Mazda 6 Skyactiv - (c) Mazda

Friday Focus: Mazda Skyactiv technology

With the full reveal of the all-new Mazda 2 this week, bringing incredible levels of technology to the supermini sector in the form of “Skyactiv” advancements from the Japanese firm, what better was to announce the arrival of a new game-chaning small car than with a Friday Focus on the new tech as part of Mazda’s Skyactiv approach to building cars.

In its most basic form, Skyactiv technology is making Mazda’s car safer, stronger, more efficient, better performing and more fun to drive. But how can one thing deliver all these points at once? Easy…

IMPROVED SAFETY

Safety is a major concern for many buyers. Skyactiv delivers this, plain and simple.

The Mazda CX5, Mazda 6 saloon and estate, and the all-new Mazda 3 use high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels in the chassis to ensure as much energy is absorbed and dissipated around the passenger cell in a crash. This is passive safety at its finest.

Combined with the firm’s latest Smart City Brake Support autonomous braking system – which can sense a slow moving or stationary object in front of you and actively apply the brakes to reduce the impacts of or avoid a crash all together – it means all of Mazda’s new Skyativ vehicles achieve a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Mazda 6 Skyactiv chassis (c) Mazda

DRIVING ENJOYMENT

Lightweight, strong construction means excellent safety credentials, but it also means that Mazda’s latest range of products are superbly fun and engaging to drive.

A rigid body shell allows the suspension to do its job better, meaning the wheels can stay in contact with the road for longer, giving you more grip and feedback.

The way the Mazda CX5 and Mazda 6 handle defies belief – you really have to try them for yourself to witness how a spacious and practical crossover 4×4 and a large family saloon or estate car can corner with such poise and agility.

In general, it’s 8% lighter and 30% stiffer than before, meaning the vehicles change direction better, offering more driving enjoyment, but the ride is also much improved, giving you plenty of comfort on the cruise. And just as low weight and strength improves safety and involvement behind the wheel, there’s yet another plus point…

INCREASED EFFICIENCY

…better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, meaning cheaper running costs.

In combination with Mazda’s frugal but punchy 150hp and 175hp 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engines and the 165hp 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol, fuel economy is astonishing.

The Mazda CX5 delivers a best in class fuel economy of 61.4mpg combined with just 119g/km CO2 emissions, meaning it’ll cost only £30 road tax per year.

The story is even better fore the Mazda 6. The 150hp diesel will return an astonishing 67.3mpg combined and emits just 108g/km CO2, meaning it costs only £20 per year to tax. Both cars better many so-called eco family cars, and the new Mazda 3 (which will be lighter but powered by the same range of engines) is sure to better that.

Mazda Skyactiv chassis (c) Mazda

AMAZING PERFORMANCE

There’s a pattern emerging here. Lightweight, stiff construction employed by the Skyactiv philosophy to building cars betters Mazda’s vehicles in every area – and when it comes to performance, it’s no different.

The Mazda 6, for example, will sprint to 62mph from rest in 9.0 seconds flat – that’s just 0.7 seconds slower than a smaller Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG Sport petrol A-Class with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Impressive indeed.

The Mazda offers miles more practicality and versatility, too.

Mazda Skyactiv-D engine (c) Mazda

EXCELLENT PACKAGING

In redesigning its vehicle’s underpinnings, Mazda has massively improved passenger and boot space inside its range of Skyactiv cars.

Take the new Mazda 6 Tourer – there’s a whopping 1,648 litres of luggage capacity with the seats folded away, but ample room for five adults inside the stylish body with them up. You’d still get all their luggage in, with 506 litres on offer anyway.

So, now you know how Mazda’s Skyactiv approach is sending its cars to the top of the class. Next in line is the Mazda 3, and it’s sure to be a resounding success.

In the meantime, why not try one of Mazda’s Skyactiv cars for yourself and see and feel the technology at work beneath you. Drop into our dedicated Mazda showrooms at Bookham, Surrey and Orpington Kent for a test drive, or to arrange an appointment, call our sales team on 0844 539 6753.