Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Claustrophobic and dark
  • Boot far from class best

If you’re after outright practicality, then, look elsewhere. Space in the back seats is adequate rather than generous, with the taller people you know suffering the most. It’s not helped by the thick rear pillars, either, which do wonders for the 3’s lines outside, if not light in those back seats.

The sloped roofline doesn’t help either, and legroom behind an average-to-tall driver is lacking. There is an armrest fixed into the middle seat with space for two cups.

One of the biggest detractions of the Madza 3 are its thick pillars, which give you the illusion of it being a much broader car than it is. Granted, it actually is wider than a Corolla, Golf or Focus, but not significantly so. But it's their thickness that can be off-putting when changing lanes on the motorway; you have to heavily rely on the standard blindspot warning.

As for boot space, the 3’s offering comes in at 358 litres of volume with the rear seats in place and 1,026 litres with the rear seats folded flat. That doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes A-Class – all of which have larger boots both when the seats are up or when they’re down. Adding to the Mazda's practicality woes is that the boot also has a high loading lip.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP achieved 
  • Huge list of standard safety kit
  • Some of it is irritatingly invasive

Shortly after the 3 went on sale in May 2019, it achieved the expected full five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP.

Every one has autonomous emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane-keep assist and lane departure warning as standard. There’s also an audible speed limiter warning – when we first tried the car it was active, and had an alarm that came on just 1mph over the indicated speed limit, which was very annoying. The active lane keep tech was also a little inconsistent, intervening in some cases but allowing us to drift between lanes with little fuss.

Although the rear bench has the usual two Isofix child seat-mounting points in the outer positions, access is poor through the small door openings. Similarly, bulky child seats could prove difficult to fit - or for a youngster to sit in them comfortably - behind a taller driver. Rear seat room is at a premium, unfortunately.

WATCH: Mazda 3 Hatchback Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim

100th Anniversary Edition equipment

100th Anniversary Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
100th Anniversary Edition optional equipment
None available

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
GT Sport optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

GT Sport Tech equipment

GT Sport Tech standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
GT Sport Tech optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
SE-L optional equipment
None available

SE-L Lux equipment

SE-L Lux standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
SE-L Lux optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Lux equipment

Sport Lux standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
Sport Lux optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mazda 3 Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 98%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 81%
Safety Assist: 73%

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.