Mazda 3 (2014 - 2019)

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reviewed by simon3030 on 23 July 2021
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reviewed by Kevin Manley on 23 July 2021
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reviewed by Kevin Warne on 18 June 2021
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reviewed by Jon.m on 5 March 2021
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reviewed by Sam White57 on 18 January 2021
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reviewed by Yusuf Ali Patel on 11 October 2020
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reviewed by GTC20th on 23 January 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 18 November 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 9 March 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 28 June 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 15 June 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 17 April 2018
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reviewed by Twelve Spanners on 15 January 2018
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reviewed by John Murray on 14 November 2017
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2.0 120ps SE Auto 5dr Hatchback

reviewed by DonA on 8 October 2017
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Overall rating
4
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the dealership
4
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Superb, except no spare! Petrol every time!

This car is a pleasure to drive. I have covered only some 3200 miles since I got it new and 2000 of those have been two long drives into France, the rest kixed or short drives. It is comfortable, the controls are intuitive and the power instant - a lot more immediate than a turbo, especially a diesel. The interior is as good as a BMW (we also have a three) and the whole impression is of some quality; quiet, restrained,. The only two things things I can complain of are the fitting of the SatNav, not the kit itself, which is not at all bad, but the fact that my pet, artificial, cadeau Kat cannot be held in position without the elastic band obscuring the screen on the 2017 model, plus, and much more important, the lack of a proper 'spare' facility (see later)l.

Otherwise, I am sold. I took a long time deciding and I do not regret it. It is much better as a car than the 2014 model I had before. I now have set the wing mirrors and locks to auto-shut, the (new) rear camera is a boon, the resolution of the camera is good, the sun visors are no more and no less usable than the competition, the seats are comfortable, a heated seat is unnecesary (a heated steering wheel is a bit of a joke) but the options list remains small. For example; there is still no option for seats to be electric, let alone programmable (my wife is just 5ft tall and I am over 6ft.) but we can now manually raise the passenger seat, so that is one deficiency gone. I don't know who at Mazda is in charge of this sort of thing but they are selling fewer cars because of this deficiency.
Overall, though, it is a fine motor.

However, as I said, it has no facility to fit run-flat rubber and with either nothing but an injected gunge, which is messy and doesn't work, or a silly 'get-you-home' spare wheel, which I don't have, like a lot of other cars, perhaps that is the single most risky and annoying thing about the Mazda. The fact that you don't often get a puncture is irrelevant, as is the fact that others, but not BMW, have followed or preceded Mazda in this daft way of saving weight and 'improving' fuel consumption figures. The tyre manufacturers need to catch up and the suspension designers need to talk to them!They both need to look at BMWs - in Englend at least!

Otherwise, a fine car!! I would buy another. They only get better.

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reviewed by Richard Tamplin on 3 October 2017
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reviewed by Gerry Woods on 8 September 2017
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reviewed by charles macleod on 8 September 2017
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reviewed by Anonymous on 7 August 2017
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reviewed by Mazda3Man on 19 August 2016
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reviewed by Odysseus on 17 June 2016
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reviewed by Bathmark on 6 January 2016
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reviewed by Anonymous on 5 November 2015
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reviewed by gadabout on 1 May 2015
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reviewed by rcaddy on 23 July 2014

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Price£17,095–£24,795
Road TaxA–E
MPG48.7–74.3 mpg
Real MPG75.4%

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