Review: what does Mazda's high-tech SkyActiv-X engine offer in the real world?

Photos / David Linklater, supplied
Photos / David Linklater, supplied

Mazda3 Takami

$51,995

Price

224Nm

Torque

5.5L

Fuel Economy

132kW

Power

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Pros

  • World-first status appeals to tech-heads
  • Better driveability than sister SkyActiv-G engines
  • Takami kit takes pain out of price premium

Cons

  • Modest fuel economy gains over SkyActiv-G 2.0
  • Not quite as grunty as SkyActiv-G 2.5
  • Can be murky in mid-range
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