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Mazda MAZDA3 HATCHBACK 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr

Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
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Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr
Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed134 mph
  • C02103 g/km
  • BHP180
  • Torque165 lbs/f
  • P11D24%

Review

Mazda's unconventional approach to automotive design has born real fruit when it comes to the engineering of this Mazda3 Skyactiv-X model. What we're served up here is a family hatch-style model that offers fairly potent 180PS power, yet can deliver the kinds of efficiency returns you'd expect from a diesel in this class. As a bonus, you also get the nicest handling and arguably the best cabin in the segment. What's not to like?

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The Mazda3 makes most sense in Skyactiv-X petrol form. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Background

The MK4 Mazda3 claims to be a family hatch that's as good to drive as a Ford Focus, as good inside as a Volkswagen Golf and as good to look at as an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The fact that its usual 2.0-litre 'Skyactive-G' petrol engine ignores turbocharging is another break with current convention, though Mazda has followed the current trend towards part-electrified mild hybrid technology for it. And created a more powerful supercharged 'Skyactive-X' version of this unit that uses 'Spark Controlled Compression Ignition' to deliver petrol response allied to diesel economy. That's what we're going to look at here. All of this engineering's bolted to a brand new very stiff platform. And, the trend with previous Mazdas for slinky styling to clothe rather dull cabin design has been broken here with what might just be the nicest interior in the segment. Add in standard equipment features you'd have to pay extra for on rivals and plenty of camera-driven safety kit and you've a promising-sounding package offered either in this hatch form or as a smartly styled saloon. Time to check it out.

Driving Experience

When we first tried this fourth generation Mazda3, we loved the way it handled and its lovely steering and gear change. But to be frank, we thought the standard Skyactiv-G petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel engines were a bit of a weak link in the car's armoury. But don't despair if you love everything else about this car because the third of the three engine options - the Skyactiv-X - makes up for everything. It's a development of the Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre petrol unit but is very different, developing 181PS and using what the brand calls 'Spark Controlled Compressed Ignition' or 'SPCCI', a patented lean burn process that delivers exceptional efficiency. Interestingly, it incorporates a supercharger, not for extra performance (though torque is increased by up to 30% over the Skyactiv-G unit) but instead to ensure that there's enough air in the engine for the compression ignition to work properly. Rest to 62mph takes 8.2s en route to 134mph. And the premium to get a Mazda3 with the Skyactiv-X engine isn't a lot different to the extra you'd pay to get the feebler, less efficient Skyactiv-D diesel unit, which begs the question of why you'd ever want to choose the black pump-fuelled version of this car. We think very few customers will. Another reason for choosing the Skyactiv-X powerplant is that it's the only engine offered in this car that can be mated with the brand's i-Activ AWD all-wheel-drive system, an option with this hatch body style.

Design and Build

The fourth generation Mazda3 borrows its sensual shaping from the evolved version of the brand's 'KODO' design language first showcased on the company's recent 'RX Vision' and 'Vision Coupe' motor show concept cars. And at a stroke, makes almost everything else in the segment look either uninspired, stodgy or over-styled, thanks to clean surfacing and coupe-like lines that are almost startlingly effective in the way that light and shade plays upon the sculpted panels. Choose between hatch or Saloon body styles. At the wheel, it's certainly different, thanks to a minimalistic design that has seen almost every unnecessary ancillary control removed. Only the essentials are left, all of which have a satisfying look and feel and are designed within an elegantly slender dashboard swathed in lovely soft-touch surfaces. Also breaking with convention is Mazda's decision not to use touchscreen functionality for the 8.8-inch centre-dash touchscreen; we agree with them that using the provided 'Comand Control' rotary dial is less distracting for the driver. Less impressive is rear seat accommodation, which can feel a bit claustrophobic thanks to the swept-back styling. And the boot size ids only average by class standards, offering 351-litres of capacity in the hatch; there's 450-litres in the Saloon.

Market and Model

There's not a huge premium to pay to get the Skyactiv-X engine over the less powerful and less efficient Skyactiv-G petrol unit. Prices for the 'X' start at around £23,500 and the cost is the same, whether you want a hatch or a saloon body style. There are four trim levels - 'Sport', 'Sport Lux', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. There's a choice of automatic or manual transmission available on all models. And if you go for the top 'GT Sport Tech' version with the hatch body and you can have Mazda's i-Activ all-wheel drive system. Standard kit across the range includes high-end technology such as a windscreen projecting colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights across the range. Every model in the line-up also features navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an advanced eight speaker audio system. Even the 'Sport' trim entry point to the Skyactiv-X range has a cabin enhanced with chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror and rear privacy glass, while 'Sport Lux' models feature a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and heated front seats. 'GT Sport' sees the introduction of black leather seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and Bose audio, while the range-topping 'GT Sport Tech' features a suite of additional active safety equipment, including a 360o camera and Driver Monitoring System with interior camera.

Cost of Ownership

If you found yourself slightly disappointed by the efficiency returns of the 122PS Syactiv-G petrol-powered Mazda3 model (up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 117g/km of CO2) you should be much happier with the potential of this Skyactiv-X variant. Think up to 52.3mpg and 100g/km. From a more powerful 180PS engine; have cake - eat it. It's as simple as that. This comes courtesy of the ground-breaking 'SPCCI' 'Spark Controlled Compression Ignition' system used by the Skyactiv-X petrol unit. This engine is based on the 2.0-litre normally aspirated mild hybrid Skyactiv-G unit. But it can run far leaner than any ordinary petrol powerplant ever could, improving efficiency by up to 30% over the Skyactiv-G, helped by a supercharger which ensures that there's enough air for the clever 'Spark Controlled Compression Ignition' system to function. The result is a set of fuel and CO2 readings that should better those of the alternative conventional 1.8-litre turbocharged Skyactiv-D diesel in regular use. For reference, a Mazda3 Skyactiv-D model manages up to 56.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 107g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. But why would you choose it over the more potent, quieter, cheaper to fuel and comparably-priced Mazda3 Skyactiv-X petrol model? Answers on a postcard please.

Summary

Mazda's Skactiv engine technology is a bit of a mixed bag. The standard Mazda3 petrol model's Skyactiv-G petrol unit isn't particularly noteworthy in terms of either performance or efficiency. And we can't really see why anyone would choose the alternative Skyactiv-D diesel when much the same money buys the innovative Skyactiv-X 'Spark Controlled Compressed Ignition' supercharged petrol unit we've been looking at here, which delivers similar efficiency, runs on cheaper fuel and offers greater refinement and more power. If you can stretch to Skyactiv-X power, you'll apply the finishing touch to a very complete family hatchback indeed. There are some times when looking beyond convention pays great dividends. And we'd suggest that this might well be one of them.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive LED Headlights
Auto dimming door mirrors
Coming/leaving home lighting function
Dark metallic finish signature wing
Daytime running lights
Dusk sensing headlights
Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch
Electrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror
Front body coloured bumper with black/bright lower bezel
Gloss black mesh grille
Gloss black rear roof spoiler
High beam assist
LED headlamps with auto levelling
LED indicator lights
LED third brake light
Piano black window garnish
Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear fog lights
Rear gloss black lower moulding
Signature LED lights
Signature LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
Speed adjustable rear wiper with intermittent wipe
Driver Convenience
7" colour TFT display
8.8" Colour centre entertainment display with MZD Connect infotainment
Apple car play/Android Auto
Audio transfer from Bluetooth devices
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
Colour active driving display inc Windscreen projected,Traffic Sign Recognition, turn-by- turn navigation and Mazda Radar Cruise Control information
Digital instrument cluster
Driver attention alert system
E-call with GPS
Engine start/stop button
Front and rear parking sensors
Head up Display
Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls
Intelligent speed assist
Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
Mazda Navigation System with european mapping
Mazda Radar Cruise Control
Mobile App interface
Multimedia Commander
PAS
Reversing camera
Service indicator
Start/stop button chrome surround
Trip computer
Entertainment
Mazda Multimedia System with AM / FM / DAB radio, single CD / MP3 with 8 speakers
Interior Features
60/40 split fold down rear seats
Chrome centre bezel steering wheel
Chrome-plated glovebox handle
Cloth upholstery + front heated with 3 stage setting
Driver/passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors (drivers side with ticket holder)
Drivers seat manual slide recline and height adjustment
Dual zone climate control air conditioning
Electrical power outlet
Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
Front and rear courtesy lamps
Front armrest
Front centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders
Front head restraints
Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooks
Front passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustment
Gear shift indicator
Illuminated glovebox
ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
Leather wrapped gear shift knob
Leather wrapped steering wheel
LED interior light
Luggage compartment light
Reach adjustable steering wheel
Storage - glovebox, driver and front passenger door pockets and roof mounted sunglasses holder
Three height adjustable rear head restraints
Tilt/height adjustable steering wheel
USB charging point
Safety
3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Drivers knee airbag
DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Dual front airbags
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
Emergency stop signalling system
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
Front side airbags
Front smart city brake support
G-Vectoring control plus
Hill launch assist
Intelligent Traction Control system
Mild Hybrid system with regenerative braking
Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Security
Auto door lock when driving
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Smart Keyless entry and start
Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser
Wheels
18" Black metallic alloy wheels
Emergency tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 103
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 131
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 113
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 124
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 16.3:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 91.2
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery SUPERCHARGER
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 45.6
WLTP - MPG - High 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 51.4
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 180
Coin Description Skyactiv-X MHEV
Coin Series Sport Lux
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 98
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 81
NCAP Safety Assist % 73
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 8.2
Engine Power - BHP 180
Engine Power - KW 132
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 165
Engine Torque - MKG 22.8
Engine Torque - NM 224
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Top Speed 134
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 215/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1435
Length 4460
Wheelbase 2725
Width 1795
Width (including mirrors) 2028
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 1929
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 865
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 351
Max. Loading Weight 518
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 600
Minimum Kerbweight 1411
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £347.96 p/m £9.82 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £303.21 p/m £21.90 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £286.85 p/m £31.30 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £550.00
Mica paint £550.00
Pearlescent paint £550.00
Premium metallic paint £670.00
Special Metallic paint £790.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Polymetal grey £550.00
Metallic - Sonic silver £550.00
Mica - Deep crystal blue £550.00
Mica - Jet black £550.00
Pearl - Snowflake white £550.00
Premium metallic - Machine grey £670.00
Solid - Arctic white FOC
Special metallic - Soul red crystal £790.00
Trim
Cloth - Premium black + front heated with 3 stage setting FOC
* option prices shown are estimated