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.