• The range is as vast as the Sahara. From the basic Neo to the premium XD Astina Hatch with its 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine, this car is the whole package and will suit most buyers.
  • It’s packed to the brim with stuff – cruise control, Bluetooth, stability control, six airbags and a three year warranty. A Safety Pack is optional with each model while the XD Astina has it included as standard.
  • It helps that it looks a bit of alright with a stylish and sophisticated cabin, and a boot space that rivals Beyoncé’sbooty.
  • The Mazda3 is an all-rounder and starting at its $21k price point, you’ll get more than you bargained for in this nifty city car.


  • The tyres are noisy, which can get a little annoying on those long distance rides. Turn the tunes up.
  • The back seats will probably make you feel like you’re sitting on a domestic flight, and are a little too squishy for our liking.
  • The entertainment system for the Mazda isn’t great and can get a bit frustrating. You do get used to it eventually, but it takes some time. It could do with its own personal assistant.


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