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2016. -
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2015. -
C - Small family car
hatchback, 5 door

Dimensons & Volumes

4470 mm
1795 mm
1465 mm
364 liters
1263 liters
51 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4329 mm
1765 mm
1421 mm
360 liters
1200 liters
52 liters


4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
120 hp
210 Nm
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
1997 cc
218 hp
310 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1205 kg
8.9 s
195 km/h
6.5 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
119 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1330 kg
6.4 s
245 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
154 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1245 kg
10.4 s
194 km/h
7.0 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
129 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 8 gears
1350 kg
6.2 s
243 km/h
8.5 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
148 g/km


14490 EUR
231 - 263 EUR
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257 - 293 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door hatchback body style within the same 'Small family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Mazda and rear in the case of the BMW). The first one has a Mazda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 218hp engine designed by BMW.


A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.


Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Mazda as a brand displays somewhat better results, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Mazda with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the BMW badge with 4.2 out of 5. The same official information place 3 as average reliability-wise, and 1 Series is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 245 kilometers per hour, 50km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (55 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 29% difference compared to the German car.


Mazda is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Mazda. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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