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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

With six airbags as standard, electronic stability control across the range, and the availability of a rear-view blindspot warning system, the Mazda3 is a very safe car. it also activates the hazard warning lights during an emergency stop, cancelling them again when the brake is released. It's no surprise then, that it was awarded the maximum five star rating for crash safety by Euro NCAP with a high score for child safety.

The Mazda3 saloon's boot is on a par for space with most other small saloons of this size, with the exception of the Volkswagen Jetta which can boast almost 100 litres more. With 430 litres the Mazda3 saloon is 90 litres bigger than the hatchback, but lacks the hatches practicality when it comes to carrying larger items. However, the rear seats do split and fold down, so it's not impossible to carry longer items.

It should be more than adequate for everyday use and there are a few places in the cabin to stow small items. The glove compartment is also quite deep.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 Saloon (09-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 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
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake 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 Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

TS equipment

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