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69 Mazda 3 1.8 Skyactiv-D SE-L Lux 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" colour TFT display8.8" Colour centre entertainment display with MZD Connect infotainment
Apple car play/Android AutoAudio transfer from Bluetooth devices
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alertColour active driving display inc Windscreen projected,Traffic Sign Recognition, turn-by- turn navigation and Mazda Radar Cruise Control information
Digital instrument clusterDriver attention alert system
E-call with GPSEngine start/stop button
Front and rear parking sensorsHead up Display
Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controlsIntelligent speed assist
Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)Mazda Navigation System with european mapping
Mazda Radar Cruise ControlMobile App interface
Multimedia CommanderPAS
Reversing cameraService indicator
Trip computer 

Entertainment

Auxiliary input socketMazda Multimedia System with AM / FM / DAB radio, single CD / MP3 with 8 speakers

Exterior Features

Auto dimming door mirrorsAuto dimming rear view mirror
Coming/leaving home lighting functionDark metallic finish signature wing
Daytime running lightsDusk sensing headlights
Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinchElectrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
Gloss black mesh grilleGloss black rear roof spoiler
High beam assistLED headlamps with auto levelling
LED indicator lightsLED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
LED third brake lightRain sensing front wipers
Rear fog lightsRear gloss black lower moulding
Speed adjustable rear wiper with intermittent wipe 

Interior Features

60/40 split fold down rear seatsCloth 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 conditioningElectrical power outlet
Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holdersFront and rear courtesy lamps
Front armrestFront centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders
Front head restraintsFront passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooks
Front passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustmentIlluminated glovebox
ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seatsLeather wrapped gear shift knob
Leather wrapped steering wheelLED interior light
Luggage compartment lightReach adjustable steering wheel
Storage - glovebox, driver and front passenger door pockets and roof mounted sunglasses holderThree height adjustable rear head restraints
Tilt/height adjustable steering wheelUSB charging point

Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)Collision mitigation braking system
Drivers knee airbagDSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Dual front airbagsEBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold functionEmergency stop signalling system
ESPFront and rear curtain airbags
Front passenger airbag cut-off switchFront side airbags
Front smart city brake supportG-Vectoring control plus
Hill launch assistIntelligent Traction Control system
Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seatsTyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Security

Auto door lock when drivingRemote central locking + deadlocks
Smart Keyless entry and startThatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser

Wheels

16" Silver metallic alloy wheelsEmergency tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)107Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb131WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High111WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low132
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium125 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1759Compression Ratio14.8:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79Cylinders - Stroke (mm)89.7
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)68.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High4.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium4.8WLTP - MPG - Comb56.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High49.6WLTP - MPG - High65.7
WLTP - MPG - Low56.5WLTP - MPG - Medium58.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.8Badge Power116
Coin DescriptionSkyactiv-DCoin SeriesSE-L Lux
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %98
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %81NCAP Safety Assist %73
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.3Engine Power - BHP116
Engine Power - KW85Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG27.5Engine Torque - NM270
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed121

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear205/60 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1435Length4460
Wheelbase2725Width1795
Width (including mirrors)2028 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)51Gross Vehicle Weight1898
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)865Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)351
Max. Loading Weight513Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked600
Minimum Kerbweight1385No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mazda 3

The Mazda3 is a car that has underachieved. The latest version looks set to comprehensively rectify that issue. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

You need real talent to succeed in the family hatchback sector these days, particularly if you want to make up ground on cars as good as Ford's Focus and Volkswagen's Golf. Does the fourth generation Mazda3 have exactly that? The signs are good: eye-catching looks, cutting-edge engines and one of the best cabins in the segment number amongst the highlights.

Background

The development engineer who led up the project to create this car, Kota Beppu, says the MK4 version of this Mazda3 will appeal to 'free spirits'. The sort of person perhaps who might want something stylish and interesting in this class but doesn't want quality or engineering compromises. Think of a car of this type 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. That's what Mazda was aiming at. So many other brands have started out in this sector with similar objectives but we can't help wondering whether this Mazda hasn't nailed them here.

Driving Experience

Mazda is offering a choice of three engines. Most sales will be based around either a 122PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit (now a mild hybrid) or a conventional 1.8-litre 116ps Skyactiv-D diesel. The third option is the brand's more advanced Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine, a 182PS supercharged unit which runs on petrol but uses a combination of spark ignition and compression ignition to deliver, Mazda claims, the driver appeal of a petrol unit along with the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel. This Skyactiv-X powerplant is able to switch from compression ignition, which best suits day-to-day driving, to a form of spark ignition, generally when the engine is started from cold or the driver demands maximum power at high revs. The 'X' engine comes paired with four wheel drive for our market, but as you might expect, the cost of all this technology makes it a pricey choice. Most UK customers will choose the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G variant, though the diesel is also worth a look. That Skyactiv-D black pump derivative makes 62mph from rest in 10.3s en route to 121mph. Mazda has put a great deal of effort in developing the sharp driving dynamics that characterised the previous generation model, though a relatively porky kerb weight - 1,350kgs even in the 1.8-litre petrol version, doesn't help here, nor does it really fit with the whole 'Skyactiv' 'less-is-more' ethos.

Design and Build

The Japanese have finally realised that a car of this kind really has to visually stand out - or Mazda has anyway. And sure enough, the hatch and saloon versions of this fourth generation Mazda3 will certainly make an impression in a car park full of Focuses, Astras and Golfs. The company's ridiculously-named 'Kodo' design language has been evolved into something really elegant here, with a low nose, elegant panel shaping and a sloping roof line that flows neatly into the rear screen. It's quite different from the angular styling of a comparable Ford or Volkswagen and could be almost said to have a 'premium' feel. The interior is even better. There are smart materials crafted with interesting design and button clutter has been well and truly banished. Does any car in the class have a better cabin that this? That's a bold statement but the Mazda designers have set an impressive standard here. It certainly makes the cabin of a Ford Focus feel pretty low-rent. One of the brand's problems in recent years has been the provision of rather small centre-dash screens but in this case, there's a big, clear 8.8-inch display on top of the dash nicely angled towards the driver. And there's a lower rotary controller for it so you don't have to stab away at inexact touchscreen functionality in the kind of way that's necessary with many rival set-ups. We're not quite so impressed by the level of interior space. There are much bigger rear seats in this class and the boot is smaller than before, offering just 351-litres of space in the hatch (or 450-litres in the Saloon) - not much for a car in this class.

Market and Model

From launch, pricing was pitched from just under £21,000 to around £28,000. You can talk to your dealer about either a five-door hatchback body style or a Saloon variant and there are five trim levels - 'SE-L', 'SE-L Lux', 'Sport Lux', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. All are generously equipped, with features like a windscreen projecting colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights. Every model in the line-up also features navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight speaker audio system. From 'SE-L Lux' trim onwards, highlights include a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and heated front seats, while 'Sport Lux'-spec sees the cabin enhanced with additional chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror and rear privacy glass. 'GT Sport' trim sees the introduction of black leather seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and a Bose audio set-up, while the range-topping 'GT Sport Tech' variants feature a suite of additional active safety equipment, including a 360o camera and Driver Attention Alert with an interior camera. Offered exclusively on the hatchback, Mazda's newest paint colour 'Polymetal Grey' makes its debut with this car. 'SE-L' and SE-L Lux cars feature 16-inch silver wheels, while from 'Sport Lux' trim onwards, 18-inch Grey Metallic wheels, rear privacy glass and piano black window garnish distinguish higher grade models.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D diesel version, according the WLTP combined figures, manages 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit has cylinder deactivation which switches the car to a couple of cylinders under light-to-mid throttle loads. Plus the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G variant incorporates Mazda's 'M Hybrid 24V' system. This mild-hybrid set-up improves fuel economy by recycling recovered kinetic energy. A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) converts the energy in the 600kJ lithium-ion battery, while the DC-DC converter supplies it to the car's electrical equipment. As a result, this mainstream petrol unit manages 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2. We should also mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile package. If you want to extend that, you can do so via optional 'Essential', 'Elite' and 'Complete' plans. Included in the standard package is a three year paintwork warranty and 12 years of anti-perforation cover. In addition, there's a 'Mazda Accident Aftercare' scheme which sees the company liaise with your insurer after an accident, making sure that you have access to a courtesy car if you need one and ensuring that all repairs are carried out to full Mazda standards.

Summary

Mazda's been bold with this car and we can't help hoping that this strategy will pay off. This is a model that's never achieved the success it really ought to have had - but deserves to now. True, it may not be one of those family hatchbacks that grab you on first acquaintance, but the longer you spend with one, the more you appreciate the depth of thought that's clearly been put into the design of the things that matter; like the classy cabin, the exemplary infotainment system and the hi-tech equipment. True, it's not the car you'd choose if family practicality was a priority. Aesthetics have clearly been prioritised here; that sloping roof does affect rear seat room and boot space. But the stylised lines that come with that swept-back silhouette will probably make you feel good about switching to a Mazda3. And that could matter more.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
40%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£298.68
Deposit£299
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate3.1%
Cash price£18,998
Credit amount£18,699
Guaranteed future value£7800
Total amount payable£22,136.96
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge14.0p per mile
Representative APR6%
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