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MAZDA MAZDA3 HATCHBACK

2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV GT Sport 5dr Auto

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Deal Summary

2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV GT Sport 5dr Auto MAZDA MAZDA3 HATCHBACK
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Contract Term
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Key Information

Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Top Speed
Top Speed 122mph
Emissions
Co2 140.00g/km
Stopwatch
0 - 62mph 10.80s
Engine Size
Engine Size 2.0litres

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Driver Convenience

  • 7" colour TFT display
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Audio transfer from bluetooth devices
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Colour active driving display inc Windscreen projected,Traffic Sign Recognition, turn-by- turn navigation and Mazda Radar Cruise Control information
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Driver attention alert system
  • E-call with GPS
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Head up Display
  • Integrated bluetooth with steering wheel mounted controls
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • Mazda Navigation System with european mapping
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control
  • Mobile App interface
  • Multimedia Commander
  • PAS
  • Reversing camera
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Mazda Multimedia System with AM / FM / DAB radio with 12 Speaker Bose sound system, bose centerpoint, bassmatch+audiopilot technology

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Auto dimming door mirrors
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Dark metallic finish signature wing
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors with adjustable memory and tilt-down function when reversing
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Front body coloured bumper with black lower bezel
  • Gloss black mesh grille
  • Gloss black rear roof spoiler
  • LED headlamps with auto levelling
  • LED indicator lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Piano black window garnish
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear gloss black lower moulding
  • Signature LED lights
  • Signature LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
  • Speed adjustable rear wash wiper with intermittent wipe

Interior Features

  • 2 x USB input
  • 60/40 split fold down rear seats
  • Chrome interior trim accents with steering wheel centre bezel, surround of engine start / stop button and glove box handle
  • Driver grab handle with coat hooks
  • Driver seat power slide, recline, height and lumbar adjustment with driver door mirror memory
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors (drivers side with ticket holder)
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Electrical power outlet
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
  • Front and rear courtesy lamps
  • Front armrest
  • Front centre console with storage box with tray, lid + 2 cupholders
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooks
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • Front passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustment
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather/vinyl upholstery + front heated with 3 stage setting
  • LED interior light
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Power outlet in luggage compartment
  • Reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Storage - glovebox, driver and front passenger door pockets and roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Three height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Tilt/height adjustable steering wheel

Safety

  • 3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dual front airbags
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Front side airbags
  • Front smart city brake support
  • G-Vectoring control plus
  • Hill launch assist
  • Intelligent Traction Control system
  • Mild Hybrid system with regenerative braking
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Security

  • Auto door lock when driving
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser

Technical

  • i-stop

Wheels

  • 18" Grey metallic alloy wheels
  • Emergency tyre repair kit

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    133

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1998
  • Compression Ratio
    13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    91.2
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    47.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    122
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e-Skyactiv G MHEV
  • Coin Series
    GT Sport
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    17E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    98
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    73
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    122
  • Engine Power - KW
    90
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    157
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    21.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    213
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4000
  • Top Speed
    122

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1435
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4460
  • Wheelbase
    2725
  • Width
    1795
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2028

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    51
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1907
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    865
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    351
  • Max. Loading Weight
    534
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1373
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6

MAZDA 3 2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV GT Sport 5dr Auto

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    4
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    7

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

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 over £23,000 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.

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