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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mazda 3 Saloon review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Mazda 3 hatchback was awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests, but although this is good, the majority of newer rivals are now gaining five stars. All cars get ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) plus driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, plus both a collapsible steering column and brake pedal.

This is where the 3 saloon makes less sense than the hatchback. The lack of a tailgate mean it's not as versatile as the five-door model and although the boot opening is quite large - the load area itself is quite short. That said, on paper it actually has more boot room with 413 litres (compared to 346 litres), but in everyday situations the hatchback is easier to use.

On the plus side, a low lip means it's easy to get to and the seats have a 60/40 split and fold flat for extra space.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 Saloon (04-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

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
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Traction control
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Takara equipment

Takara standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
Takara optional equipment
None available

TS equipment

TS standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
TS optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Space saver spare wheel

TS2 equipment

TS2 standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
TS2 optional equipment
None available