When stepping into your car, it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come in the past 30 years in terms of performance, technology, and efficiency. With beautiful screens and incredible aerodynamics, the look of a modern car is likely to be the focus for the average person but engine output technology should not be overlooked due to its miraculous impact on the overall driving experience.

Once you can appreciate the technology behind the oomph, your driving experience will be undoubtedly enhanced.

Understanding Mazda SKYACTIV

When you think of Mazda, beautiful design, innovation and reliability are sure to be at the top of the list of words you associate with such a world-renowned car brand. For almost 100 years, Mazda has been delivering industry-leading automotive excellence, epitomised by their Zoom-Zoom slogan, which is meant to evoke the feeling of excitement, and driving pleasure that is associated with driving a Mazda vehicle.

When designing SKYACTIV, Mazda wanted to still have the excitement that the brand is known for, coupled with the efficiency that the global emissions target requires in the modern world.

SKYACTIV encompasses various components within the car such as the engine, transmission, chassis and body, all working together to achieve maximum efficiency and performance.

What are the Mazda SKYACTIV engines?

SKYACTIV covers a variety of engines in the Mazda range, with petrol, diesel and hybrid included in the offering. What makes a SKYACTIV engine unique is the compression ratio, special to Mazda. 


The G in SKYACTIV-G stands for gasoline, with it being Mazda’s fuel-efficient petrol engine. The engines incorporate high compression ratios found in diesel engines to improve fuel efficiency and performance.


A SKYACTIV-D engine incorporates a lower diesel compression ratio to deliver better performance and fuel economy that rivals that of the latest EVs. The SKYACTIV-D engines also incorporate a two-stage turbocharger system that delivers better performance at low RPM.


SKYACTIV-X is something of a combination of a traditional diesel and a traditional petrol engine, it does this thanks to a new technology called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). The initial spark is used to ignite only a small amount of dense fuel, with the engine compression and temperature being used to ignite the remaining fuel, reducing the drawbacks of incomplete combustion found in diesel engines.

What are the benefits of Mazda SKYACTIV?

Usually, when engines are built for fuel efficiency, they sacrifice power to achieve this, by either limiting them electronically or by physically reducing the engine size. With SKYACTIV, Mazda has made a fuel-efficient engine that doesn’t skimp on performance, with their 2.0 SKYACTIV X Mazda 3 producing a rather impression 183BHP with an advertised combined MPG of 53.

Other manufacturers have opted to introduce turbocharging onto their smaller engines in order to increase fuel efficiency, which introduces issues such as turbo lag, and also an extra failure point in the turbo. Mazda has avoided this by naturally aspirating their SKYACTIV-G and X models while not reducing the engine size.

Which Mazda models have SKYACTIV?

SKYACTIV is available across a wide range of vehicles in the Mazda range, with both large and small cars benefitting from better fuel efficiency and performance.

  • Mazda Mazda6
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda Mazda3
  • Mazda CX-4
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Mazda CX-8
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Mazda CX-50
  • Mazda CX-60
  • Mazda CX-60 PHEV
  • Mazda CX-90 PHEV

Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology is a massive leap forward for the fuel efficiency of Mazda’s car range. With impressive responsiveness, power and efficiency, the SKYACTIV range is a standout option for anyone looking for the ideal combination of a sporty weekend car and the perfect family vehicle. Get in touch today to find out more about your next Mazda.