The Mazda3 claimed both the overall Car of the Year and the Family Car of the Year titles at the 2019 Scottish Car of the Year Awards.
In Scotland, the 28-model all-new Mazda3 range features hatchback and saloon body styles with a choice of two mild-hybrid equipped petrol engines.
Matched exclusively to front-wheel drive hatchbacks, the 122ps Skyactiv-G petrol engine features both Mazda M Hybrid and cylinder deactivation, while the award-winning 181ps Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Combustion Ignition (SPCCI) petrol engine is offered in both front and all-wheel-drive hatchbacks.
John Murdoch, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW), said, “The Mazda3 was a clear winner in our Family Car of the Year category and went on to be voted our overall Scottish Car of the Year. We selected the Mazda because it looks fantastic, drives brilliantly and rides superbly. It also provides premium cabin quality at a reasonable price and comes in two appealing body styles, saloon or hatchback”.
“On top of that, it features ground-breaking engine technology that offers strong performance with great economy, while it also comes with lots of kit and plenty of standard safety equipment. Most importantly, you simply won’t get tired of driving this car”.
The Mazda3 takes the overall Car of the Year title as the first car to be powered by the Skyactiv-X engine. This 2.0-litre four-cylinder 180ps engine features the highest compression ratio of any production petrol engine in the world and is also the first production petrol engine to exploit the benefits of compression ignition. Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine, its lean burn capabilities combined with the Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system offer outstanding fuel economy and low emissions.