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Mazda 3 Saloon review

2009 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £14,905 - £21,470
Used prices £621 - £3,124
Road tax cost £35 - £240
Insurance group 12 - 25
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 496 - 774 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


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


Not as desirable or as practical as the hatchback version

Written by Simon Harris Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.