Mazda 3 – best hatchbacks 2018

Mazda's superb 3 is a worthy addition to our list of the best hatchbacks on the market

With its bold looks, sharp handling, solid build quality and upmarket interior, the Mazda 3 has really taken the fight to hatchback rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and SEAT Leon.

Mazda’s excellent SkyActiv technology is standard across the 3 range, bucking the downsizing trend that many other manufacturers are following. Instead, naturally-aspirated engines have been built with advanced engineering solutions in place to ensure the car is as efficient in real-world use as possible.

The engine range includes a 98bhp 1.5-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre petrol with 118bhp and a meaty 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel with the units offered across three well-equipped trim levels. Even entry-level models come with a decent roster of standard equipment.

The Mazda 3 is an engaging car to drive in nearly all conditions, with strong grip and nimble handling.

Best hatchbacks to buy now

  • 1. Volkswagen Golf
  • 2. Mercedes A-Class
  • 3. Skoda Octavia
  • 4. Vauxhall Astra
  • 5. Renault Megane
  • 6. Honda Civic
  • 7. SEAT Leon
  • 8. Peugeot 308
  • 9. Mazda 3
  • 10. Audi A3
  • Previous: 8. Peugeot 308 Next: 10. Audi A3

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *