Buying a compact hatchback nowadays means not having to compromise on modern tech features, with new models like the latest Ford Focus proving that customers enjoy top-notch products.
But what if you want something that looks a little bit more visually aggressive? Well, the 2020 Mazda3 certainly fits that bill with its pouncing stance.
This in-depth review from Carwow analyzes its strengths and weaknesses when compared to its main rivals like the VW Golf or the aforementioned Focus.
Step inside and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the design of the interior, even though some surfaces still feature cheaper-feeling plastics. A more serious issue is that rear passengers over 6 feet tall might feel cramped, as knee room is not great, and neither is headroom (due to the sloped roof line).
Things are much better on the road, though, with the Mazda3 being much quieter than its predecessor, and while it’s not as sorted out as a Focus when it comes to driving dynamics, it still is quite fun to drive thanks to a great manual gearbox and precise steering feel.
So, should you shortlist the Mazda3 if you’re shopping around for a compact hatch? The answer is “definitely” – but you can check all the details in the video that follows right after the jump.