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The Ford Focus has been produced since 1998 and is built in the sedan, hatchback and station wagon. At the moment, Focus has already undergone four deep upgrades, the latter was held in 2018, before that in 2014, the machine was restyled. Serial production of the Mazda 3 was launched in 2003, the car is going in the sedan and hatchback. The last deep modernization of the car was held in 2019, before that in 2016, the Mazda 3 was restyled.

These models have the same attractive, stylish and modern look, a comparable level of cabin comfort and the composition of optional equipment. Accordingly, the question arises, which one is better to buy?

Exterior
The nose of the Ford Focus in the 2014 version is made in a somewhat “aggressive” style. On the wedge-shaped hood at the edges and in the center, high facets of stamping are made, the arrow-shaped elongated blocks of the main light are attached. A large diamond-shaped radiator grille is framed along the perimeter with a narrow edging “for chrome”, and its internal space is filled with several horizontal slats. A trapezoid air intake is located under the grille, and niches with fog lights are formed on either side of it.

The side surfaces of the Ford Focus body at the location of the door handles and above the rapids intersect the ascending stamping lines, parallel to them passes the line of the window sill. This gives the profile of the car more dynamics, swiftness. The roof is dome-shaped, the tailgate is embossed, the rear lights have a non-standard, unusual shape.

Unlike the Focus, the Mazda 3 in the 2016 version doesn’t have so pronounced ribs on its body, but this doesn’t make it look any less dynamic. On the contrary, the car looks sporty, guaranteed to stand out in the general traffic flow. A large grille, highlighted with a silver plastic frame, filled with horizontally oriented slats, stands out in the nose, with the logo of the automaker on top of them. The narrow elongated blocks of the main light are installed at a small angle, in the relief surface of the bumper there are harmoniously inscribed side diamond-shaped niches into which the fog lights are inserted.

The line of the Mazda 3 sill rises at a well-defined angle, the roof has a significant slope to the stern. At the stern, the most visible elements are leaf-shaped brake lights, a wide trapezoid groove is made on the tailgate doors, the license plate is inscribed in its perimeter. On the sides of the bottom of the bumper spaced pipes of the exhaust system.

Interior
The interior design of the Mazda 3 is made in a youthful, sporty style, the highly raised side console visually separates the driver’s seat from the rest of the cabin space. The front seats are equipped with well-developed lateral support, the steering wheel has a relatively small diameter, the keys to control the car audio and some onboard systems are placed on its spokes. In the center of the instrument panel is formed a well, where the speedometer scale is installed, a pair of monochrome screens is located on either side of it. Over the console of the front panel the screen of the IRS rises, under it are arranged the air ducts and two blocks with the controls of the climatic equipment, auto sound.

Comparison: Ford Focus or Mazda 3 – which is better to choose?

The wide armrests of the doors in their front part have platforms tilted at a 45-degree angle, used for the layout of the servo control buttons for power windows and the joystick for adjusting the positions of the side mirrors. On the back of the couch is not very spacious, at least for tall people to sit on it will be difficult.

Salon Ford Focus is designed in a more relaxed, than the “Mazda 3” style. Seats are trimmed with fabric material, the front seats have lateral support. All controls located on the front panel console are backlit. The upper part of the console is occupied by a massive unit with controls onboard systems, under it you can install a car stereo. The transmission selector is installed on a low wedge-shaped platform, behind it is a niche where you can put oversized items.

Comparison: Ford Focus or Mazda 3 – which is better to choose?

Specifications
The youngest in the lineup of Ford Focus powertrains is a 105-hp motor with a volume of 1596 cm3. With him, acceleration to a hundred takes 12.3 seconds, the average level of fuel consumption is 5.9 liters. The next in the line is a 125-strong gasoline unit of a similar volume. He is able to accelerate the car to a hundred in 10.9 seconds, the average fuel consumption is 5.9 liters. The most powerful 150-horsepower engine has a volume of 1499 cm3, provides acceleration to a hundred in 9.2 seconds, the average level of fuel consumption is 6.1 liters.

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