BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Advertisement feature
View the latest news


What should I be paying?

Prices start at £18,615 for the entry-level Centre-Line trim, which comes as standard with 15in alloys, black cloth seats, air conditioning, adjustable cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors. Honestly, what more could you really want?

Homura is next up and adds 16in alloys, red interior accents, black mirrors and a black grille, as well as a reversing camera; Exclusive-Line follows with auto-folding mirrors, fancier headlights, a chrome-tipped exhaust, rear privacy glass and keyless entry.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Finally the top-sec Homura Aka gets black 16s, a semi-leather interior, a honeycomb grille, plus a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. Exactly the kind of thing that’ll be worth its worth in gold in the depths of winter.

The base-spec trim is your entry-point for the 89bhp mild-hybrid engine for £19,515, from which Homura grade is a mere £400 jump. Exclusive-Line opens up the slower, less efficient, not as green, non-hybrid version of the 89bhp (nope, we don’t get it either) for £21,890.

Homura Aka is your only route into the 113bhp engine, and given it’s the only one we could live with, seems a little steep at £23,835.

If you can stretch to that one and stick £5k down as a deposit, you can unlock repayments of less than £300 a month at 4.9 per cent APR through Mazda’s own finance scheme.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Monthly payments in base-spec SE-L trim start at around £185, rising to £200 in SE-L Nav, £215 in GT-Sport, or £230 in top-of-the-range GT Sport Tech trim, on a three-year agreement with a six-month initial payment.  

Our choice? If your budget allows, the most powerful variant of the 1.5-litre engine will be the easiest to live with, especially if you’re likely to do significant amounts of time on faster roads. In which case the top-spec model is your only option.

More of a local driver? The mid-range engine will do, and the entry-level spec has most of the kit you’re ever likely to really need. Just be prepared to rag it on the motorway slip road…

Emissions range from 107 to 122g/km, with the mild hybrids slightly better off in that regard. So your first-year car tax rate will be £165 or 185.

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

BBC TopGear

Try BBC Top Gear Magazine