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Mazda’s new 3 is a credible saloon in its class, but is the hatchback version even better?

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When it comes to C-segment family cars, Mazda remains one of the few brands in Thailand capable of shifting hatchback variants with relative ease. 

That could probably be attributed to the fact that the first-generation 3, launched here about 10 years ago, was responsible for transforming Mazda’s somewhat dull image with the so-called "Zoom Zoom" branding that encompassed styling and fun.

Back then, the 3 was available in both five-door hatchback and four-door saloon versions, the latter body style still being important in a market that generally prefers cars with a booted, three-box profile.

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