CAR REVIEW: Mazda3 e-Skyactiv X


The already impressive Mazda3 has grown into an even better family sedan thanks to subtle but important tweaks to its powertrain.

Under the hood of the 2021 model, you’ll now find Mazda’s upgraded e-Skyactiv X engine, delivering improved performance and efficiency.

The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder mild hybrid unit has an additional 6 hp, bringing it to a punchy 186 hp, while torque has increased from 16 Nm to 240 Nm.

Mazda continued to resist the temptation of the turbocharger, instead of forging its own path by updating its unique SPCCI (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition) gasoline engine.

This performance improvement, which goes hand in hand with reduced emissions and fuel consumption, has been achieved through a combination of revised intake valve timing, optimized combustion control, modified pistons and for updating the mild hybrid system software.

CO2 from lab tests has been reduced from 5g / km to 11g / km according to specification.

While some drivers may favor the easy boost offered by a turbo, this large-capacity, well-balanced engine is linear, responsive and engaging.

It really makes sense when you go over 3000 RPM and is probably at its maximum when you crank the revs even higher.

Maximum torque is reached around the 4000rpm mark, while full power potential reaches 6000rpm.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Left, the Mazda 3 pictured next to Victoria Park, Oaken-shaw, Bradford and (above) in a rural setting of Kirklees

It’s a car that takes hard work and – to help you get to the maximum power range – there’s a sleek six-speed manual transmission.

Handling is superb, with the steering being well weighted and offering decent levels of feedback, while the setup balances comfort and poise.

There’s virtually nothing to watch out for in terms of bank or bank, and you end up with a sense of confidence when negotiating twisty roads.

The Mazda3 was launched in 2019 and, in terms of looks, benefits from a sharp design.

No matter which angle you look at it from, its smooth lines make it an attractive and beautiful profile.

The 18 inch black alloys fitted to my test car were a nice finishing touch.

Whatever trim level you choose, the Mazda3 is well-equipped, with a sleek, upscale interior.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Mazda 3 in the outskirts of West Yorkshire

The 8.8-inch infotainment is easy to use and is controlled by a circular dial located to the driver’s left. There is built-in Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as SatNav and DAB radio.

All controls are easily accessible, while the fit and finish live up to the high standards you associate with Mazda.

The head-up display puts all key information right in front of you.

As you ascend the trim trail, you’ll enjoy comforts like heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo.

Meanwhile, for the current model year, a sunroof has been added to the Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech e-Skyactiv X models.

There’s no shortage of space up front, but things get a bit more cramped at the rear, in part due to the large C-pillar and sloping roofline that help create that distinctive look. .

The trunk space of 334 liters seems sufficient, but is not among the best in its class.

When we tested the Mazda3 when it launched in the UK in Scotland two years ago, it was hard to find a fault.

And the latest revisions build on the strengths of this attractive hatchback.

It might be a family car, but it was also designed for those who care about what goes on behind the wheel.

With this GT Sport Tech version at over £ 29,000, there may be an argument to say it’s a bit pricey, but the long list of positives makes it worthy of serious consideration.

Mazda3 2.0 GT Sport Tech

ENGINE: 2.0 liter 186 hp, four cylinder petrol

TRANSMISSION: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive

PRICE: £ 29,055

MAX SPEED: 134 mph

ACCELERATION: 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds

INSURANCE GROUP: 23E-T1

The 2021 Mazda CX-30s arrive in dealerships this month, with the 2021 Mazda3 on sale April 1.

The 2021 model year versions of the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda3 see the debut of the updated version of Mazda’s unique Skyactiv-X SPCCI Spark Controld Compression Ignition gasoline engine. Renamed e-Skyactiv X, the updated version offers increased performance and even more efficiency.

The latest 2.0-liter e-Skyactiv X engine produces 186 hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 Nm at 4,000 rpm, an increase of 6 hp and 16 Nm respectively. The improvement in torque is most noticeable from 2000 rpm, but the output torque of the e-Skyactiv X has improved in almost all engine speed ranges, and particularly under acceleration. The most common partial load driving situations during daily driving. Best of all, efficiency has also been improved, with CO2 emissions falling by 5-11g / km – depending on model, drivetrain and trim level. The corresponding improvement in WLTP combined economy further increases the appeal of Mazda’s unique SPCCI gasoline engine.

As an example, the AWD GT Sport CX-30 automatic transmission now emits 11 g / km less CO2 with a 2.4 mpg improvement in combined WLTP economy, while the SE-L Lux CX-30 entry-level front-wheel drive manual is 6 g / km cleaner. and is 2.5mpg more fuel efficient. Updates to Mazda’s 2.0-liter compression-ignition engine were made by adjusting the compression ratio from 16.3: 1 to 15.0: 1, while other changes include optimization from combustion control, modified pistons and updated Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system software.

This results in a wider operating range of combustion efficiency, which ensures that e-Skyactiv X not only delivers higher maximum engine torque, but also improved fuel economy in the real world. The intake valve timing has been adapted by modifying the intake camshaft, which results in reduced pumping losses and further increases the specific heat ratio of the engine, which improves the fuel consumption of the engine. -Skyactiv X.

In addition to the combustion engine updates, the Mazda M Hybrid mild hybrid system has been given a software update that enables faster reactions from the system’s belt-driven ISG torque control. This improved control softens handling by increasing or reducing torque control when needed. For example, when the air supply unit of the e-Skyactiv X turns on – to supply enough air necessary for a lean air-fuel mixture – or turns off again, the inertia of the unit creates torque fluctuations. The Mazda M Hybrid’s improved software enables torque reactions from the belt-driven ISG that are fast enough to flatten the torque curve. As a result, the engine feels even smoother during linear acceleration.

Corresponding to the name change of the e-Skyactiv X engine, Mazda’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine changed to the e-Skyactiv G name and in the CX-30’s 2.0-liter 122ps range, CO2 was reduced from 7 to 8 g / km. On sale now, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 lineup includes nine e-Skyactiv G models, which are offered exclusively with front-wheel drive in the SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech levels with the possibility of opting for an automatic transmission on all models except the entry-level SE-L. The e-Skyactiv X range of 12 models is found in the trim levels SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Tech with the option of automatic transmission throughout the range. From GT Sport, it is also possible to choose Mazda’s advanced all-wheel drive system.

On sale from April 1, the 2021 Mazda3 sees the same upgraded e-Skyactiv X engine and benefits from 5-11g / km CO2 reductions along with the same horsepower and torque upgrades. The range of nine 2.0-liter e-Skyactiv G models includes the SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech trims with the option of an automatic transmission on all models , except the entry-level SE. L. The e-Skyactiv X hatchback range comprises nine cars in the SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech versions with the option of an automatic transmission from Sport Lux. Additionally, the sleek 2021 Mazda3 Sedan is offered exclusively with the e-Skyactiv X engine with the same nine-model lineup as the sedan.

Small changes to the award-winning Mazda3 see a sunroof added to the Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech e-Skyactiv X models. Commenting on the 2021 Mazda3 and CX-30, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda UK, said: Mazda CX-30, as well as the launch of the Mazda MX-30, our first battery-electric car. Updates to this technology with e-Skyactiv X have further enhanced the unique blend of performance and efficiency offered by our Skyactiv-X technology. The Mazda CX-30 is now our best-selling car in the UK, and 47% of CX-30s and Mazda3s sold in the UK are fitted with the SPCCI engine. So I’m delighted that the 2021 models are now ready to be configured by customers. , order and communicate with remotely through our digitally open dealer network ”.

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