Mazda3 knocks Ford for six

07 June 2019


MAZDA is claiming the best of all possible worlds for a version of its new Mazda3 model, which is capable of up to more than 50mpg with very low emissions.

This is because it combines the virtues of petrol and diesel engines, whilst adding battery power for food measure.

Called the Mazda3 Skyactiv-X, it claims to have achieved a world first by combining the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel.

This enables it to guarantee economy of more than 50mpg of petrol, whilst generating power of 180bhp with CO2 exhaust emissions of just 96g/km.

The two-litre engine is allied to a 24V mild-hybrid system, with energy being topped up every time the driver uses the brakes.

The new engine will be offered on both the hatchback and saloon models later this year with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

There will even be a four-wheel-drive system offered in the case of the hatchback models.

The new Mazda is high on safety too, having achieved the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP in its latest series of tests.

The car performed impressively in all four categories of Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.

Outstanding results included a 98% score in the Adult Occupant category and 87% in the Child Occupant category.

Prices of the Skyactiv-X versions will be announced in a few weeks.