Since its introduction in the early 2000s, the Mazda 3 has been a compelling choice for driving enthusiasts; a compact saloon or hatchback that offered sporty handling and communicative steering in a class not known for driving excitement. Carrying the torch as the successor to the Protégé (which replaced the 323), the Mazda3 offered a compelling blend of affordability, fun, well-built interior and versatility.
Hatchback: You need real talent to succeed in the family hatchback sector these days, particularly if you want to make up ground on cars as good as Ford's Focus and Volkswagen's Golf. True, it's not the car you'd choose if family practicality was a priority. Aesthetics have clearly been prioritised here; that sloping roof does affect rear-seat room and boot space. But the stylised lines that come with that swept-back silhouette will probably make you feel good about switching to a Mazda3. and that could matter more.
Saloon: If you fancy moving away from the common hatchback and into something a bit different, then the Mazda3 Saloon may be for you. It offers eye-catching looks and impressive interior quality, as well as some clever engine technology that could keep running costs down. As a family car, the saloon makes a lot of sense. For a start, there’s more boot space – 444 litres compared to 351 in the hatch.
With comprehensive refinement and sophisticated driving manners, the Mazda 3 is one of the best compact cars in its class. The Mazda is a richer-feeling alternative to rivals such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. An excellent infotainment system and standard driver assists place the 2020 Mazda 3 among the best compacts out there yet again.
“The all-new 2020 Mazda3 Sedan with Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture is designed to respond effortlessly to your every intention.”