Mazda are a relatively small player in the hatchback market but their efforts are coming on fast. Headturning looks and a surprising interior really set a new high bar for them. Rivals best watch out because there’s a good looking young pretender on the move.
Mazda 3 Comfort
Large, well specified wheels and an impressive chassis give a ride quality to match that of the Ford Focus and the like. The dashboard is delightfully setup with care and attention obvious at every press of a button or twist of a knob. Air-con, big touchscreen and auto-engine off/on are all standard to sweeten the experience.
Mazda 3 Drive
A sporty and fun drive is the order of the day here. Road noise is pleasingly low and the gear box feels above average for the class. Mazda have definitely transferred some of their know-how from their larger cars and it works very well indeed. Econorent currently stock both auto and manual versions of the 3.
Great value here – you get a quality feeling vehicle for economy money. And in a world of cars that often look too similar to each-other this is a fresh breath of air.