Price: £16,695 - £23,345
- Cheap to run
- Stylish design
- Brilliant to drive
- Entry-level engine is slow
- Quite expensive
- Boot is smaller than some rivals’
The Mazda 3 is a family hatchback that competes with cars like the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and Hyundai i30. Previous versions of the car have struggled to make an impact in this fiercely competitive market, but the new Mazda 3 is more stylish, better to drive and better equipped than ever before – and is now a serious rival for the Golf and Focus. The fresh new look is inspired by the other cars in the Mazda line-up and makes it one of the more attractively styled cars in the family hatchback class.
The engine range is excellent, too, with a frugal diesel engine that is guaranteed to keep running costs down.
There are five specification levels to choose from: SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav – but all versions come with a decent level of kit.