The small car market is one of the biggest segments for new car sales in Australia, but when you think of small cars, you probably think of hatchbacks.
Those Models do make up the majority of sales, but small sedans - like the Mazda 3 - also play their part in appealing to buyers.
Lets find out why.
There's a clear practicality problem with sedans - you're limited to what you can lug around because of the boot opening. In a hatchback, it's easier to fit bigger, awkward items in.
Sedans have more boot space if you're lugging things like suitcases and the Mazda 3 sedan has 100 litres more space than the hatch version.
But items like mountain bikes or big prams may be a little more difficult to fit. You can fold the rear seats down for extra space, but then you're limited as to what can fit because of the porthole size.
The sedan is 12 centimetres longer than the hatchback and while it's by no means a big car, the extra length could be a problem for those who frequent areas where parking is tight.
The back seat of the 3 sadan is not much different to the hatchback, with adequate - but not exceptional - space for adults. There are no rear air vents, which could be an issue for travel sick kids, but at least there are two ISOFIX child seat anchor points. Lets have a look up front.
The touring model we have here is towards the middle of the Mazda 3 range, though you'd be forgiven for thinking you were driving a top-spec model.
There's leather trim with red stitching, a dash-top media system with satellite navigation and rear-view camera, push button start, dual-zone climate control and the full complement of airbags.
It looks good, and it feels good too - the seats are comfortable and offer good adjustment and even looks of a high and feels food in the hand too.