How to choose the perfect family car (sponsored)

Families rarely travel light and the practical design of the Mazda3 means yours won’t have to. Watch our video and see.

Practicality is one of the top priorities for anyone considering a family car. Models in this class are ultimate all-rounders that need to squeeze every member of your family and all your stuff into a manageably sized package. Mazda3 does that in style, which is why it should feature high on the shortlist of buyers in this market.

For starters, the driving position provides a wide range of adjustment. So whether it’s you, your partner or one of your teenage children at the helm, it takes a matter of seconds to get comfortable, with plenty of movement on the steering wheel and seat.

But this doesn’t come at the expense of passenger comfort. Climb into the rear, and you’ll see the Mazda3 offers outstanding levels of kneeroom while headroom is extremely generous too.

Mazda3 also compares well on equipment, with every version getting electric rear windows as standard. Plus, parents with young families will be pleased to hear that the rear doors open wide – getting aboard to click a child seat into the ISOFIX mountings couldn’t be easier in this car.

And even with a buggy in the boot, there’s still plenty of room for other stuff. Mazda3 has a generous 364 litres of luggage space in hatchback guise with the rear seats in place. Go for the Fastback saloon though and an even larger 419 litres is on offer.

Better still, if you don’t have any passengers to transport in the rear, the seats fold in seconds to free up a huge 1,263-litre maximum capacity – that’s better than the average of the three top-selling family cars. And the load bay is flat, so if you have a big item to get in, it’ll simply slide aboard – there are no irritating lips or ridges to lift it over, as in some rivals.

But the thoughtful touches on this Mazda3 don’t end there, because throughout the interior of the Mazda3, storage solutions are positioned just where you need them – from the large glovebox, cubbyholes and door pockets to the handy cup-holders in the front and rear.

Mazda knows families don’t travel light, and as our video above shows, with the practical Mazda3, you won’t have to.

Recommended

Classic cars to buy in 2021
Classic cars to buy - header image
Car buying
17 Nov 2021

Classic cars to buy in 2021

Mazda2 hatchback review
Mazda2 driving
Mazda2
16 Nov 2021

Mazda2 hatchback review

New Mazda CX-5 pricing and specifications for the 2022 car confirmed
2022 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport in red
Mazda CX-5
1 Oct 2021

New Mazda CX-5 pricing and specifications for the 2022 car confirmed

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000
Honda Civic Type R front
Toyota
12 Aug 2021

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000

Most Popular

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Tips and advice
7 Jan 2022

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022
Peugeot 3008 SUV front cornering
Best cars
6 Jan 2022

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022

Best 0% APR car deals
Hyundai Bayon deals
Deals
5 Jan 2022

Best 0% APR car deals

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
29 Sep 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
1 Dec 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
27 Oct 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022