Mazda3 hatchback - Practicality & boot space
The major drawback of Mazda3 ownership is compromised practicality compared with rivals
If there's one area where the Mazda3 will lose points with families, it's practicality. In looking to set itself apart from rivals in terms of its stylish design and driving experience, Mazda has had to compromise on interior space.
Mazda3 interior space & storage
While space in the front seats is as roomy and comfortable as you'd expect, this doesn't make the Mazda3 a class-leading car for roominess in the same mould as a Skoda Octavia. Indeed, anyone around six-feet or more will find their hair pressed against the roofliner if they sit in the back. The Mazda's sloping roofline is to blame for that.
Rear visibility is also somewhat problematic because thick rear C-pillars make it rather tricky to see over your shoulder or out of the back window. However, we expect blind-spot warnings and rear-view cameras will feature in UK cars to help remedy this issue, at least partially.
The Mazda3's boot is 334 litres, which is fairly small for the class. Surprisingly, it's smaller than the old Mazda3's boot, while a Volkswagen Golf offers a 380-litre boot and the Ford Focus has 375 litres. Folding down the rear seats increases cargo capacity to just over 1,000 litres.