Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • More interior space than the 3 hatchback
  • Bigger boot as well, but access restricted
  • Less outright versatility than a hatchback

The 3 Saloon’s longer body translates to a bit more interior space compared with the hatchback. And, despite the more awkward access, the boot is bigger too.

Up front, though, things are the same. Despite the cocooning driving position, there’s plenty of room and some usefully large door bins with a large area beneath the big, squishy armrest. Moving further back and access to the rear seats is slightly easier than in the hatch – the roof isn’t quite as sloping as in the five-door.

Once in the rear seats and there’s a greater sense of space because of this, which is good as the regular 3 can feel quite dark and claustrophobic in the back, even if legroom is fairly good.

The boot is bigger than the hatchback’s, but less flexible – and we think this is a problem. While it’s much better for carrying lots of smaller items like shopping bags or soft luggage, you’ll soon struggle with bulkier loads.

You can flip down the rear seat backs to expand the space, so there’s ample room for longer items. But unlike a hatchback, you can’t just remove the parcel shelf for taller items, so you’re limited by the saloon’s narrow opening and low ceiling. As a result, you’ll struggle to fit more than two large suitcases in at once.

How safe is the Mazda 3 Saloon?

  • Five stars for five-door Mazda 3
  • Saloon gets the same score
  • Driver assistance kit also available

Tested in 2019, the Mazda 3 hatchback was awarded a full five-star rating by Euro NCAP, with particularly good scores in adult occupant protection – 98% in fact. A full suite of airbags throughout the car help, but there’s also Isofix in the rear seats to help keep child seats in place, while standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (Mazda calls it Smart Brake Support) and lane-assist boost the safety kit count.

Also standard is blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition. On many more expensive cars you’d have to pay extra for this, but it’s standard across the Mazda 3 Saloon range.

The only kit you don’t get on all models is Smart Brake Support for the rear of the car, front cross-traffic alert and driver monitoring via a camera in the central display. This all comes on top-spec GT Sport Tech cars.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 3 Saloon.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
GT Sport optional equipment
None available

GT Sport Tech equipment

GT Sport Tech standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
GT Sport Tech optional equipment
None available

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE-L optional equipment
None available

SE-L Lux equipment

SE-L Lux standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE-L Lux optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Lux equipment

Sport Lux standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Sport Lux optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mazda 3 Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 98%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 81%
Safety Assist: 73%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.