The Mazda 3, which is available as a sedan or hatchback, was the second-most popular vehicle in the country in 2015, just behind the Toyota Corolla, which is available in the same body styles as its Japanese compatriot.
But when you think of small cars, you probably think of hatchbacks, because those models make up the majority of sales. Small sedans – like this Mazda 3 Touring sedan – also play their part in appealing to buyers, though.
There’s a clear practicality problem with sedans – you’re limited to what you can lug around because of the boot opening. In a hatchback it’s easier to fit bigger, awkward items in because you can load up to the roofline. However, sedans can have more boot space if you’re lugging items like suitcases or boxes, and, as a matter of fact, the Mazda 3 sedan has 100 litres more space than the hatch version (408L vs 308L).
That’s a fairly decent amount of space, but falls short of the new Elantra (by 50L) and the Corolla sedan (by 62L). Further, because of the shape of the boot opening, items like mountain bikes or big prams may be a little more difficult to fit. You can fold the rear seats down for extra space, but then you’re limited as to what can fit because of the porthole size.
Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2016