Mazda3: v Focus

Battle of the hatches

Putting the Mazda3 and the Ford Focus up against each other makes a lot of sense. Both are derived from the same platform, are competitively priced and are favourites with UK buyers.

In a head-to-head battle between our Mazda and a Ford Focus, the Mazda3 would nip ahead in the styling stakes but the Focus drives better.

The interior of the Mazda is bland and the materials look cheaper when comparing to the inside of a rival Focus.

Compare and contrast the figures and you will see that the Focus may be cheaper to purchase but it's the Mazda that retains more of its value after three-years and 60,000 miles.

See for yourself:

Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.0-litre Sport i-Stop

Retains 43% after three-years/60,000 miles

Model

Mazda3

Engine Size

1999cc

Top Speed

128mph

0-60 mph

10.4s

Power Output

148bhp

CO2

159g/km

Cost new

£18,435

 

Ford Focus 5dr Titanium 2.0-litre

Retains 33% after three-years/60,000 miles

Model

Ford Focus

Engine Size

1999cc

Top Speed

128mph

0-60 mph

9.2s

Power Output

 143bhp

CO2

169g/km

Cost new

£17,845

 

Current mileage: 4205

Average mpg: 33.1mpg