Road test: Mazda 3

AOL Cars gets behind the wheel of the Mazda 3 to see if this Japanese hatchback has what it takes to compete with European best-sellers.

What is it?

While Britain's favourite family hatchbacks are without a shadow of a doubt the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, there are plenty of other competitors. Take this Mazda 3 for instance. It's a good-looking family car that shares more than a little bit of its DNA with the brilliant MX-5 sports car.