THIRD smallest in the range, the Mazda 3 has always been extremely underrated next to the Ford and Volkswagen hatchbacks. Hopefully, with the new version, they can take on the competition.
The 3 has a range of engines starting with a 1.5-litre developing 73kW and the now familiar 2.0-litre power plant with two different outputs, 88kW or 121kW. All SKYACTIV-G petrol engines comply with Euro V legislation.
Diesel variants are powered by Mazda’s award-winning 2.2-litre 110kW SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine, which meets advanced Euro VI regulations. Buyers will have a choice of six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmissions. The all-new Mazda3 offers British motorists their biggest-ever choice of automatic models, with a total of 13 available. The diesel-powered SKYACTIV-D 110kW four-door Fastback with manual transmission returns 3.9 litres/100km and emissions of just 104g/km, while the SKYACTIV-G 88kW petrol-powered five-door hatchback with manual gearbox, returns 5.1 litres/100km and 119g/km.
Every all-new Mazda3 will come with Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) which helps to reduce or prevent low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to act, i-stop idle-stop system, and Hill Hold Assist (HHA) to prevent roll back on inclines.The all-new Mazda3 is officially one of the safest cars on the road after receiving a 5-Star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests.
Further standard equipment also includes, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, power-folding heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, trip computer, radio/CD with six speaker audio system, seven-inch colour touch screen, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth® hands-free system; a real contender for Ford and Volkswagen.