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22 Mazda 3 2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV SE-L 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" colour TFT display8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda 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 GPSEmergency stop signalling system
Engine start/stop buttonHead 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
Rear parking sensorService indicator
Trip computer 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

i-stop 

Entertainment

Mazda Multimedia System with AM / FM / DAB radio with 8 speakers 

Exterior Features

Coming/leaving home lighting functionDark metallic finish signature wing
Daytime running lightsDusk sensing headlights
Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/downElectrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
Front body coloured bumper with black lower bezelGloss black mesh grille
Gloss black rear roof spoilerHigh beam assist
LED front fog lightsLED 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 wash wiper with intermittent wipe 

Interior Features

2 x USB input60/40 split fold down rear seats
Cloth upholsteryDriver grab handle with coat hooks
Driver, Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooksDriver/passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors (drivers side with ticket holder)
Drivers seat manual slide recline and height adjustmentElectrical 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 seatback pocket
Front passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustmentGear shift indicator
Illuminated gloveboxISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
Leather wrapped gear shift knobLeather wrapped steering wheel
LED interior lightLuggage compartment light
Manual air conditioningPower outlet in luggage compartment
Reach adjustable steering wheelStorage - glovebox, driver and front passenger door pockets and roof mounted sunglasses holder
Three height adjustable rear head restraintsTilt/height adjustable steering wheel

Passive Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)Drivers knee airbag
DSC - Dynamic Stability ControlDual front airbags
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distributionElectronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront passenger airbag cut-off switch
Front side airbagsFront smart city brake support
G-Vectoring control plusHill launch assist
Intelligent Traction Control systemMild Hybrid system with regenerative braking
Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seatsTyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Security

Auto door lock when drivingRemote central locking + deadlocks
Thatcham 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

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb124
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High125WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High105
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low160WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium121

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio13.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)91.2
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High4.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium5.3WLTP - MPG - Comb51.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High50.4WLTP - MPG - High60.1
WLTP - MPG - Low39.2WLTP - MPG - Medium53.3

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power122
Coin Descriptione-Skyactiv G MHEVCoin SeriesSE-L
Generation Mark3Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %98NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %81
NCAP Safety Assist %73Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.4Engine Power - BHP122
Engine Power - KW90Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT157
Engine Torque - MKG21.7Engine Torque - NM213
Engine Torque - RPM4000Top Speed122

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

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 Weight1875
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)865Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)351
Max. Loading Weight547Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked600
Minimum Kerbweight1328No. 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 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 - 1,439kgs even in the base petrol version, doesn't help here, nor does it really fit with the whole 'Skyactiv' 'less-is-more' ethos. Overall, we think the Mazda3 in any form is one of the best handling family hatch sector cars you could choose. We'd take it over a Ford Focus; it's that good. And it has the slickest manual gearbox of any car of this kind you could choose. Automatic transmission is optional, but for goodness sake try the stick shifter before you stump up for a self-shifter. Mazda is offering a choice of two petrol engines. Most sales will be based around either a 122PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit (now a mild hybrid). The second option is the brand's more advanced Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine, a 180PS 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.

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

Pricing is pitched from just under £22,000 to around £30,000. 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 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 decent WLTP figures - 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 136g/km of CO2. The alternative 180PS Skyactiv-X unit is based on the same 2.0-litre normally aspirated mild hybrid Skyactiv-G powertrain. 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 WLTP fuel and CO2 readings that should better those of many conventional diesel models in this segment. Think up to 52.3mpg and 122g/km. From a powerful 180PS engine; have cake - eat it. It's as simple as that. This comes courtesy of a ground-breaking 'SPCCI' 'Spark Controlled Compression Ignition' system.

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%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Representative contract hire

Monthly payment£299
Initial Rental£299
Term (months)48
Cash price£23,265
Contract mileage32,000
Representative APR0%
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