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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Mazda3 hatchback was awarded a four-star rating in official crash tests by Euro NCAP. That's not bad, but newer hatchbacks are attaining five stars. It does have a great list of safety kit though, including front, side and curtain airbags, plus ABS with electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist and stability/traction control systems.

It also has remote central locking and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. A keyless entry and start system is available as an option.

The beauty of a hot hatch is practicality isn't sacrificed for performance. And the Mazda3 is no different. There's no saloon option - it's available as a hatchback only - so you get the full benefit of the practicality of having a tailgate. It means that it's capable of tackling those weekend jobs, like trips down to the DIY centre and getting flatpack furniture home.

60/40 split-folding seats help here, as does the remarkably wide and flat load area (the suspension 'turrets' don't eat into the boot space). There are plenty of useful cubbies too plus a large glovebox in the cabin.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 MPS (07-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • 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:

MPS equipment

MPS standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
MPS optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Mazda 3 MPS (07-08) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.