full marks in the Euro NCAP crash tests and safety equipment includes traction and electronic stability control, blind spot monitor and smart braking. There's also ABS, airbags and automatic high beams.
Owners of the Mazda3 will also find the vehicle is packed with standard equipment including air con, cruise control, alloy wheels and the firm's own multimedia system. Other models also get daytime lights, satnav and bi-xenon headlights. Top of the range vehicles in the Mazda3 line-up get head-up display where the car’s information is seen on the windscreen, dual zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Essentially, Mazda is enjoying a well-deserved reputation for making reliable cars and the Mazda3 is testament to that with excellent engines and strong build quality which means the reliability of the vehicle will be assured and along with is excellent on road performance it makes for a great family car.
Essentially, the Mazda3 is a very good-looking family hatchback that also happens to be one of the cheapest cars to drive and one that provides a great deal of fun when behind the wheel. This offering from Mazda competes effectively against its better-known rivals and deserves to be a better success underpinned with some excellent engines. Alongside the impressive economy figures is a car that is determined to offer an unrivalled motoring experience.
Why not have a look at the new Mazda3 on the official UK company website and get the latest news about the Mazda3 in the UK at The Mazda3 owners' club and forum site. You may also like to see what they're saying about the new Mazda3 on the Top Gear website.
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