Overall Average Rating: 83.94%
Position in the Top 100 cars: 61st
Given that the 3 has failed to gain a foothold in the ever more competitive compact family class, its mid-table set of results is fitting.
As you’d expect from a model based on a Ford Focus platform, the handling is above average, while 23rd in the reliability charts proves that Mazda could teach the blue oval a thing or two about making cars last…
Manufacturer Verdict (Position: 10th)
It’s fallen one place, yet Mazda is still in the top 10. The blot in its copybook is 23rd position for running costs, although it’s offset by a fifth-placed rank in both the handling and braking categories.