The Mazda 3 is a tempting alternative to the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. Available in small saloon Fastback or regular hatchback form, there’s a total of nine colours to choose from. We’ve taken a look at them to help you decide which is for you.
Our guide has a review, picture and price for each shade – although some photos are Fastbacks and others hatchbacks, all the colours are available for either model. If you’re confused by the different types of paint available, read our car paint types guide to help you make a more informed choice.
Arctic white (£0)
Although this is the only no-cost option for the Mazda, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. Arctic White is a plain white but, as long as you clean it regularly, it should stay looking good. It’ll be easy to sell on too, thanks to the popularity of white cars.
Aluminium Metallic (£540)
This is the first of several silver and grey options available for the 3. It looks good on either the hatch or Fastback and will be somewhat resilient to road grime. Resale value of silver hues are always good so it should be easy when you come to get rid of it.
Titanium Flash Metallic (£540)
Among the most interesting choices for the 3 – it’s a light brown colour so will rarely need cleaning. Brown hasn’t always been popular but has seen a renaissance in recent years. Provided it’s just as popular when you trade it in, resale value will be good.
Deep Crystal Blue Metallic (£540)
Whether it’s a luxury saloon or a hatchback, a deep blue always adds an element of class. It’s the same here too – it’s a dark colour that won’t show up dirt or small scratches easily. Although not as popular as greys or silvers, resale value should remain good.
Snowflake White Pearl (£540)
Justifying shelling out for this colour when there’s a very similar no-cost option is difficult. The similarities end when the sun’s out – this hue will sparkle like Arctic White never could. It’ll need regular washing though and, while you won’t struggle to resell it, you won’t make the money back when you come to sell it on.
Blue Reflex Mica (£540)
This is a dark blue that’s bordering on grey. It’s a sensible, understated choice that should prove to be low maintenance – it won’t need too much work to keep clean, and darker shades don’t show up scratches like lighter ones would. It’ll also be easy to sell on when the time comes.
Meteor Grey Mica (£540)
This is a darker grey than aluminium and gives both the Fastback and hatchback a business-like edge. It won’t need too much attention from a sponge and bucket and having pearlescent flakes will mean it shimmers nicely in sunlight. Just like Aluminium, resale values will be good.
Jet Black Mica (£540)
It’s hard to find any car that isn’t available in black, and this is what you get with the Mazda 3. It’ll be one of the most popular colours, so is always a good when you come to sell it on. It’ll need fairly regular cleaning to maintain its sheen, however.
Soul Red (£660)
Soul Red is the most expensive shade you can choose. It gives both the hatchback and Fastback a sportier edge than some other choices. This is particularly true if you go for a trim level that’s higher up in the range. It probably won’t be as popular as greys or blacks so it’ll stand out nicely. You’ll have to wash it regularly though, and resale value won’t be as high as darker colours.
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