Buyers guide to the Mazda3

Buyers guide to the Mazda3

Considering a new Mazda3? Here’s everything you need to know…

The latest Mazda3 is arriving on UK shores imminently and looks set to take the family hatchback segment by storm.

With a stunning design, bags of great technology and a fun driving experience, it’s a car worth considering. Want to know more? Here’s our buying guide…

What engines are available?

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At launch, two engines will be available for the Mazda3 — a petrol and a diesel.

We’ll focus on the Skyactiv-G petrol first. The 2.0-litre unit develops 120bhp and 213Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. With the former, 0-60mph comes in 10.2 seconds while a top speed of 126mph is possible. As for efficiency, Mazda claims 44.8mpg is possible while emitting 142g/km of CO2.

As for the Skyactiv-D diesel option, that outputs 114bhp and 270Nm of torque. Gearbox options reflect the petrol engine, and when paired to a manual the diesel 3 can hit 60mph in 10.1 seconds and can achieve a 124mph top speed. Mazda says it’ll manage 55.4mpg while emitting 133g/km of CO2.

Later this year, the Japanese firm will also introduce Skyactiv-X for the 3 — a petrol engine that is promised to deliver the torque and efficiency of a diesel.

What trim options are in the range?

Five trim options are available in the Mazda3 range, and equipment highlights are as follows:

SE-L — from £20,595

Head-up display, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, LED headlights, 8.8-inch infotainment display with satellite navigation and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support, 16-inch alloy wheels, eight-speaker audio system

SEL-Lux — from £21,695

Features from SE-L + reversing camera, smart keyless entry, heated front seats

Sport Lux — from £22,795

Features from SEL-Lux + additional chrome interior details, frameless rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels

GT Sport — from £24,595

Features from Sport Lux + black leather seats, heated steering wheel, Bose audio system

GT Sport Tech — from £25,496

Features from GT Sport + additional safety equipment including 360-degree camera and Driver Attention Alert

What about personalisation?

Mazda has yet to reveal the full suite of personalisation options available for the Mazda3, but there’s set to be a whole host of metallic and solid paint options — with Soul Red Crystal our pick of the bunch.

As for the cabin, the hatchback is available with a full black interior — although a combination white/black leather option could arrive later down the line as it’s available on the US-spec saloon.

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