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

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

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RRP £30,465What Car? Target Price£29,634
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

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

Range-topping GT Sport Tech trim adds more safety kit, such as smart city braking, which automatically applies the brakes if it senses that you’re about to reverse into an obstacle, as well as a driver attention monitor, which issues a warning if your attention begins to wander from driving. It also brings front cross-traffic alert, a system that alerts you if you start to pull out in front of an unseen vehicle – when joining a fast road from a side entrance, for example.

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

54.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

351

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

118

g/km