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69 Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV GT Sport 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
Start/stop button chrome surroundTrip computer

Entertainment

Mazda Multimedia System with AM / FM / DAB radio, single CD / MP3 with 12 Speaker Bose surround sound system 

Exterior Features

Adaptive LED HeadlightsAuto dimming door mirrors
Coming/leaving home lighting functionDark metallic finish signature wing
Daytime running lightsDoor mirrors with adjustable memory and tilt-down function when reversing
Dusk sensing headlightsElectric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch
Electrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicatorsFrameless auto dimming rear view mirror
Front body coloured bumper with Black lower bezelFront body coloured bumper with black/bright lower bezel
Gloss black mesh grilleGloss black rear roof spoiler
High beam assistLED headlamps with auto levelling
LED indicator lightsLED third brake light
Piano black window garnishPrivacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
Rain sensing front wipersRear fog lights
Rear gloss black lower mouldingSignature LED lights
Signature LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lightsSpeed adjustable rear wiper with intermittent wipe

Interior Features

60/40 split fold down rear seats8 way power adjustable driver with door mirror memory and active driving display
Chrome centre bezel steering wheelChrome-plated glovebox handle
Driver/passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors (drivers side with ticket holder)Dual zone climate control air conditioning
Electrical power outletFolding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
Front and rear courtesy lampsFront armrest
Front centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholdersFront head restraints
Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooksFront passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustment
Gear shift indicatorHeated steering wheel
Illuminated gloveboxISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
Leather wrapped gear shift knobLeather wrapped steering wheel
LED interior lightLuggage compartment light
Power driver lumbar adjustmentReach 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)Drivers knee airbag
DSC - Dynamic Stability ControlDual front airbags
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distributionElectronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
Emergency stop signalling systemFront 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
Mild Hybrid system with regenerative brakingSeatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) 

Security

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

Wheels

18" Black 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)103Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb131WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High113WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium124 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio16.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)91.2
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliverySUPERCHARGER
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrueWLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low7.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb48.7WLTP - MPG - Extra High45.6
WLTP - MPG - High56.5WLTP - MPG - Low39.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium51.4 

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power180
Coin DescriptionSkyactiv-X MHEVCoin SeriesGT Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0723EManufacturers 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 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)8.2
Engine Power - BHP180Engine Power - KW132
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT165Engine Torque - MKG22.8
Engine Torque - NM224Engine Torque - RPM3000
Top Speed134 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear215/45 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1435Length4460
Wheelbase2725Width1795
Width (including mirrors)2028 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)51Gross Vehicle Weight1929
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)865Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)351
Max. Loading Weight518Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked600
Minimum Kerbweight1411No. 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 Skyactiv-X

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

Ten Second 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?

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.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
50%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
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£349
Deposit£349
Term (months)42
Fixed interest rate2%
Cash price£25,998
Credit amount£24,399
Guaranteed future value£12,280.50
Total amount payable£28,531.62
Mazda deposit£1250
Contract mileage28,000
Excess mileage charge7.5p per mile
Representative APR3.9%
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