If you want space for a whole family, you’ll probably look for an SUV. If you’re after low running costs and small dimensions, you might consider a city car. And if you want sleek looks and practicality, an executive car such as the Mazda 3 Saloon could well be the answer.
The Saloon is the larger and more spacious sibling of the Mazda 3 family hatchback, and despite the two sharing similar, sweeping looks, the saloon actually has just two body panels in common with its sibling: the bonnet and the windscreen.
As well as bringing a larger boot and steeply raked roofline, the saloon also comes exclusively with Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine, an innovative petrol unit that uses compression ignition technology borrowed from diesels in order to “combine the fuel economy of a Mazda 2 with the performance of an MX-5.” More on that soon.
There’s also a range of trims with equipment lists to please most buyers, as well as the choice of either a manual or an automatic gearbox.
But with a range of rivals that includes the posher Audi A3 Saloon and the larger, yet similarly priced Skoda Superb, is the Mazda 3 Saloon’s clever-sounding technology enough to set it apart? It also has the only slightly more expensive Mazda 6 to compete with.
Read on to find out more about the Mazda 3 Saloon, and, whichever car ends up getting your nod of approval, head to our New Car Buying pages to find a great deal.