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Actual consumption: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X in the test

A gasoline engine with the advantages of diesel, that is, an engine with high torque and low fuel consumption, but with a lot of power and low emissions: That was the goal of the Mazda engineers when they developed the new Skyactiv-X engine. In this edition of our weekly fuel consumption test, we have dedicated ourselves to this "diesotto" in the Mazda 3.

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The Japanese compact car has a two-liter four-cylinder with a mild hybrid system and 180 hp. It drives like a car with normal suction gasoline. He doesn't seem really athletic. On our 360 km standard route from Rome to Forlì, the Mazda 3 needed Skyactiv-X with front-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission 4.90 liters / 100 km. That's good for this performance and this class. The fuel costs are 6.86 euros / 100 km.

The Skyactiv-X combines a high compression ratio, a lean fuel-air mixture and a combination of ignition by spark plug and ignition by compression (SPark Controlled Compression Ignition, SPCCI).

In our consumption ranking, we place it among the gasoline-powered vehicles, after all, gasoline is used. Here it ends up in the middle area. It does worse than the weaker models VW Golf 1.0 TSI with 110 PS (4.00 liters) and Opel Astra 1.0 with 105 PS (4.05 liters). The Mazda 3 Skyactiv-G with 122 hp and mild hybrid system (4.30 liters), the Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo VTEC (4.45 liters) and the Mercedes A 200 (4, 70 liters).

The four-wheel drive Subaru Levorg 2.0i (5.25 liters) and the Ford Focus Active 1.0 Ecoboost with 125 PS (also 5.25 liters) and the Fiat Tipo five-door 1.4 with 95 PS (5.80 liters) come behind our test candidate.

It should also be noted that the different fuel consumption of the two Mazda 3s is partly due to external factors. Because the Skyactiv-X was tested in winter, the Skyactiv-G in summer. The outside temperatures differed from each other, the Skyactiv-X had winter tires on it and was almost 50 kilos heavier.

Interestingly, the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X was also less economical than the Skyactiv-G on almost all of our other consumption trips. In traffic in Rome it needed 8.5 liters / 100 km, on the (Italian) motorway it was 6.6 liters.

That's not bad for a compact car. In daily mixed traffic in and out of town, consumption drops to 6.2 liters. Our fuel-saving drive at constant speed produced an impressive 4.2 liters. The Mazda also delivered a good performance in the test of the maximum consumption, which we determine uphill at high speed: 21.5 liters / 100 km is a very good value for a suction gasoline engine.


Vehicle: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X 2.0 M Hybrid
Test date: January 3, 2020
Weather: clear, 15 degrees
Total driven: 968 km
Average speed on the Rome-Forlì route: 81 km / h
Tires: Falken Eurowinter HS01 - 215/45 R18

Consumption and costs

On-board computer display: 4.8 liters / 100 km
Consumption determined at the petrol pump: 5.0 liters / 100 km
Average of these figures: 4.90 liters / 100 km
Fuel price: 1.40 euros / liter (Super E10)
Fuel costs: 6.86 euros / 100 km

And this is how we determine the consumption

If you ask a friend about the consumption of their car, they will likely give you a figure that does not claim to be scientific. Perhaps he has read the value from the on-board computer, or he has kept his fuel bills and calculated consumption from them. We determine our test consumption in a similar way: It is the mean of the on-board computer value and the consumption determined at the petrol station. The test cars are always driven by Fabio Gemelli from Motor1.com Italy. The journalist often travels from the editorial office in Rome to his home town of Forlì (in Emilia-Romagna) for the weekend. He deliberately drives the cars sparingly: He stays just below the maximum speed (on the Italian motorway: 130 km / h), avoids sudden acceleration and braking and drives with foresight. The test route Rome-Forlì is around 360 kilometers long and comprises 65 percent Superstrada (motorway-like expressway, speed limit between 90 and 110 km / h), 25 percent Autostrada (motorway, speed limit 130 km / h), five percent Strada Statale (federal road, speed limit 90 km / h) and five percent city traffic. The Apennines are crossed, so the route also contains gradients. The average speed is usually 70 to 80 km / h. At the end of the route, our tester notes the on-board computer display and calculates (for cars with a combustion engine) the consumption at the petrol pump. "From full to full" is measured, where full means: Refueling ends with the first click of the nozzle. Then Fabio calculates the mean. However, we calculate the costs based on the German prices (average costs according to ADAC at the time of publication). For electric cars, we use the on-board computer consumption and an average electricity price of 30 cents per kWh, which is in the range specified by the Federal Ministry of Economics. For natural gas and LPG vehicles, the average price is shown on www.gas-tankstellen.de.

Picture gallery: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X