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Mazda 3 Hatchback (2009-)

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In their own words

I suppose it depends what you want from a car. If you just want something that gets you from a to b without using much petrol (I needed a petrol car, don't do the mileage to justify a diesel and its DPF), then this car probably isn't for you. I wanted a car that I simply enjoyed driving, and that had a very particular spec. I needed bluetooth, a six-speed box and wasn't seen much on the roads. It didn't have to be a Mazda, but this one ticked the boxes. I love it. I don't look at the mpg. The added bonuses in the winter are the heated seats and the heated windscreen. 2 minutes and the car is ready to drive away, even in a hard frost. There is enough room to take passengers, the boot is great, the Bose stereo is perfect for anyone who appreciates music. Yes, the i-stop system isn't perfect, but for a first attempt by Mazda I can forgive it. Niggles would include the bluetooth music system not being up to date enough to supply file info, the door mirrors not being fully automatic in folding and well nothing else. The buttons on the door handle to lock the car are a particular fave, just makes me smile and is quite useful when you are carrying anything, or your keys are buried in your pocket.

How reliable do you find the car?

I have had the car for 2 months and have so far had no problems. It is my third Mazda and have very few problems with all of them. It starts with a reassurance I have grown to love.

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

I love everything this car does, from warming the seats, to starting with the start button. I love the acceleration, which doesn't feel like the quoted figure at all. I love that it can bluetooth music from my phone and love that it stands out from the crowd. I was also looking at Volvo C30s and the quick Alfa Romeo Mitos, but feel as if I made the right choice.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Tim Sides recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Petrol
  • When purchased November 2016
  • Condition when bought Used
  • Current Mileage 55,000 miles
  • Average MPG 31 mpg