Satisfies this Mazda 3, for several reasons. SH is on the keys, for a Mazda that is not an RX, nor a Miata, nor yet a GT-R…
The reason that provokes you it surpasses the ruby color of the body in the refreshed Mazda3, which was given to us for testing. Coloring in combination with the leather linings in the interior that may or may not be liked (this red on red), while it results charming contrast with the black, carefully designed rims on the 18-inch wheels. Beautiful set in hatchback version, and even takes you back in time. In addition to the Kia Rio of yesteryear, in the long run, it also reminds Alfasud from some corners. Accords, memories, unbridled…
Finally, a reaction to what has become a habit, such as the turbo on the engine and the automatic transmission with or without paddles on the steering wheel, and here you are seduced by diversity. As for whether it wins you over, wait until we get to that…
High horse power, without a turbochargerbut with the system e-Skyactiv Χ. Proud of Mazda for this approach, and we make no secret of the fact that it never impressed us, classifying it as controversial. Judging by the taste it has left you, especially in the CX-30, an excellent proposal with a smart body and advantage the frame and the quality of the ride and construction.
Mazda 3 – 2024
Especially for him 2 liter engine in its renewed versionwith innovative technology as a reference point Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) and named “e-Skyactiv X”, now combines more advantages such as higher efficiency and lower emissions than before.
In particular, the maximum power has been increased from 180 to 186 hp, delivered at 6,000 rpm, with the torque correspondingly improving by 16 Nm, now reaching 240 Nm at 4,000 rpm. At the same time, the torque curve has been improved over almost the entire engine speed range, while fuel consumption has improved, as well as its environmental behavior, with CO2 emissions being reduced where appropriate, in combination with its upgraded software Mazda M Hybrid mild hybrid system.
Overall Mazda 3 upgrades
The system has been added to the Japanese hatchback driver attention warning (Distracted Driver Alert), the improved autonomous emergency braking during the night (AEB: Autonomous Emergency Braking), its improved version systemic Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) to keep the vehicle within the predetermined speed limit, while improvements have also been made to the system Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS), to maintain the distance from the vehicle in front.
In the internal, the differences include the display and advanced entertainment software, as well as replacing the existing USB-A ports with USB-C and the rearrangement of cabin controls for even greater ease of use.
It remains the hatchback body at the top of the list, as long as you want it and to driveand it is no coincidence that manufacturers persist, offering interesting proposals.
The back of the seat is hard, but you get used to it, and besides, you have the option of perfect adjustment. With the engine you are biased, but the Japanese maintains his honesty, and indeed the difference from yesterday exceeds the small increase in horsepower. Taking advantage of it manual transmission, you erase gaps and ambiguities at low revs, while if you stay slightly above the maximum torque of 4,000 rpm., everything works great. Consumption does not exceed 8 liters for 100 km. no matter how hard you push, while at this pace at the limits of an old-school GT, the chassis betrays virtues, with the ride quality acting as an added value to the build quality.
Beyond that, these Japanese do not forget their habits and, giving style and character with a driver-centric orientation, manage the semi-rigid that does not trouble. Game doesn’t arise in overkill, but you can achieve the high m.o.p. with smile.
The manual transmission with the excellent selector it is offered with long ratios and, combined with the characteristics of the engine, no discounts are recommended in its operation. So you use it, and you like it, since it keeps you on your toes even when you’re tired. It wakes you up, to be precise, both from the sound of the engine, which varies pleasantly as you raise rpm.as well as from the speedometer, that stays high without risk and with your safety at the highest price; in our case, taking advantage of the excellent brakes, despite the crazy weight hidden, being extremely weighted. Pleasant set, easy on ergonomics, proves to be safe over many kilometers and pleasant, being flexible on the slippery Greek country road. Available to you and large diameter steering wheel, with its evaluation also being a matter of aesthetics, which differs for each of us. Even between us…
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With this Mazda, which does not have the steering wheel of the Focus, nor the engine of the Civic, in this version with a starting point lower than 30,000 euros, according to our criteria, the comparison begins and ends with the Leon FR. An excellent set, also with smart options, aimed at those who also want to drive. An interesting meeting, if it ever arises…_ S. X.
Mazda 3 e-Skyactiv X 2.0 186 PS
MOVEMENT: 1,998 cc > MAX POWER: 186 hp/6,000 rpm > MAX. TORQUE: 240 Nm/4,000 rpm > BOX: 6-speed manual > FRONT/BACK SUSPENSION: Knees/Semi-rigid axle > LxWxH: 4,460×1,795×1,435 mm. > SILENCER: 2,725 mm > LUGGAGE SPACE: 351 liters > WEIGHT: 1,395 kg > 0-100 KM/H*: 8.0 sec. > TOP SPEED*: 216 km/h > AVERAGE TEST CONSUMPTION: 8.5 l/100 km > BROADCASTING CO2: 114 g/km > PRICE: From 28,790 euros (31,637 auto)