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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Mazda3 feels rather more upmarket inside than the previous version thanks to more soft-touch plastics, while the dramatic curve along the top of the dashboard gives the impression of the interior focussing on the driver. The driver's seat has height adjustment and lumbar support on all models, while the steering also adjusts for reach and height.

The wide pillars near the rear windows create something of a blindspot, but the Mazda3 is available with a rear-view monitoring system which warns of approaching traffic.

Mazda3 hatchback comfort has improved significantly. The firm has redesigned the seats in the Mazda3 for improved comfort on longer journeys, while noise intrusion has also been reduced. Most impressive is the ride quality though, which irons out rough surfaces with minimal fuss, making it great for long distance travel. There is reasonable comfort on board for up to five adults at a squeeze but four would feel happier while air conditioning is fitted across the range and all models have electric front windows.