Mazda3, Audi A3, and BMW 1 Series—Which is the Best Sporty Hatchback?

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Thinking about buying the best sporty hatchback but not sure which one deserves your money? You could watch Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May hash it out in their “reasonably priced hot hatches” in a long episode of Top Gear, or you could watch this.

In this 11-minute video, Auto Express’s Mat Watson tries out the Mazda 3, Audi A3, and BMW 1 Series. The Germans may be the ones known for their automotive ingenuity, but in a fair drag race, it was the Mazda3 that smoked the other two, thanks to its 2.2-liter, 150-horsepower diesel engine.

Despite this, the Mazda was just as fuel efficient as the BMW and even cleaner, though as expected it, the underpowered Audi did win points in both those categories.

Of course, cars are more than just about their engines, and they’re all fairly closely matched, so watch the video below for the full review. Call us biased, but we like the Mazda3 the most at Lancaster Mazda!

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