The Mazda 3 is a big seller for the Japanese manufacturer, but thanks to its competitors it has a tough job. Cars such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus are considered the class leaders, but Mazda want to change that with the all-new 3. Aiming to take the crown, this stylish little hatchback has a lot going for it.
Using Mazda’s latest “Kodo” design language, the 2014 Mazda 3 is curvaceously handsome. It instantly comes across as a more premium product than the previous car allowing this nameplate a real sense of maturity. Powered by a range of SkyActiv petrol engines; 1.5 litre with 111BHP, 2.0 litre 118BHP as well as another 2.0 litre that will get the car from 0-62MPH in 8.9 seconds, there will also be a 2.2 litre diesel option. Stop/start comes as standard on all models and Mazda are claiming the best fuel economy in the class, though as of yet figures have not been released. The car is lower and wider than the old 3 and the interior promises more space as a result. Mazda are also featuring their first HUD on this car.
The new 2014 Mazda 3 is set to go on sale later this year.