Used Mazda 3 Saloon (2004 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 01 Nov 2013
Small saloons don't usually sell well in Britain. The Mazda3 saloon is unlikely to buck the trend.
Mazda 3 Saloon (04-08)
Well built and engaging to drive, neatly styled, good rear passenger space
Limited range, not as practical as hatchback, dull cabin, lacks refinement

New price range:

£13,165 - £16,155

Used price range:

£393 - £2,555

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Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Small saloons don't usually sell well in Britain. The Mazda3 saloon is unlikely to buck the trend. Why? Like most models, the hatchback is the more popular choice as a practical family car. But the Mazda3 saloon looks good, is competitively priced and well specified. Developed from the same platform as the Ford Focus and Volvo S40, driving pleasure was a high priority for engineers, so it's good to drive.

The range was given a mild reworking mid-2006, which improved fuel economy, lowered emissions and made it more civilized on the move. However, there's a limited range compared to the five-door and it's not as easy to sell on.

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Behind the wheel

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Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5


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What owners say...

 Four doors means easy access, comfortable to drive, seats five adults reasonably well. Has good storage available with large glovebox, cupholders and central arm storage box.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   29 Apr 2013    ... read more

 4 doors and enough room inside for adults in the back. Without been too big a car.  

4 out of 5

Joe Sayers ,   18 Jun 2009    ... read more

 I have seen over 51mpg on average for the last year, i do a mixture of driving on motorways, A roads and town. People bemoan the lack of boot space in sallons compared to the hatchbacks but I have...  

5 out of 5

Robert Macey ,   12 Jan 2008    ... read more

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