Our next family hatchback in the series is the 2019 Mazda. Now Mazda have always been known for their bargain purchase prices and solid reliability, but recently their styling and build quality has taken a serious leap forward. The latest Mazda 3 hatchback has won multiple design awards, really setting it apart from more mainstream rivals.
Like the i30, the latest Mazda 3, according to Mazda, has been developed from the ground up. Mazda promise that they have focussed more on the comfort of the passengers, reducing the noise and vibrations felt within the cabin. This aims to take the 3 into a more premium sector than before, a common theme shared among some of the “budget brands” in recent years.
At launch the latest Mazda 3 could be chosen with either a manual or automatic gearbox, while engines were limited to just one 2.0-litre hybrid-assisted petrol and a 1.8-litre diesel engine. This changed with the introduction of Mazda’s latest Skyactiv-X petrol engines, promising more efficiency and better lifetime emissions than even battery electric vehicles can offer (these promises also led to the diesel engine being removed from sale). If you’re budget allows, these are no doubt the engines to plump for.
Mazda has long been known for offerings generous technology at even the most basic of trim levels, the latest 3 hatchback is no exception to this rule. All models are equipped with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto), Bluetooth and a DAB radio. Higher trim levels can be selected if you want larger alloys, heated leather seats and improved sound systems. The top trim level is GT Sport Tech which adds in some very state of the art driver assistance and safety system.
Other Car Review in this series:
- Hyundai i30 (2017 – 2020)
- Lexus CT200h (2018 – Current)
- Subaru Impreza (2017 – 2020)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2016 – 2020)
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About the Author
Jack Gill is a freelance car journalist and fully qualified mechanical engineer. Joining the team as Carsnip’s newest contributor and long-time writer on Drivetribe. Jack has a lifetime passion for all things automotive, from new supercars to rusty old hatchbacks, and if he’s not behind the wheel, he’ll likely be found under the bonnet or browsing the Carsnip search engine.