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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mazda 3 Saloon review.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: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mazda 3 Saloon (09-10) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Stands out from the usual hatchbacks, good to drive, high levels of standard equipment, excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine

CONS

Not as desirable or as practical as the hatchback version

At a glance

New price £15,030 - £21,595
Used price £935 - £3,600
Fuel economy 41 - 64 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £200
Insurance group 12 - 25 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Stands out from the usual hatchbacks, good to drive, high levels of standard equipment, excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine

CONS

Not as desirable or as practical as the hatchback version

Mazda 3 Saloon rivals

Volkswagen
Jetta
4 out of 5 4.0
Volvo
S40
4 out of 5 4.0

Small saloon cars have never been particularly popular in the UK, unlike mainland Europe. Most buyers prefer the practicality of a hatchback when it comes to small family cars, but there are still several available including the excellent Mazda3 saloon. Like the previous model, it's one of the more attractive four-door models around. It's also incredibly refined, well built and good to drive too.

So while it may not be as desirable as the hatchback, it's certainly very distinctive with a front end inspired by the RX-8. The line-up isn't as wide as the hatchback but there are still some excellent engines available too including powerful yet frugal diesels.

Mazda 3 Saloon rivals

Volkswagen
Jetta
4 out of 5 4.0
Volvo
S40
4 out of 5 4.0

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