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Mazda3 hatchback - Practicality & boot space

The major drawback of Mazda3 ownership is compromised practicality compared with rivals

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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.

Boot space

The Mazda3's boot is 358 litres, which is fairly average for the class. Surprisingly, it's smaller than the old Mazda3's boot, albeit only by six litres. A Volkswagen Golf offers a 380-litre boot, while the Ford Focus has 375 litres.

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