When it comes to hatchbacks in the UK, there is an almost obscene level of competition. The obvious ones that jump to mind may be the Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia, BMW 1 Series, Audi A3, Peugeot 308, Kia Ceed… but perhaps not necessarily the Mazda 3.
That’s one of the reasons I thought it would make a great addition to our long-term test fleet. It’s still a sensible and sophisticated family car, but enjoyable to drive and with a hint of exclusivity. While I may come across a bit middle-aged – well, most of the time – I still really wanted something that I was going to have some fun with.
As I started to look at spec-ing my Mazda, I was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward it is, with SE, SE Nav, SE-L Nav, and Sport Nav trims available. Instead of the complicated process of picking a trim and then whacking on a load of individual options, you pick a higher trim level if you want more.