Prices for the all-new Mazda 3 will start from £16,695 and rise to £23,345 when sales start in January 2014. The Mazda 3 range consists of 36 variants, a mix of fastback and hatchback models available with a range of petrol and diesel engines.
The Mazda 3 features the SkyActive fuel-saving technology, with power ranging from 99bhp to 163bhp across the engine range.
Petrol models for the new VW Golf rival start at £16,695 for the entry-level 99bhp 1.5-litre petrol SkyActive-G hatchback, with diesel variants starting from £19,245 for the 148bhp 2.2-litre SkyActive-D in either hatchback or fastback form.
Regardless of trim level or body type, all diesel models receive the same 148bhp 2.2-litre engine, with the diesel fastback models boasting best-in-range emissions of 104g/km of CO2. Three petrol engines including a 99bhp 1.5-litre motor, plus a 119bhp and 163bhp 2.0-litre engine make up the range.
Featuring 21 hatchbacks – including eight diesel models – and 15 fastbacks, five of which being available with a diesel engine, Mazda 3 buyers can also choose between three trim levels made up of SE, SE-L and Sport Nav.
All models come as standard with Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which helps reduce the risk of collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the driver does not react quick enough. Hill hold assist (HHA) and Internet connectivity are also standard across the range.
Kit on SE models includes 16-inch alloys wheels, air con, leather steering wheel, trip computer, six-speaker audio system, 7-inch touchscreen, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. SE-L models gain Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic lights and wipers plus heated front seats and rear parking sensors.
Satellite navigation can be added to both the SE and SE-L models for an additional £600.
Range topping Sport Nav models receive bigger 18-inch alloys, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), nine-speaker Bose surround sound, head-up display, integrated sat nav, additional front parking sensors and optional leather interior trim.
Mazda hasn’t released any economy figures for the Mazda 3 but the manufacturer claims the engines will be the most frugal on offer in the class, aided by the Mazda 3 weighing 60kg less that its predecessor.
A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard across the range with customers able to spec a six-speed automatic on diesel and lower-powered petrol engines.