Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • High score when tested by Euro NCAP
  • Emergency low-speed braking is standard
  • Optional safety pack a worthy investment

Euro NCAP gave the Mazda 3 Fastback a five-star rating, with a particular emphasis on adult occupant safety.

You get driver and passenger airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, plus side airbags for the front, and a smart city brake system as standard.

  • Fastback has a larger boot than the 3 hatchback
  • Rivals trump the Mazda’s luggage space
  • Seatbacks fold over to swallow longer loads

Four-door saloons will always lag behind their five-door hatchback counterparts on practicality grounds and the Mazda 3 Fastback’s no rule-breaker in this regard.

It’s not the size of the boot that’s the issue – the Fastback’s 419-litre capacity is more generous than the hatchback’s 364-litre offering – it’s the narrowness of the aperture when the bootlid’s swung open. Inserting a bulky load is never going to be as easy as when a wide tailgate’s opened up.

That’s not the Mazda’s only issue – its key rivals all offer more space, too. Although the Audi A3 Saloon’s not much further ahead at 425 litres, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Volkswagen Jetta offer considerably more room at 470 litres and 510 litres, respectively.

Longer loads can be accommodated within the Mazda by folding over the 60:40 split rear seatbacks, with release levers located just below the rear window within the boot opening.

Elsewhere there are a few stowage facilities with a cubby under the front centre armrest being useful and serving as the location for USB sockets and memory card readers. Just a shame the hinged lid for it is one of the cabin’s low points, feeling a bit cheap compared with other fixtures and fittings.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 Fastback (13-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav optional equipment
None available

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
SE-L optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav equipment

SE-L Nav standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE-L Nav optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Nav equipment

Sport Nav standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport Nav optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim