2019 Mazda 3 (Gen 4)


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X 2.0 2019 review

Should I buy one?

Even with the normal and relatively weedy 2.0-litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel, the Mazda 3 is a highly recommendable hatch. Unsurprisingly then, with a little more fire in its belly courtesy of the Skyactiv-X engine, there's even more reason to pick one as your next family hatch. Some may bemoan the low torque figure achieved at relatively high revs, but you can't argue with the outright performance and those emissions and economy figures.

Pricing is yet to be released, but early indications suggest it should be slightly cheaper than the diesel and will cost less in BIK tax should you be a company car driver. If that price remains palatable, the Skyactiv-X is the best engine for the 3 unless you’re covering mega-miles, in which case the diesel’s even better economy is hard to ignore. With Mazda already saying there’s more to come from Skyactiv-X, we’ll be keeping a close eye on developments.

Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X 2.0 specification

Where Frankfurt, Germany Price £226,000 (est) On sale October Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol Power 178bhp at 6000rpm Torque 165lb ft at 3000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1486kg Top speed 134mph 0-62mph 8.2sec Fuel economy 48.7mpg CO2 WLTP data TBC Rivals Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus




Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
New Mazda3 in SA: pricing for hatch and sedan revealed!

The all-new Mazda3 has touched down in South Africa and CARmag.co.za has obtained local pricing for the newcomer.

Starting at R359 900 for the (manual) 1,5-litre Active hatchback derivative, the entry-level sedan variant saves R2 900 on its hatch sibling. Upgrades to either Dynamic or Individual levels of spec, while still making use of this 88 kW/153 N.m SkyActiv-G engine, are also available at launch.

Sitting at the top of the new Mazda3 range (in both hatch and sedan body styles) are the Astina models. These top-spec models combine Mazda’s 2,0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. The naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine offers 121 kW and 213 N.m of torque.

Mazda3 hatchback:

Mazda3 1,5 Active 6MT: R359 900
Mazda3 1,5 Dynamic 6MT: R374 200
Mazda3 1,5 Dynamic 6AT: R387 000
Mazda3 1,5 Individual 6MT: R421 900
Mazda3 1,5 Individual 6AT: R434 700
Mazda3 2,0 Astina 6AT: R474 000

Mazda3 sedan:

Mazda3 1,5 Active 6MT: R357 000
Mazda3 1,5 Dynamic 6MT: R371 300
Mazda3 1,5 Dynamic 6AT: R384 100
Mazda3 1,5 Individual 6MT: R418 800
Mazda3 1,5 Individual 6AT: R431 600
Mazda3 2,0 Astina 6AT: R470 800



Executive Member
Feb 9, 2005
Compared to A3 pricing:

Sportback 30TFSI R 432 000
sedan 30TFSI R 442 000
Sportback 35TFSI R 469 000
sedan 35TFSI R 479 000

And BMW 1 series:

118i 5-door Sport Line auto R 488 100

And Golf Comfortline:

from R343 000

It is in the range for a feature packed luxury car. Only the engines might disappoint at high altitude.


Senior Member
May 12, 2014
But the Mazda 3 should include all the options, right?
Going with Lexus' strategy.


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
So whats the difference between the dynamic and individual?

There have to be spec differences.
Full spec details not loaded yet. It's available for sale towards month end.

I based my comment on the historic approach of Mazda's spec lines. Active vs Dynamic onwards.

We know this so far: