See the first official pictures of Mazda's new five-door hatchback
25 November 2008

Mazda has just released pictures of the 5-door hatchback version of the new Mazda 3, which will make its debut at the Bologna motor show.

The Focus rival will get a range of engines chosen specifically for the European market. Customers will get the option of a 1.6-litre turbodiesel, 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines, or the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine first seen in the Mazda 6.

The new 2.2-litre turbodiesel will be available in two states of tune. One version will produce 148bhp, with a more powerful 182bhp model also available. Both engines will be cleaner and more economical than the outgoing 2.0-litre diesel unit.

Mazda recently unveiled a 4-door saloon version of the new 3 at the LA motor show. Both saloon and hatchback versions get a redesigned grille and a reworked chassis from the previous-generation 3, as well as a heavily redesigned interior.

Mazda also claims the new 3, which will go on sale in the spring, has undergone a weight-saving programme.

George Barrow

Our Verdict

Mazda 3 2009-2012

The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

Join the debate


25 November 2008

If they've got their sums right, the spec suggests this could be a potential class leader.



It's all about the twisties........

25 November 2008

They even nailed the styling this time it seems. I like.

25 November 2008

I never liked the previous generation hatch. This looks better, but I think the saloon looks very good. I'd certainly consider one as a company car. 180PS Diesel sounds good to me!

25 November 2008

Go to for a road test of the 2.5 saloon.

The car looks like a very serious contender - and the interior looks really good too.

25 November 2008

It's Pug ugly at the front and has a fat arse.


Where has all Japanese design went to?

25 November 2008

I love it, and I'm liking the fact that Mazda are building up a real identity for themselves. I am seeing a bit touch of Peugeot in that grille, but that's no bad thing. At least Mazda have adopted their own shape for the grille. If they can make it green (i.e make the diesels with CO2s of under 120 g/km), then they'll be onto a big winner like the 2 and the 6. Good work, Mazda! I'm looking forward to the Mazda1 even more now!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic