The fourth generation will be available both as a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan, promising reduced NVH and no less than four engine options. The 1.8-liter SkyActiv-D is the only one running on diesel, complemented by the 1.5- and 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G. As for the crowning achievement of the lineup, the SkyActiv-X with spark plug controlled compression ignition promises to be the most economical of the lot thanks to the M Hybrid system.
M Hybrid will be available on the SkyActiv-G range too, but Mazda didn’t go into detail in regard to output or fuel consumption. As ever, transmission options number two and both feature six speeds. What’s not so great about the 2019 Mazda3 is the rear suspension, which now features a torsion beam instead of a multi-link setup.
Before you bring out the pitchfork, remember that even the torsion beam can be fun. The Ford Fiesta ST comes to mind, although the subcompact hot hatchback is a little rough in terms of ride comfort. At the end of the day, Mazda transitioned to this type of suspension for the 3 because it’s cheaper to manufacture and less complex than a multi-link setup.
As beautiful as it is, Mazda developed the 3 with an emphasis on convenience. Take the A-pillars as a prime example, “optimized to minimize obstruction angles and associated blind spots.” Even the cupholders have been relocated to the front of the shifter, translating to a longer center armrest.