The Mazda3 has been named ‘Supreme Winner’ at the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year awards. In addition to taking the top award, the model also won Women’s ‘World Family Car of the Year’.
Established in 2010, Women’s World Car of the Year is voted on by a panel of female judges from over thirty different countries who are asked to vote according to factors that include safety, value for money, aesthetic appearance, practicality and environmental footprint.
The Mazda3 range features hatchback models powered by the 122ps Skyactiv-G and 180ps Skyactiv-X petrol engines, while the stylish Mazda3 Saloon is exclusively powered by the ground-breaking Skyactiv-X engine.
Featuring Mazda’s unique Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI ) technology, Skyactiv-X is the world’s first production petrol engine to exploit the benefits of compression ignition. Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine combined with greater efficiency, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 180ps Skyactiv-X engine features the claimed highest compression ratio for a production petrol engine in the world, while its lean burn capabilities ensure outstanding fuel economy and low emissions.
The stylish cabin environment takes a minimalist approach with every aspect of the cockpit laid out in perfect horizontal symmetry with the driver to deliver both ergonomic simplicity and beautiful design.
Mazda’s focus on Japanese mastery inspired craftsmanship is evident in both high-class materials found throughout the interior and the impressive build quality. All models feature a seven-inch colour TFT driver instrument display, while the latest version of the Mazda Connect infotainment system features a larger 8.8-inch central display, improved navigation and a revised multimedia commander control dial, to name just a few of the enhancements.
Like the Skyactiv-G petrol engine, Mazda’s Skyactiv-X engine is matched to the Mazda M Hybrid 24V mild-hybrid system that recycles recovered kinetic energy. A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG ) converts the energy in the 600kJ lithium-ion battery, while the DC-DC converter supplies it to the cars electrical equipment.
A stand out compact premium small saloon, the Mazda3 saloon shares just its bonnet and windscreen with the hatchback, ensuring that it delivers a uniquely sophisticated and executive look distinct from the hatchback. Sharing an identical wheelbase, the saloon is 200mm longer, while the 444-litre boot ensures this stylish saloon delivers impressive levels of practicality.