The passion for hatchbacks in this country has meant that buyers have fallen out of love with four-door saloons, unless they have a premium badge nailed to the bonnet. But with a flurry of new compact saloons from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, Mazda is hoping that there will be a resurgence in this area of the market and is offering its latest 3 in both hatchback and saloon guise, with the latter wearing the Fastback nametag.
- Smart, stylish, good looking saloon
- Great fuel economy with low CO2 emissions
- Smooth, refined engines with excellent pace and mid-range punch
- Fun to drive and soaks up the miles with ease. Classy cabin, with comfortable seats
- Digital speedometer and head-up display is useful
- Air conditioning controls feel great
- Good size boot with seats that fold totally flat
- The navigation screen is smart, tablet-like and perfectly placed
- Lots of road noise permeates into the cabin
- Red stitching with cream and black trim an odd combination
- Door pockets only capable of carrying a bottle of drink
- Rear legroom on the tight side
You can read the full report on this Mazda3 Fastback in the July 2014 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue.