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
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.