The Mazda 3 is both perfectly and uniquely designed to make your driving experience absolute perfection. Channelling the stunning Kai concept car of 2017 with its smoothly contoured surfaces and a sloped roofline that tails off neatly into its rear screen the Mazda 3 follows a different tack to its rivals. Rather than following the trend for fitting small turbocharged petrol engines, the Japanese brand has stuck with a relatively large 2.0-litre non-turbocharged unit which returns better fuel economy in real-world driving. Mazda’s engineers have mastered key controls such as the clutch, throttle and gear selector that has a consistent weight to them. And before you go thinking that these characteristics only benefit ‘keen drivers’, that’s simply not the case. From the well weighted steering to its delightfully firm brake pedal, the Mazda 3 provides as much confidence as you could ask for, whether you’re commuting about town, tackling a winding road or cruising on the highway. You’ll find similar reassurance in the way the Mazda 3 conducts itself on demanding country roads. There’s body lean, yes, but it’s controlled and progressive and, while the 3’s front end will eventually push wide when the limit of adhesion is reached, you can balance the car nicely by gently lifting off the accelerator.The Mazda 3 only gets better when you view it’s Interior enhancements which is still available in both 1.6L and 2.0L engines include standard Bluetooth from entry model, standard Cruise Control on Individual models and the introduction of Auto Shift Switch, also known as Paddle-shift on the 6-speed automatic transmission models.
With a slender dashboard and a small steering wheel, the interior of the 3 has a graceful, uncluttered minimalism to it, as if the designers have been taking tips from Marie Kondo. A refreshing approach that has allowed Mazda to focus on making sure all that’s left operates with a really slick, high-quality feel makes this car one to invest in.