When the age of the internal combustion engine comes to an end, what do you think history will look back on as the pinnacle of its development? An extravagant supercar with a thousand horsepower, perhaps? I’d like to suggest that future scholars should set their sights on something more humble, and they need only look as far as the new Mazda3 for a couple of worthy candidates.
The Skyactiv-X version of the new Mazda3, employing Mazda's new Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology, will arrive in the UK in October with prices starting from £23,555.
The new Mazda3 is available to order now, with prices starting from £20,595. To begin with, it will be offered in hatchback form only, powered by a choice of either a 122ps 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 116ps diesel.
The new 2019 Mazda 3 has been unveiled at the LA Motor Show, and as well as a new design it heralds the debut of Mazda's SkyActiv-X spark-controlled compression ignition petrol engine.
When we first reviewed the current generation Mazda3 back in 2014, we came away impressed. That’s not surprising, really: it looks good, drives well, and is powered by a range of great engines. Thankfully when time came for Mazda’s engineers to give their best-seller a mid-life update, they wisely chose not to mess with a winning formula.
The Mazda3 has been revised for the 2017 model year, with tweaked exterior styling, an updated cabin, greater refinement, and the introduction of Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control.
Now that Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language and SkyActiv engineering principles have been given a thorough airing, it’s time to pitch them at the volume end of the market. That means coming up against the formidable competition that is the Ford Focus and VW Golf. Mazda will have to pull something seriously compelling out of the bag if they are to make the in-roads they’re hoping for.
Watch our Mazda 3 Video Review.
The new Mazda 3 will go on sale in the UK from January 2014 in both hatchback and 'fastback' saloon forms, with prices starting from £16,695.
The new Mazda 3 range, which goes on sale in the UK later this year, will include both hatchback and fastback-style saloon body styles. Both share the same wheelbase, but the saloon is 120mm longer overall.
The new Mazda 3 has been unveiled, which will feature the company's fuel-efficient SkyActiv technology and 'Kodo' design language. It's currently set to go on sale in the autumn.
Mazda has unveiled its Spring 2013 Special Edition line-up, adding an attractively-priced value package to its four core models - the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5 and MX-5