The 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid

Mazda2 Hybrid Review (2024) | Fuel-sipping hybrid

Read Caroline's 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid review for everything you need to know about buying Mazda's hybrid small car in Ireland.

The Mazda2 Hybrid joined the Mazda range for the first time in 2022. Sold alongside the Mazda2 petrol, the Mazda2 Hybrid is essentially a rebadged Toyota Yaris.

The hybrid supermini is an important step in helping the Japanese brand to reduce emissions and offer customers a fuel-sipping hybrid option (without the cost of developing its own).

Toyota is a leader in hybrid for over 25 years so this car certainly has good provenance. But is it distinct enough?

Now in 2024, Mazda seeks to distinguish this car a little more with a few styling tweaks from its own European Design Studio.

I travelled to Barcelona to take a first look at the new Mazda2 Hybrid, ahead of its arrival in Ireland this March.

The 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid
The 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid

Styling

The Mazda2 Hybrid is a Yaris in disguise but this time around Mazda has done a little more than a simple rebadging exercise. Mazda's version of the famous small car gets a new face with a unique bumper and Mazda five-point grille. At the back, the light clusters are separated by a body coloured garnish. Black side mirrors come as standard. The Homura models add glossy black trim, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. This is a very convincing spec for the Mazda2 Hybrid, with a sporty, squat stance on the road. Glass Blue is added as a new colour.

Overall the design tweaks do give the Mazda2 Hybrid a modicum more style than before, yet it still looks more like a Toyota than a Mazda. This may be disappointing for Mazda fans but doesn't take away from the fact that it's a very accomplished small car underneath.

Interior

Again, there's very little inside to distinguish the Mazda2 Hybrid from the Yaris, except for a Mazda badge on the steering wheel and printed on the mats. It's a solid, well-made interior - though it lacks the artistic flair of a true Mazda cabin. It benefits from the same digital upgrade the Yaris receives this year, including larger and more modern touchscreens (9” to 10.5”) with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and the availability of an impressive full digital driver display.

Standard features include a reversing camera, leather steering wheel, electric windows, automatic air con and adaptive cruise control. Going up the trim levels adds things such as smart keyless entry, parking sensors, wireless mobile phone charging and even a head-up display and panoramic roof on the very top of the range Homura Plus model.

Inside the 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid
Inside the 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid

Practicality

At 286 litres, the boot is average for a small car but will fit two cabin bags side by side. The rear seats also split fold 60:40. Rear legroom is on the tight side so it's certainly one of the more compact models on sale - though you will get adults in there from time to time and children will be fine.

Engine

The Mazda2 Hybrid uses Toyota's 1.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with 116hp, just like the latest Yaris. It's incredibly frugal with fuel consumption quoted between 3.8 - 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres. Real world consumption is not too far off that, though consumption naturally increases at high speeds on the motorway.

Driving

The Mazda2 is a solid and capable small car on the road. It handles well without being particularly fun to drive. But the hybrid does feel more lively overall than a Mazda2 petrol, which can feel a bit lethargic, particularly on motorways. The Mazda2 Hybrid has no problem keeping up with the best of them on the motorway though it does get quite noisy with a lot of tyre and wind noise at high speeds. It's at its best in town and city driving when the hybrid drive really comes into its own. At low speeds, it frequently dips into EV mode, running silently on the power from its electric motor with no emissions from the exhaust. For this reason it's a very convenient option for buyers who want to be a little more environmentally conscious but without the need for chargers and charging - the small capacity battery is topped up in braking and deceleration.

Boot space in the Mazda2 Hybrid
Boot space in the Mazda2 Hybrid

Pricing

There are four trim lines confirmed for Ireland: Centre-line from €27,700; Exclusive-line from €29,550; Homura from €32,300; and Homura Plus from €34,700.

Verdict

It's challenging to put an individual stamp on a car as popular and well-known as a Toyota Yaris. Mazda has tried again with the 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid and the results are more convincing than before, particularly in the sporty Homura trim line. It's an attractive car though Mazda fans are likely to be a little underwhelmed by it overall as it lacks the artistic flair and craftmanship of a true Mazda. But, it's not a bad car: it's incredibly frugal and well-made with a modern, digital cabin and plenty of high-end safety features. It's lack of distinction from the Yaris might let it down in the wider market. But within Mazda's range, it's a frugal and lively compact car.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Mazda2 Hybrid is incredibly efficient
The Mazda2 Hybrid is incredibly efficient

The new Mazda CX-60 diesel arrives in Ireland in 2023

Mazda CX-60 Diesel Review


Read Caroline's Mazda CX-60 diesel review for everything you need to know about Mazda's new flagship CX-60 3.3-litre diesel SUV.

The Mazda CX-60 arrived in Ireland late in 2022 and slots into the Mazda range above the popular CX-5.

Now Mazda has added a diesel to the CX-60 range, which joins the plug-in hybrid already on sale.

The new diesel is part of Mazda's 'multi-solution approach' to sustainable mobility, with Mazda designers and engineers making a case for the relevance of launching a new diesel engine in the CX-60 range in 2023.

But it's an unusual move these days when the industry is moving more rapidly towards hybrid and electric. So has Mazda done the right thing to bring diesel to the CX-60 range?

Caroline travelled to Barcelona, Spain, with Mazda Ireland, to drive the new CX-60 diesel and find out if it just might be the best of the range.

The new Mazda CX-60 diesel arrives in Ireland in 2023
The new Mazda CX-60 diesel arrives in Ireland in 2023

Styling

The Mazda CX-60 is currently the largest Mazda SUV on sale, though that will change when the brand launches a new seven-seat CX-80 before the end of the year. But for now, the CX-60 has all the presence of a large premium SUV, and is a step up in size and design from the Mazda CX-5. At the front, the large grille and long bonnet accentuate the CX-60's flagship status within the Mazda range. Sculpted surfaces create a powerful and dynamic-looking SUV. There are a range of trim levels available for the diesel CX-60, with the top of the range Homura and the Takumi looking the best with larger alloy wheels and some unique trim elements like body coloured wheel arches. The diesel gets cools 'inline 6' badging on each side, while at the back there's an 'e-Skyactiv-D' badge.

Interior

The CX-60 diesel gets the same high class cabin as the plug-in hybrid. It's a classic Mazda cabin with an intuitive design and excellent built quality. The materials used are all of good quality, with plenty of leather available. Mazda’s Driver Personalisation System adjusts the steering column and driver’s seat for your height for the perfect driving position. The driving position is also noticeably higher than in a CX-5, more lofty, more luxurious. In the centre of the dashboard there’s a 12-inch screen that allows touch control of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the car is stationary. The classic Mazda rotary dial on the centre console allows simple intuitive control while driving to limit distraction.

Mazda has introduced a 3.3-litre, six cylinder engine to the CX-60 range
Mazda has introduced a 3.3-litre, six-cylinder engine to the CX-60 range

Practicality

Bigger than a CX-5, the CX-60 offers more legroom in the back, while the rear bench can seat three more comfortably. The doors open wide, making access easy. There's a 570-litre boot, with a powered tailgate also available.

Engine

The newly developed six-cylinder, 3.3-litre diesel is called e-Skyactiv D and is offered with 200hp and rear wheel drive, as well as 254hp and all wheel drive. Fuel consumption is rated as low as 5 litres per 100 kilometres in rear wheel drive versions and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres in all wheel drive versions - not bad for such a large capacity engine.

According to Mazda, advanced combustion technology makes the new e-Skyactiv D one of the cleanest diesel engines in the world. But why not use a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel like everyone else? Mazda says their 'right sizing' approach using large capacity engines improves both fuel and power efficiency. The new CX-60 diesel also uses mild hybrid technology to improve fuel economy and environmental performance using energy recuperated during vehicle coasting or slowing to assist the internal combustion engine. It's also said to increase smoothness during transmission shifts. The engine also features a new innovation from Mazda - DCPCI (Distribution Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition) to improve engine efficiency, emissions and fuel economy, by increasing the speed range at which lean burn is possible (high efficiency combustion with minimal fuel consumption).

CO2 emissions mean that motor tax in Ireland will be just €200/210 per year depending on model.

The cabin of the Mazda CX-60
The cabin of the Mazda CX-60

Driving

Mazda's strategy has worked well in the CX-60 in terms of efficiency. During my test drive, I easily achieved Mazda's claimed fuel consumption and even saw consumption as low as 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres on a high speed motorway run in the rear wheel drive version. Performance is good too, particularly in the all wheel drive diesel, which has 550Nm of torque and can sprint to 100km/h in 7.4 seconds. Like the PHEV, the Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) offers a few different drive modes. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes as standard. Gear changes are smooth though it doesn't quite feel like the silkiest, creamiest diesel of all time. There's the faint noise of diesel gurgle, which gets louder and coarser under hard acceleration - though the characteristic sound of a six cylinder engine will be music to many ears, and the delivery of power is pretty fun too.

Mostly the CX-60 diesel is well-behaved in its response. It's an enjoyable SUV to drive and feels more accomplished overall than the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid, though it's still cheaper to buy and actually the most powerful of the range (327hp). Though unless you are willing to keep its battery topped up and do lots of EV driving, the CX-60 diesel seems like a more practical option.

However the firm ride still feels at odds with what will most likely be used as a family car. When cruising, that's not so much of an issue. But in town it bumps over ramps and other imperfections in the road surface without the finesse of an upmarket SUV. On the plus side, the CX-60 is quite agile and fun to drive, with the 3.3 diesel weighing about the same as Mazda's 2.2 unit. The towing capacity of the CX-60 is up to 2.5 tonnes.

An in-line straight-six 3.0 litre e-Skyactiv X petrol engine will join the CX-60 e-Skyactiv D and PHEV at a later date.

The new CX-60 diesel is available from €60,500
The new CX-60 diesel is available from €60,500

Pricing

The new Mazda CX-60 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €60,500 for the entry level model, which comes in Prime Line trim with rear wheel drive. All the other models use the more powerful all wheel drive set up: the Exclusive Line from €65,700, the Homura from €68,950, and the Takumi from €71,750.

The CX-60 plug-in hybrid range currently starts from €54,100.

Verdict

Mazda expects to be fully carbon neutral by 2050 and the brand says it will continue to develop electrification across its range of cars and SUVs. But at the moment the MX-30 is the only true battery electric vehicle in the range. The brand's next car to launch will be the MX-30 R-EV plug-in hybrid that offers an electric drive with an innovative rotary engine-powered generator. Can't wait to drive that one!

The new diesel engine is a masterpiece in its own way, offering the power and drama of a six-cylinder, inline diesel engine but with enough mastery behind the scenes to make it one of the cleanest and most efficient diesel engines in the world. The 3.3-litre diesel feels like a natural match for this model. The CX-60 is still not a perfect SUV - it should be more comfortable, the whole car just doesn't quite knit together enough to disrupt the premium segment. But if you require a big SUV with presence, power and practicality, then the CX-60 diesel is definitely worth a look.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Mazda CX-60 on test for Changing Lanes

Mazda CX-60 Review

Read Caroline's Mazda CX-60 review for everything you need to know about buying Mazda's new flagship SUV in Ireland.

The new Mazda CX-60 is a new model from the Japanese car brand and now crowns the Mazda range in Ireland. The CX-60 is bigger than the CX-5 and for now it's Mazda's largest SUV on sale.

The new CX-60 is priced from €54,100 in Ireland. It's also the first Mazda ever to use plug-in hybrid technology and the most powerful production Mazda ever built.

Excited? Let's take a closer look.

The new Mazda CX-60 is on sale in Ireland now
The new Mazda CX-60 is on sale in Ireland now

What's so special about the Mazda CX-60?

Mazda has been slowly moving their brand upmarket with new models like the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-5. But it's the new CX-60 that looks set to really deliver on Mazda's premium aspirations with a stylish design and expertly crafted cabin, as well as powerful engines and new plug-in hybrid technology.

The new Mazda CX-60 has a lot of presence so it can rub shoulders with other high-end SUVs like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5. The CX-60 is longer and wider than a CX-5, though it still only manages seating for five. Buyers looking for a seven seat SUV from Mazda will have to wait for the upcoming CX-80.

The CX-60 is very much a Mazda with the brand's trademark large grille flanked by LED headlamps. The long bonnet can house some big engines and gives it an even more stately presence than your average SUV. The sheet metal along the side of the SUV features sleek surfacing that looks great in Mazda signature Soul Red Crystal paint. Rhodium White also joins the range as a new signature colour.

There are four trim levels but it's the top of the range Homura (from €59,350) and Takumi models (from €60,950) that look the most premium. The standard fit 18-inch alloy wheels are replaced with a 20-inch set. The grey cladding around the wheel arches and sills is swapped for a cleaner and more upmarket body-painted look.

The interior of the new CX-60
The interior of the new CX-60

Inside the Mazda CX-60

The cabin of the CX-60 feels a step up from the CX-5 with more modern features like a full digital driver display and different materials and textures such as maple wood, nappa leather, Japanese textiles, chrome details, and special instrument panel stitching.

You sit higher behind the wheel and it certainly feels like a flagship SUV from this viewpoint. Mazda's new Driver Personalisation System adjusts the steering column and driver's seat for your height for the perfect driving position.

Leather seats come as standard on all but the entry model. The Homura model on test has a lovely black leather interior. Top of the range Takumi models get an even more luxurious white nappa leather interior.

In the centre of the dashboard there's a 12-inch screen that allows touch control of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the car is stationary. The classic Mazda rotary dial on the centre console allows simple intuitive control while driving to limit distraction. Some versions also get a head-up display and wireless smartphone charging.

The rear doors open wide making it easier to get in and out or fix child seats. There is more legroom than in a CX-5 thanks to a longer wheelbase and it should be more comfortable to seat three because of the extra width of the car.

The 570-litre boot is good for a plug-in hybrid SUV, though only about 50 litres more than the boot in the CX-5 - but the opening is wider and higher. A powered tailgate is standard on all but the entry level model.

The CX-60 is a new flagship SUV for the Japanese brand
The CX-60 is a new flagship SUV for the Japanese brand

Driving the CX-60

The CX-60 will be available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines. At launch, just the plug-in hybrid is available and it uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine, battery and electric motor to boost efficiency and offer an all electric driving range of up to about 63 kilometres. It has a towing capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes.

The plug-in hybrid will later be joined by a 3.0-litre six cylinder petrol engine and 3.3-litre six cylinder diesel engine (200hp and 254hp). All versions come with a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The CX-60 plug-in hybrid is Mazda’s most powerful production model ever with 327hp and 500Nm of torque. On the road, you'll need to pop it into Sport mode to really experience the CX-60's performance. This mode is certainly more sporty biased and the CX-60 will sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds, with quite a sporty tone from the 2.5-litre petrol heart of the plug-in hybrid. Not bad for an SUV that weighs close to 2.1 tonnes.

This SUV is relatively agile from behind the wheel no matter which driving mode you opt for and the standard fit all wheel drive adds extra grip. But the downside is quite a firm suspension so the CX-60 is not the most comfortable large SUV, particularly in town.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the CX-60's battery needs to be charged, otherwise consumption will be high. There are smoother and more efficient plug-in hybrid SUVs on sale. The transition between the hybrid and electric drive can be quite noticeable at low speeds around town but becomes less of an issue once cruising, where the CX-60 is otherwise impressively refined.

Boot space in the Mazda CX-60
Boot space in the Mazda CX-60

Did you like it?

The Mazda CX-60 is the brand's most premium model to date with classy styling and a stunning interior that will delight Mazda fans. The CX-60 does feel like a step up from the CX-5 and is more spacious too.

With more car brands offering plug-in hybrid SUVs to attempt to give buyers a more environmentally-friendly power option, the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid is a timely addition to the Mazda range. It's not the best plug-in hybrid on the market for smoothness and efficiency, but it is one of the most driver-focused in that classic Mazda way.

Compared to premium rivals, the Mazda CX-60 is well-priced, offering all the space and prestige of a large SUV, and a gorgeous interior design. Yet for now, buyers seeking a seven seat large family SUV will have to look elsewhere, though Mazda does have one in the pipeline that should share a lot with this CX-60.

The CX-60 is not the perfect match for a competitive market for large SUVs, but there's still a lot to like about this upmarket SUV.

The Mazda CX-60 is a spacious and upmarket SUV
The Mazda CX-60 is a spacious and upmarket SUV

Model tested: Mazda CX-60 Homura PHEV
Price: 
€59,350
Engine:
2.5-litre petrol electric plug-in hybrid
Power: 327hp
Torque: 500Nm
Top speed: 200 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 5.8 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€140 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes

Mazda CX-5 Homura Review

Read Caroline's Mazda CX-5 review for everything you need to know about buying Mazda's popular mid-size SUV.

The Mazda CX-5 has been a great success for the Mazda brand since it was first launched. Now in its second generation, the CX-5 is still Mazda's bestselling model in Ireland, ahead of the CX-30 and Mazda3.

Something about the Mazda CX-5's stylish SUV looks and spacious cabin keep it in the sweet spot of the market. Mazda also has a knack of treating the CX-5 to regular updates, which keep our attention on this vehicle.

In 2022, the Mazda CX-5 received an update and in this review we're going to take a closer look at what's new. And more importantly, is the CX-5 still a good buy as a five-seat, mid-size SUV?

Pricing starts from €36,745, with a range of trim levels and engines available.

The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes
The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes

What's new for the 2022 Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best-looking SUVs of its kind. It looks just as modern and stylish as it did when we first saw it at the European press launch in Barcelona in 2017.

Now in 2022, Mazda has added a little more distinct style to the CX-5. There are six trim levels available but some of the most notable in the latest series are the Newground, Homura and GT Lux.

However across the board all new CX-5s get a new grille and signature wing design, and new lights and bumpers. There’s also a new colour called Zircon Sand, but Soul Red Crystal and Polymetal Grey Metallic remain good options.

The Mazda CX-5 Newground starts from €38,745 and offers a more rugged 'outdoors' look to the CX-5's elegant lines. It gets silver underguard-style treatment to the front and rear bumpers and door garnishes, black door mirrors, lime green accents to the front grille and 19-inch black machine-cut alloy wheels.

The CX-5 Homura has also returned (from €43,895) and it's my pick of the range. It's a sporty look for the CX-5 with gloss black finish to the front grille, signature wing, lower bumper sections, wheel arches, door garnishes and door mirrors.There are also 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black metallic paint, and the front grille incorporates red accents.

The GT Lux (from €44,640) has a unified, one-colour exterior, matched with silver 19-inch alloy wheels for a high-end finish.

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura
The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura

Inside the CX-5

The interior of the CX-5 is one of the most upmarket of the family SUV class. While the design has clearly aged, there's something timelessly classy about the Mazda's cabin. Sure newer rivals have more impressive digital displays and touchscreens at this stage but everything works in the Mazda just fine.

Infotainment is provided via a 10.25-inch centre display, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A heads-up display is available too. The seats have also been revised for more comfort. New equipment includes a four camera, 360 degree monitor and wireless phone charging.

Homura models get black leather seats with red stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels.

The CX-5 will seat five with good sized footwells in the second row. It might be tight for three back there, but children will be fine. There is over 500 litres of boot space, which is competitive for the segment and a powered tailgate comes as standard on some versions. Split folding rear seats boost practicality, with switches in the boot to let the seats down automatically The two-piece, reversible load-space floorboard and the tailgate sill are on the same level to help with loading.

The CX-5 has been updated for 2022
The CX-5 has been updated for 2022

Driving the Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 engine line-up in Ireland is exclusively petrol and diesel. There's no hybrid like what you will find in some of the rivals. The entry into the range is a naturally aspirated, 2.0-litre petrol engine with 165hp (‘Skyactiv-G’). Petrols are smooth and quiet but the performance can feel a bit uninspiring.

The 2.2-litre diesel with 150 hp in front wheel drive versions - and 184 hp in all wheel drive versions (‘Skyactiv-D’) - is more satisfying to drive because it has more torque and it offers the best economy of the range. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.7 litres per 100 km.

It has plenty of power so it never gets too noisy under acceleration. The diesel CX-5 is certainly one of the best diesel SUVs in the segment for its refinement. Diesels start from €40,625.

6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes are available depending on model. Even manuals are a breeze to drive, with the CX-5's agile handling and well-weighted steering contributing to what is still one of the best SUVs to drive. There have now been further enhancements to the CX-5's suspension and NVH (noise vibration harshness) performance.

Boot space in the Mazda CX-5
Boot space in the CX-5

Did you like it?

Equipment levels are high across the 2022 Mazda CX-5 range. Even the GS-L entry into the range gets 17-inch alloys, 10.25-inch colour screen display, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic air con, automatic lights and wipers, and parking sensors.

The GT adds black leather upholstery to the spec with power control and memory function, as well as 19-inch wheels, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. A powered tailgate and rear parking camera are available from GT Sport and above.

The Mazda CX-5 has definitely matured but it still stands out for its stunning good looks and upmarket interior. The cabin experience is no longer the most modern in the segment, but still feels ‘a cut above’ many competitors from the driver’s seat.

It’s subtle things like the way you are positioned in relation to the steering wheel and the controls, and the slick action of the manual gearbox, the refinement of the transmission. Things that last the test of time and make every drive a pleasure.

The CX-5 range now has more options than ever with some very distinct new offerings including the CX-5 Newground and the CX-5 Homura.

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on a CX-5 (looking at you Homura), which would be my pick of the range for a truly premium finish.

The Mazda CX-5 proposes a simple line-up of petrol and diesel engines. Hybrid has become a bit of a trend in this segment but it's absent here. Diesel seems like the best buy in the CX-5 range, which might be against market trends but there is still something to be said for the efficiency and satisfying drive behind the wheel.

Of course, later this year Mazda will launch their first ever plug-in hybrid SUV, the new Mazda CX-60. But it will be larger than the CX-5 so this car remains very much a key part of Mazda's line-up.

The Mazda CX-5 still has a lot to offer SUV buyers
The Mazda CX-5 has a lot to offer SUV buyers

Model tested: Mazda CX-5 Homura 2.2 Skyactiv-D
Price: 
€47,775
Engine: 
2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 150 hp
Torque: 380 Nm
Top speed:  204 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.9 seconds
CO2 emissions:
147 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Mazda CX-60 is on the way to Ireland

Mazda CX-60 For Ireland In 2022

The new Mazda CX-60 is on the way to Ireland
The new Mazda CX-60 is on the way to Ireland

Mazda has taken the covers off their next new model to arrive here. The new Mazda CX-60 is the company’s first plug-in hybrid for Europe. It's also the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced.

The brand says that the new CX-60 is the most important model it has introduced for over a decade. The new five seat SUV will slot in above the CX-5 in the Mazda range.

Features of the Mazda CX-60

The new CX-60 will be a flagship for the brand and promises outstanding exterior and interior design to the finest Japanese craftsmanship, along with the latest innovations in human-centric technologies and a world-class powertrain.

In the cabin a new Mazda Driver Personalisation System will recognise the occupant of the driver’s seat and automatically adjust the surroundings – seat position, steering wheel, mirrors, HUD, even the sound and climate control settings – to fit their physique as well as personal preferences.

The Mazda CX-60 has a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout. It is the brand's first plug-in hybrid and uses a Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre, four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine with a 100 kW electric motor, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery.

Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid

This combination of engine and motor delivers a total system output of 327hp and 500 Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. WLTP combined COemissions are just 33g/km. The Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV offers 63 km of motor-powered driving with the vehicle running at 100 km/h or less.

The new Mazda CX-60’s Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture is said to feature numerous enhancements to offer excellent driving dynamics. Adopting Mazda’s human-centric approach, these include bodyshell rigidity that ensures drivers can feel vehicle response without lag. The seats make it even easier for every occupant to maintain balance while the car is moving. The suspension stabilises vehicle posture while driving. There is a unique to Mazda vehicle posture control system - Kinematic Posture Control (KPC).

The interior of the new CX-60
The interior of the new CX-60

The positioning of the high voltage battery between the front and rear axles and as low as possible within the bodyshell gives the new Mazda CX-60 PHEV a particularly low centre of gravity. This, combined with a permanent all-wheel drive system incorporating shaft-driven transfer of torque between the axles, is said to give the car handling characteristics on par with the best in the premium segment.

Anything else?

The Mazda CX-60 is equipped with several new active safety systems: See-Through View - a next-generation 360o view monitor which improves visibility when driving at low speeds; Turn Across Traffic Assist; SBS-R pedestrian detection; Emergency Lane Keeping; i-Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC); and BSM Vehicle Exit Warning.

Over the coming years Mazda will continue to develop electrification across a wide range of new products. The Mazda MX-30 REV will combine full-time electric drive with a rotary engine-powered generator to offer unlimited range.

And in 2023 the company will launch a new model that is larger than the CX-60 and features three rows of seats - the Mazda CX-80.

Mazda is launching five new electrified products that feature its multi-solution platform architecture in the next three years.

After 2025, the company will launch its brand new Skyactiv EV Scalable Architecture - unique technology which will allow Mazda to efficiently build electric cars of all sizes using one common platform.


The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is now on sale in Ireland

Mazda CX-5 Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Mazda CX-5 review for everything you need to know about buying the CX-5 in Ireland in 2022.

The Mazda CX-5 first appeared in 2012 and quickly established itself as one of the core models of Mazda’s range, competing in the family SUV side of the market.

In 2017, Mazda launched an all-new generation of the CX-5 with significant changes to styling, interior design, technology and driving dynamics.

Now in 2022, Mazda refreshes the popular CX-5 family SUV with headline features including new drive mode selection feature, greater differentiation between trim levels, new styling and improved comfort and refinement. I travelled to Barcelona, Spain, with Mazda Ireland to drive the 2022 Mazda CX-5.

The CX-5 is on sale in Ireland now, priced from €36,745.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is now on sale in Ireland
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 Newground is now on sale in Ireland

Styling

The CX-5 is ageing exceptionally well, and has beautiful surfacing, best shown off in Soul Red Crystal. The styling of the Mazda CX-5 has been given a lift for 2022, including a new, more three-dimensional grille and signature wing design, new lights and bumpers, and a more individual look for the different trim levels. There's a new colour called Zircon Sand.

Mazda has also introduced a new trim level for Ireland called the Newground, which adds more vibrant and rugged style to the CX-5. It features silver underguard-style treatment to the front and rear bumpers and door garnishes, black door mirrors, lime green accents to the front grille and 19” black machine-cut alloy wheels.

The CX-5 Homura also returns, accentuating the slick and premium look of the CX-5. The Homura has a sporty gloss black finish to the front grille, signature wing, lower bumper sections, wheel arches, door garnishes and door mirrors, 19” alloy wheels finished in black metallic paint, and the front grille incorporates red accents.

The GT LUX combines a unified, one-colour exterior to highlight the CX-5's dynamic Kodo design and is matched with silver 19” alloy wheels.

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The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura
The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura

Interior

Inside the 2022 Mazda CX-5, there have been few changes to the interior design so it does not feel as modern inside as newer rivals. Yet quality is a strong point, it feels a cut above many of the SUVs that pack this segment now.

Connectivity has evolved to support both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and the latest MyMazda App Connected Services features. Infotainment is provided via a 10.25” colour centre console display. A heads-up display is available. Seats have also been revised for more comfort. New equipment includes a four camera, 360 degree monitor is available to aid manoeuvring in tight spaces, and a wireless Qi phone charging tray in the centre console.

Newground models get suede upholstery with lime green stitching and lime green surround to the air-conditioning louvres.

Homura models are differentiated by red stitching on the black leather seats, steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels.

GT Luxe models feature Nappa leather and more luxurious trim elements such as genuine woodgrain.

Practicality

The Mazda CX-5 will seat five with a spacious cabin up front and generous footwells in the rear. There is over 500 litres of boot space and a powered tailgate is available for extra convenience. Split folding rear seats boost practicality. The two-piece, reversible load-space floorboard and the tailgate sill are on the same level to help with loading.

Newground models also feature a floorboard with a water-resistant side for wet or dirty items.

Boot space in the Mazda CX-5
Boot space in the Mazda CX-5

Engines

In Ireland, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 165 hp ('Skyactiv-G') and a 2.2-litre diesel with 150 hp in front wheel drive versions, and 184 hp in all wheel drive versions ('Skyactiv-D'). 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes are available depending on model.

Manual versions of the Skyactiv-G 2.0 litre petrol engine are equipped with cylinder deactivation to boost efficiency. On the road the Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-G is quiet and smooth, offering a very refined cabin experience.

The Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D is a bit louder behind the wheel but offers more satisfying torque and efficiency. On our test drive we returned 5.2 litres per 100 km.

On the road

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 introduces Mazda intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) for the first time, which gives the driver the option of switching between a few driving modes and is available on some but not all models.

Mazda has refined the comfort and driving character of the Mazda CX-5 over time with revisions to powertrains, suspension, electric power assisted steering, and the adoption of G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). There have now been further enhancements to the suspension and NVH (noise vibration harshness) performance.

The Mazda CX-5 is available with diesel and petrol engines
The Mazda CX-5 is available with diesel and petrol engines

Mazda’s next generation of Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture has now been applied to the 2022 CX-5, further evolving the bodyshell, suspension and seats to enhance ride comfort and reduce fatigue.

On the road the Mazda CX-5 is still an agile and engaging drive for a five seat family SUV. It holds the road exceptionally well and all the controls feel good. The steering is well-weighted and even manual versions are fun and easy to drive. Comfort levels are high while road noise has been reduced even further.

Petrol versions offer an exceptionally quiet and smooth experience behind the wheel; diesels offer greater economy and punchier performance.

Equipment

The updated CX-5 range of i-Activsense safety systems now includes Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS). CTS helps reduce driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is available in Ireland in a number of trim levels – GS-L, Newground, GT, GT Sport, Homura, and the range topping GT Lux.

Equipment levels are high with even the GS-L entry into the range getting 17" alloys, 10.25” colour screen display, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic air con, automatic lights and wipers, and parking sensors.

The GT adds black leather upholstery to the spec with power control and memory function as well as 19" wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel. A powered tailgate and rear parking camera are available from GT Sport and above.

The CX-5 goes on sale in Ireland from €36,745
The CX-5 goes on sale in Ireland from €36,745

Pricing

The new Mazda CX-5 range starts at €36,745 for the 2.0-litre 163 hp petrol 2WD model in GS-L trim. The Newground with more equipment and a unique outdoors look starts from €38,745, as does the GT with a more refined look. GT Sport models start from €41,895. The Homura starts from €43,895. The GT Lux starts from €44,640.

Diesels start from €40,625 and all wheel drive from €54,770 in top of the range GT Lux trim.

Summary

The Mazda CX-5 range now has more options than ever with some very distinct new offerings including the CX-5 Newground and the CX-5 Homura.

The CX-5 remains one of the most quality offerings in the segment. The cabin experience is no longer the most modern in the segment, but still feels 'a cut above' many competitors from the driver's seat.

It's subtle things like the way you are positioned in relation to the steering wheel and the controls, and the slick action of the manual gearbox, the refinement of the transmission. Things that last the test of time and make every drive a pleasure.

It's easy to spend a lot of money on a CX-5 (looking at you Homura), which would be my pick of the range for a truly premium finish to the high end design.

At a time when every new model launch seems to be electrified in some way, the Mazda CX-5 proposes a simple line-up of well-proven petrol and diesel engines. Electric and hybrid might be absent but there is a market for what's available in the CX-5 range, and diesels are particularly strong for drivers who are seeking a good return on economy.

Mazda will next month take the covers off the first of two new SUVs to launch here in the coming months. First up is the CX-60, which will be the brand's first plug-in hybrid SUV and is expected in Ireland later in the year.

The Mazda CX-5 Homura
The Mazda CX-5 Homura

Caroline Kidd


The Mazda CX-5 will soon be joined by two other new large family SUVs

Mazda To Launch New SUVs, CX-60 And CX-80

The Mazda CX-5 will soon be joined by two other new large family SUVs
The Mazda CX-5 will soon be joined by two other new large family SUVs

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced plans to expand its SUV line-up from 2022 onwards. Two new models from the company’s Large Product group, the Mazda CX-60 and Mazda CX-80, will be introduced throughout Europe during the next two years.

To meet the growing needs of the segment, Mazda will offer European customers a wider choice of SUVs. The new Mazda CX-60 will feature two-row seating, while the CX-80 will be three-row.

Mazda say that the CX-60 and CX-80 will spearhead the European introduction of plug-in hybrid models to the range for the first time, with both SUVs using a straight four cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor.

The new generation straight-six Skyactiv-X petrol engine and Skyactiv-D diesel engine will also be introduced in combination with a 48V mild hybrid system.

The brand has also announced that during the first half of 2022, a new version of the Mazda MX-30 electric SUV will be introduced that incorporates multiple electrification technologies using Mazda’s unique rotary engine as a generator.

From around 2025, the company will introduce a number of new products on a new EV-dedicated platform. With the introduction of these models, Mazda is on track to complete the electrification of its complete range by 2030.

Alongside these new models, the Mazda CX-5 has recently been updated and the brand says it remains one of the core models driving Mazda’s business globally, along with the compact CX-30.


Mazda CX30 100th Anniversary Review

The new Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the 2021 Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary Edition!

Mazda returns with the CX-30, this time in a special birthday suit to celebrate 100 years of the Mazda brand.

To recap the Mazda CX-30 went on sale in Ireland in 2020 as the brand’s new compact SUV in the sweet spot of the family SUV market.

This 100th Anniversary model however is more than a little bit special. When fitted with Mazda’s revolutionary Skyactiv-X petrol engine, it offers the best performance of the range wrapped up in a package of exclusive styling features and the best specification of the entire CX-30 range. All to celebrate 100 years of the Mazda brand!

What's so special about the Mazda CX-30 100 Years?

Priced from €39,165 for the Skyactiv-X petrol model on test, buyers will pay a premium for all this prestige. Our CX-30 was finished in Snowflake White Pearlescent exterior paint and contrasted with burgundy interior carpet and burgundy leather seats. The white-and-burgundy two-tone exterior/interior combination is inspired by high-grade versions of Mazda’s first passenger car: the Mazda R360 Coupe.

This special edition retails at €39,165 for the range topping Skyactiv-X petrol model
This special edition retails at €39,165 for the range topping Skyactiv-X petrol model

Slipping into the Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary Special Edition is a treat for sure, with the colour scheme enhancing what is already a beautifully crafted cabin. Mazda’s human-centric approach to design means that everything feels modelled perfectly to the driver. The controls are all intuitively placed and feel great to touch and interact with. This is a real driver’s car from the get-go.

The unique 100th Anniversary badge features on the burgundy floor mats, on the key fob and is also embossed into the headrests like all the best luxury cars. You will find a 100 Years badge on the wheel centres and the side of the car also.

The CX-30 has seating for five but it is not as big inside as the larger Mazda CX-5 for example. Still it feels roomy up front and the boot opens (electrically of course!) to reveal a 430 litre boot. A CX-5 is better value for outright space inside the vehicle.

Other equipment features on this high spec model include 18” alloys, head up display, BOSE sound system, 360° view parking monitor, driver monitoring system, front cross-traffic alert and rear smart brake support.

What's under the bonnet?

For 2021, Mazda has also updated their range topping Skyactiv-X petrol engine, the world's first engine to use compression ignition, and part of Mazda’s ‘well-to-wheel’ approach to reducing emissions in conjunction with other technologies like the MX-30 battery electric vehicle, hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

Renamed e-Skyactiv-X, the updated version delivers increased performance and promises more efficiency. In the CX-30, the latest 2.0-litre e-Skyactiv-X petrol engine produces 186 ps at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 Nm at 4,000 rpm, an increase of 6 ps and 16 Nm respectively. Efficiency has also been improved, with CO2 emissions dropping by 5g/km.

Inside the Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary edition
Inside the Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary edition

Driving the 2021 Mazda CX-30

Numbers will only tell you so much however. The CX-30 is a fine compact SUV to drive, athletic and supple with a typical premium finish to the driving experience we have come to expect from this new generation of Mazda vehicles.

The 2.0-litre e-Skyactiv-X is a naturally aspirated engine so it delivers its power differently to a turbo petrol engine for example. As the revs build it gets nippier for sure, but it never feels quite as powerful as what the numbers might suggest. This is fine for an SUV of this ilk because it’s not a high performance car - handling is good but it’s not one you are going to seek out corners for.

In fact for many buyers the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv-G with 122 hp will suffice and do the job with good levels of refinement and efficiency. In fact we achieved better fuel economy in that model than in the Skyactiv-X (6.5 vs 7.2 litres per 100 km). The e-Skyactiv-X seems better suited to the Mazda3 and its sportier image.

The CX-30 is a stylish and refined compact SUV for the Irish market
The CX-30 is a stylish and refined compact SUV for the Irish market

Did you like it?

The Mazda CX-30 always impresses for its refinement, design and premium finish. It’s already proven itself as a fantastic addition to the Mazda line-up.

The Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary model is a celebratory affair with a high specification, prestigious interior and high end image.

It is no doubt a delicious car to spend time in. But you certainly pay for this level of prestige for what is still a compact SUV and there is better value to be had elsewhere in the CX-30 range.

Still we admire Mazda’s pride in their heritage. The current suite of anniversary models display a brand at its very best when it comes to design and premium level of finish to rival any German car brand.

These cars prove how well Mazda cars can be built and finished with sensitivity to design that seems to be the only way Mazda knows.

Mazda showing its class once again in the SUV market with the new CX-30
Mazda showing its class once again in the SUV market with the new CX-30

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mazda CX-30 100th Anniversary Edition e-Skyactiv-X
Price: 
€39,165
Engine: 
2.0-litre e-Skyactiv-X M hybrid
Power: 186 hp
Torque: 240 Nm
Top speed: 204 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.3 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
128 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year


The Mazda CX-5 on test for Changing Lanes!

Mazda CX-5 (2021) Review

The Mazda CX-5 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Mazda CX-5 on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the 2021 Mazda CX-5.

Gorgeous, comfortable, and premium – those are just some words that come to mind when I think of the Mazda CX-5!

The first generation of Mazda’s popular SUV launched back in 2012 just as the SUV trend was really taking hold. In 2017 the brand launched a new generation model, which got all the sharp lines and modern curves that became synonymous with a new generation of incredibly attractive Mazda cars.

What's new for the 2021 Mazda CX-5?

Mazda has been consistently refining the CX-5 ever since. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 maintains this progress in design, engineering, and technology, with enhanced driving dynamics through engine and transmission updates, improved fuel economy, and lower emissions.

The 2021 range goes on sale priced from €34,345 for a Skyactiv-G petrol or from €38,225 for a Skyactiv-D diesel. There are manual and automatic transmissions, as well as the option of four wheel drive. The car comes well equipped with standard features including cruise control, 10.25” colour centre console display and multimedia commander, leather steering wheel, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control and parking sensors, front and rear.

It’s no surprise to find that the CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling model in Ireland and indeed, worldwide! Sleek and stylish, it still looks really good, with a premium finish to the design that makes heads turn.

The CX-5 range has been updated for 2021
The CX-5 range has been updated for 2021

Inside the Mazda CX-5

Inside the interior of the Mazda CX-5 is starting to show its age. But not in a bad way as the quality and design is still high end so you feel like you are driving something a little bit more special that many rivals in this space. The finish of the car is so good, the plushness of the cabin materials, and the simple classiness of the dials and instruments. Connectivity has evolved to support both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and DAB+ is fitted as standard across the entire model range.

For 2021 the HMI system inside the car has been updated in line with what we have seen in new generation Mazda cars like the Mazda3 and CX-30. It combines a new, faster, clearer 10.25-inch centre display and more intuitive commander control operation with an expanded range of Connected Services from the latest MyMazda App. Features include remote door locking, vehicle finder, the remote pre-programming of multiple navigation destinations, a vehicle health report, dealership contact and service booking request, and roadside assistance.

The CX-5 is a comfortable five seater with a generous cabin and over 500 litres of boot space. A powered tailgate is available for extra convenience. We found the car very practical to live with. Split folding rear seats boost practicality.

Inside the 2021 Mazda CX-5
Inside the 2021 Mazda CX-5

On the road in the Mazda CX5 Skyactiv-G

Driving the Mazda CX-5 is a comfortable and refined experience. Over time revisions to the suspension have made the CX-5 sharper and better to drive than ever. Controls are smooth and direct, putting you in touch with the road in a delicate but tactile way.

Mazda says that there have been powertrain improvements for a better driving experience. These include optimised accelerator pedal operation for better vehicle response and control, improved engine response to throttle inputs, enhanced responsiveness of the six-speed automatic transmission and reductions in CO2 emissions.

Engine options include the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine with 165 hp, and the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel with 150 or 184 hp. Each will be available with an automatic or manual transmission.

Our test car was powered by Mazda’s tried and tested ‘Skyactiv-G’ 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 165 hp. This engine is super smooth and matched perfectly to a 6-speed manual gearbox. While it lacks the in-gear punch of a turbo unit, it is a gentle companion to the Mazda’s refined road manners and very quiet on the go. Over a week of driving we averaged fuel consumption of 7.5 litres per 100 km, so the Mazda CX-5 diesel will offer superior economy.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 range goes on sale priced from €34,345
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 range goes on sale priced from €34,345

Did you like it?

The Mazda CX-5 is stylish and highly desirable, but also practical, with a large and comfortable cabin.

The interior of the car is starting to age but you can’t argue with the quality. Driving the CX-5 is still a premium experience, with a fit and finish that is very classy and upmarket. As the price climbs through the range, Mazda add even more equipment, but the CX-5 can command it easily.

On the road the CX-5 performs well, being both comfortable, precise and refined. The petrol engine is not the most efficient unit in a large SUV like this, but it is quiet and pleasant to drive, even with a 6-speed manual. The diesel offers more torque and better economy, which keeps it relevant in today’s market.

No doubt about it, the Mazda CX-5 makes a very good family car!

Gorgeous, comfortable, practical - it's the Mazda CX-5!
Gorgeous, comfortable, practical - it's the Mazda CX-5!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mazda CX-5 GT Luxe 2.0 Skyactiv-G
Price: 
€42,240
Engine: 
2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol
Power: 165 hp
Top speed: 204 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.3 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
153 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€280 per year
 


The new Mazda3 100th Anniversary on test for Changing Lanes!

Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition Review

The new Mazda3 100th Anniversary on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Mazda3 100th Anniversary on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition

The Mazda3 is one of our favourite cars here at Changing Lanes. The latest generation of the Japanese hatchback launched in Ireland in 2019 with a sensuous new look and sophisticated interior. It heralded the start of exciting new technology from the brand including mild hybrid technology and the world’s first compression-ignition engine. Doesn’t that sound exciting?

What's so special about the Mazda3 100th Anniversary?

Now to celebrate 100 years of the company, Mazda has launched a series of 100th Anniversary models. And in this review we will take a closer look at the Mazda3 100th Anniversary to see if it’s any good!

Inspiration for the special edition’s striking colour scheme came from the Mazda R360 Coupe from 1960, which was the brand’s first ever passenger car.

Finished in white pearl with special anniversary badges throughout and black alloy wheels, the Mazda3 100th Anniversary stands out for all the right reasons. This model is a design triumph regardless with beautiful curvature to the model around the C pillar that is just not what you expect from the family hatchback class. The Mazda3 is a true trendsetter.

Special edition Mazda3 takes inspiration from the Mazda R360 Coupe from 1960
Special edition Mazda3 takes inspiration from the Mazda R360 Coupe from 1960

Inside the 2021 Mazda3 100th Anniversary

Open the door and you are welcomed by a bespoke interior of red leather and matching red carpets. I was dazzled and it wasn’t just the red carpet effect! There is a soft cream panel to accentuate the width of the dashboard. The Mazda3 cabin wraps around you perfectly. It’s a true driver’s car. Infotainment is provided via a slick looking 8.8" screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, with a multimedia controller on the centre console.

This hatchback will seat five and space inside the vehicle is competitive for the class, well should we say premium compact class? Because that’s how this car feels. And with a list price of €37,220 for this car with the 2.0-litre e-Skyactiv-X M Hybrid petrol engine, this model in particular will certainly sit among high end hatchbacks.

But deservedly so. The e-Skyactiv-X also offers considerable power, poise and play in the Mazda3 100th Anniversary. Mazda’s revolutionary Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine has been improved for this model year with a bit more power (186 hp) and torque (240 Nm), while overall efficiency has been improved. Being a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol affair, it does deliver power differently to the road than say one of those small capacity engines with a turbo.

The interior of the Mazda3 100th Anniversary
The interior of the Mazda3 100th Anniversary

On the road in the Mazda3 e-Skyactiv-X!

Spend some time with this car though and you will find Mazda’s own little brand of fun and wizardy going on. It’s a super sweet car to drive, nicely balanced on the road, a lightness to the controls, yet the ability to be wrangled in and out of corners with a distinct and precise feel. It never feels hugely fast, but you learn to work with the neat distribution of power through the gears and it becomes a satisfying and interesting hatchback to drive. Mazda afficionados will love it!

Mazda has improved the fuel efficiency of this engine and over a week of driving we averaged 6.2 litres per 100 km, which is marginally better than the figure we returned when testing the Mazda3 Skyactiv-X in 2020. CO2 emissions are down 7 g to 120 g.

This is a unique and fun hatchback with some very clever engine technology. Improvements to efficiency are welcome; power and torque improvements are less obvious but this car performs well on the road regardless, with a distinct driving character from its 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.

So that’s a wrap on the new Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition. A stunning car, albeit at a price.

But the Mazda3 has been knocking at the door of premium for a while now.

The Mazda3 is refined and fun to drive!
The Mazda3 is refined and fun to drive!

Model tested: Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition e-Skyactiv X
Price: €37,220
Engine: 
2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine
Power: 186 hp
Torque: 240 Nm
Top speed: 216 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.1 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
120 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year

Caroline Kidd