The Skyactiv-X version of the new Mazda3 will arrive in the UK in October, with prices starting from £23,555.

Skyactiv-X is the name for Mazda’s new Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology, which seeks to combine the best of both petrol and diesel engines.

In the Mazda3, the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X engine produces 180 ps at 6,000 rpm and 224 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

That’s enough for a 0-62 mph time of just 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph.

CO2 emissions, meanwhile, range from 96 to 125 g/km depending on model, while economy can be as much as 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle – not far off that of the equivalent diesel.

For the first time in the UK, the new Mazda3 will also be available with all-wheel-drive, although in range-topping GT Sport Tech trim only.

Four trim levels will be available in total.  The first, Sport, is generously equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, reversing camera, heated seats, power-folding door mirrors, automatic and adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Control, signature LED rear lights, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, colour head-up display, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, 8.8-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, radar cruise control, and a whole hill of safety features.

Sport Lux brings with it an auto-dimming driver’s door mirror, front parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, CD player, and keyless entry.

GT Sport models go further with an auto-tilt door mirror with memory, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, and Bose 12-speaker sound system.

The top-of-the-range GT Sport Tech grade adds 360-degree view monitor, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Cruising Traffic Support, Driver Monitoring, plus the option of all-wheel-drive.

The Mazda3 Saloon arrives in showrooms at the same time.  Although the wheelbase is identical, the saloon is 200mm longer than the hatchback, and offers a 444-litre boot.

Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Hatchback Prices

Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Sport: £23,555
Sport Auto: £25,095
Sport Lux: £24,875
Sport Lux Auto: £26,395
GT Sport: £26,675
GT Sport Auto: £28,195
GT Sport Tech: £27,575
GT Sport Tech Auto: £29,095
AWD GT Sport Tech: £29,775
AWD GT Sport Tech Auto: £31,295

Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Saloon Prices

Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Sport: £23,555
Sport Auto: £25,095
Sport Lux: £24,875
Sport Lux Auto: £26,395
GT Sport: £26,675
GT Sport Auto: £28,195
GT Sport Tech: £27,575
GT Sport Tech Auto: £29,095