The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!

Mazda3 SkyActiv-X Orders Begin!


The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!
The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!azda

Mazda Ireland has announced that customers can now pre-order the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X.

The revolutionary Skyactiv-X petrol engine features Mazda’s unique Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology. The 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Skyactiv-X engine is the world’s first commercial petrol unit to combine the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel.

Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine and the superior response of a diesel, Skyactiv-X models will have 180 PS and 224 Nm of torque.

In emissions tests, the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Saloon was rated at 96 g/km CO2 and achieved a fuel economy of 4.3 l/100km.

Skyactiv-X models are also equipped with Mazda M Hybrid technology, fitted as standard. The intelligent 24V mild-hybrid system minimises fuel consumption, increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions by recycling energy recovered during deceleration that powers an electric motor that assists the engine.

The Skyactiv-X engine is available on both the Mazda3 hatchback and saloon models, with a choice of six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual or six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions.

It is expected to reach Irish showrooms by the fourth quarter of 2019.

New Mazda3 available now from €26,295

2019 Mazda3 Now On Sale In Ireland

New Mazda3 available now from €26,295
New Mazda3 available now from €26,295

The Mazda3 has arrived in Ireland and is available now from €26,295. It's available in two body-types, Hatchback and Saloon, with the latter arriving in June.

At launch there are two engines available for the Mazda3: the 2.0 Petrol Skyactiv-G and the 1.8 Diesel Skyactiv-D.

An innovative new 2.0 Petrol Skyactiv-X will be added to the range later this year.

Mild hybrid technology and cylinder-deactivation are standard on the 2.0 petrol engine to boost fuel economy.

Commenting on the new launch, John Perry, Managing Director of Mazda Ireland said, “These truly are exciting times for the brand. Reactions to All-New Mazda3 from first customer test drives and press reviews have been phenomenal. Mazda3 has always been a successful model for the brand but this next-generation Mazda3 has further raised the bar within an already competitive segment. By focusing on driving pleasure and creating a bond between car and driver, Mazda don’t just engineer cars to deliver high levels of quality and safety but to the enjoyment and emotional feeling experienced behind the wheel.”

The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback will arrive in Ireland in April priced from €26,295

2019 Mazda3 Pricing For Ireland

The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback will arrive in Ireland in April priced from €26,295
The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback will arrive in Ireland in April priced from €26,295

Mazda Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for the new Mazda3 hatchback and saloon. The 2019 Mazda3 is the first of Mazda's next-generation vehicles and reflects the very latest in Mazda’s engineering, design and manufacturing. It's available to order now, with the first cars arriving in showrooms in late April.

The new Mazda3 will go on sale in Ireland priced from €26,295. At launch the Mazda3 hatchback will be available with a choice of 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G (122hp) petrol engine or 1.8 litre SkyActiv-D (116hp) diesel engine. A Mazda3 saloon will join the range in June and will be sold solely as a diesel (from €28,715).

Mazda’s innovative SkyActiv-X, Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine will arrive later in the year.

For Ireland there will be a choice of four trim levels: GS, GS-L, GT and GT Sport for the hatchback, while the saloon will be available as GS, GS-L, Platinum and Platinum Sport.

Standard equipment will include air con, an 8.8-inch colour entertainment screen, 7-inch digital dashboard, window projected colour Active Driving Display, LED headlights with High Beam Control, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring with rear traffic alert, E-Call and Lane Keep Assist. Every model in the line-up also features navigation, Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ and an eight speaker audio system.

The interior of the new Mazda3
The interior of the new Mazda3

GS-L includes a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and heated front seats, while the GT model is equipped with 18” alloy wheels and a black leather interior. At the top of the range the GT Sport/Platinum Sport sees an enhanced cabin with additional chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror, rear privacy glass and Bose® twelve speaker audio system.

GS and GS-L cars feature 16-inch silver alloy wheels, while from GT/Platinum upwards, 18-inch Grey/Silver Metallic wheels feature. Rear privacy glass and piano black window garnish distinguish the top of the range GT Sport/Platinum Sport model.

Mazda’s newest paint colour Polymetal Grey makes its debut on the new Mazda3 (hatchback only).

All trims are offered with both diesel and petrol engines, with a choice between manual and automatic gearboxes.

The 2019 Mazda3 has been built upon Mazda’s next generation of Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. The Skyactiv-G petrol engine now features cylinder deactivation and Mazda’s M Hybrid 24V mild hybrid system to improve fuel economy.

The new Mazda3 will be available with a petrol and diesel engine from launch
The new Mazda3 will be available with a petrol and diesel engine from launch

mazda3 review ireland

Mazda3 GT 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D Review

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The Mazda3

The current Mazda3 has been on sale in Ireland since 2014 but has new pep in its step with the addition of a 1.5-litre diesel to the range.

Mazda3 was first launched with a 1.5-litre (100PS) petrol engine and a 2.2-litre (150PS) diesel engine, but the new engine (already seen in CX-3 and Mazda2) is now the most efficient in the range. It will also likely be more pleasing to Irish buyers who tend to feel more comfortable with a smaller capacity engine.

It’s efficient for sure. Mazda say the engine will return up to 74.3mpg with emissions of just 99g CO2, and the car proved frugal during my test drive. But thankfully the Mazda3 is no bore, and the 105PS engine has enough zip to exploit the Mazda’s excellent handling.  This car feels light and agile on the road, aided by a sweet shifting 6 speed manual gearbox and well-judged steering that means that corners can be taken on in one fluid motion that is extremely satisfying to the driver. While there is road noise at high speeds and the whisper of diesel gurgle when hopping on the accelerator, the Mazda3 never feels anything less than a smooth and sophisticated car.

The interior is mature but stylish and easy navigable, and the Mazda ‘MZD Connect’ infotainment system with touchscreen and rotary controller operates like something lifted from a more expensive car.

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The Mazda3 has a stylish interior that is extremely well-finished

The Mazda3 will seat five and rear space is competitive for the class. The boot is 364 litres, which is a little off the very best in the class. And while there is a great bottle shaped space in all four doors, I was a bit disappointed that there weren’t conventional door pockets!

Yet door pockets or no door pockets, I couldn’t help but be hooked by the Mazda3. It’s a stylish presence in this segment and without the ubiquity of say the Golf, Megane, Astra, Focus, it feels more exclusive. The entry price into the range is a bit higher than some key rivals with prices for petrol models starting at €22,995, and diesels at €24,695, though standard specification is good including 16” alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors, air con, keyless start, front and rear electric windows, Bluetooth, 7” colour touchscreen and multimedia system and hill hold assist.

Executive SE (from €26,195) adds the likes of front fog lights, auto lights and wipers, bi xenon headlights, LED rear lights, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, dual zone climate control and cruise control. The GT model on test (from €27,395) had an updated interior with silver dashboard decoration panel, 18” alloys, head-up display, reversing camera, heated front seats and keyless entry.

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The Mazda3 is a car that resonates with head and heart

The addition of the new 1.5-litre diesel to the range means that the Mazda3 can square up nicely to rivals in terms of engine size and despite being a really efficient unit, the Mazda3 is no bore.

However the Mazda3 is a car that really appeals for its grown-up good looks and stylish interior. Hatchback buyers are spoilt for choice but this one really does resonate with the head and the heart.

Model Tested: Mazda3 1.5 SKYACTIV-D GT
€30,290 (Range starts €22,995)
1.5-litre turbo diesel
11 seconds
CO2 Emissions: 
Motor Tax: 
€180 per year

Caroline Kidd