THE FACTS

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

MAZDA3. IT IS: Mazda’s mid-size fam­ily car, sold as a prac­ti­cal five-door hatch and a smarter-look­ing four-door sa­loon, called Fast­back. Prices are the same.

PRICES: From £16,695 (1.5 hatch only) to £23,345. ON SALE: Jan­uary. EN­GINES: Three petrol, one diesel.

AU­TO­MATIC GEARS: On the 118bhp petrol and the diesel (from £18,195 and £21,945).

EQUIP­MENT: All have al­loys, air con, heated power mir­rors, touch­screen, in­te­grated au­dio in­ter­net con­nec­tion (us­ing your phone); tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, hill hold as­sist, five-start EuroNcap crash safety rat­ing. GOOD: Most things. CU­RI­OUS: The cen­tral com­part­ment lid and ad­join­ing struc­ture be­tween the seats flexes when used.

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