Used Mazda 3 Hatchback (2004 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 01 Nov 2013
3.5
The 3 is Mazda's Ford Focus-size hatchback, with a dash of style from the RX-8 coupe. It follows in the vein of other recent Mazdas, which means it's good to drive, very reliable, well equipped and spacious.
Mazda 3 Hatchback (04-08)
Well equipped, good to drive, decent rear passenger space
Dreary and dated cabin, bland image, firm ride, lacks refinement

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£11,056 - £18,690

Used price range:

£257 - £4,585

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The 3 is Mazda's Ford Focus-size hatchback, with a dash of style from the RX-8 coupe. It follows in the vein of other recent Mazdas, which means it's good to drive, very reliable, well equipped and spacious. Unfortunately the once exciting design now looks bland and the 3 hasn't aged particularly well - inside or out. The cabin has some cheap plastics and the design is drab.

There's a decent choice of engines though, including some economical diesels while a facelift in 2006 including a new front end and changes under the skin that made it better to drive. Further revisions followed in 2008 which made the trim levels simpler and improved equipment levels while a Takara model was launched that comes with sporty looks, a rear spoiler and unique alloys.

While it's a worthy hatchback, newer rivals have more panache and refinement.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 It is hatchback. Even though I do not care about practicality too much.  

5 out of 5

Javier Vaz ,   16 Jun 2014    ... read more

 Large boot, back-seats go nice and flat, easy to carry a lawnmower.  

5 out of 5

Olaf Korner ,   31 Oct 2013    ... read more

 The boot space is deceivingly big. It's awesome on long distance treks across Europe, comfortable and unusually fast.  

5 out of 5

Laurent Segers ,   12 Sep 2013    ... read more

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