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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

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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