Mazda3 hatchback

The Mazda 3 is a family hatchback with rivals that include the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Hyundai i30. Mazda has developed a reputation for building fun-to-drive cars and the Mazda3 is one of the best in its class.

The car can be fitted with a range of petrol and diesel engines including a 1.5-litre petrol, a choice of two 2.0-litre petrols, plus one 2.2-litre diesel. All models offer decent economy and even the 1.5-litre petrol feels fast enough for a car like this.

Buyers can choose from SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nax, Sport and Sport Nav trim levels . All cars get most of the equipment you’ll need. Even the basic model comes with a seven-inch TFT screen, front and rear electric windows, a Bluetooth phone connection, and air-conditioning.