Mazda 3 2.0 e-Skyactiv X MHEV [186] GT Sport 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £28,655What Car? Target Price£27,447
Review

Although Mazda trades on a sporty reputation, the 3 doesn't get anywhere near to a Ford Focus in terms of handling. However, it's not without serious strengths. It comes very well equipped, the infotainment system is great, the interior quality is top-notch and it's refined and reasonably priced. Plus, the fuel-efficient e-Skyactiv X engine offers low CO2 emissions that’ll help with company car tax.

It's still worth considering the upper trims, such as this GT Sport, because they're not overly priced. Upgrades include a powered driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, leather seat upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system.

The most potent engine in the Mazda 3 range feels usefully stronger thanks to the 8.1sec 0-62mph time, although it still lacks the low-down pulling power of turbocharged rivals. Impressively, it feels much the same as a regular petrol engine despite all the clever emissions-reducing technology under the bonnet.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

53.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

351

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

121

g/km

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