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Mazda 3

What is it?
Mazda’s small family car is offered in both a saloon and hatchback version. The hatchback offers the most flexibility of the two.

What is it like inside?
Interior space is very good with decent leg and headroom in the front and rear and an adequate 340 litres of space in the boot is provided. There is good quality throughout with high spec equipment and safety levels.
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What is it like to drive?
On the road the 3 is fun to drive with direct steering and plenty of feedback. The diesel engine is our pick of the engines, it is torquey, quick through the gears and offers plenty of punch.

What is it likely to cost?
Prices start from €19,795 and go up to €23,895.

Overall
Mazda’s hatchback offer has always been overshadowed by the Focus and Golf but it is far too good a car to ignore.

Mazda 3

Engine size: 1.6 Diesel and Petrol
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.46 x 1.75 x 1.47
Fuel Economy: 4.4 -6.5 litre/100km
Peformance: 77-85 kW (12.2 0-100km/h)
Emissions (motor tax): 149 – 175g (€160-€225)
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down): 340(1360)
Doors: 3 and 5 door
Euro NCAP – Overall: 5

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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