Engine Mazda SkyActiv-G 1.5

Engine Mazda SkyActiv-G 1.5

The 1.5-liter Mazda P5-VPS or SkyActiv-G 1.5 gasoline engine has been produced at the plant in Japan since 2013 and is installed on the company’s most compact models under the indexes 2 or Demio and 3 or Axela. There is a modification of this motor with the P5-VP index for the rear-wheel drive model MX-5.

The Mazda SkyActiv 1.5 engine is a relatively new engine from the Skyactive series, which replaced the MZR in general, and the 1.5 liter, in particular, replaces the outdated 1.6 Z6. SkyActiv 1.5L is presented in two versions, with a compression ratio of 13 and a power of 100 hp and with a compression ratio of 14 and a power of 120 hp. In both versions, the engine has direct fuel injection and a variable valve timing system on the intake and outlet shafts Dual S-VT. This is an engine with a lightweight connecting rod and piston group, pistons with a special shape for maximum optimization of the combustion process and reducing the possibility of detonation.

The Skyactiv-G family also includes engines: PE‑VPS and PY‑VPS.

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 2 DJ since 2014;
  • Mazda 3 BM in 2013 – 2019;
  • Mazda 3 BP since 2018.


Production years since 2013
Displacement, cc 1496
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 100 – 120
Torque output, Nm 140 – 150
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74.5
Piston stroke, mm 85.8
Compression ratio 13-14
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual S-VT
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 0W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 3 2017)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000

Disadvantages of the P5-VPS engine

  • This engine is demanding on the quality of gasoline, injectors are constantly clogged in it;
  • Also, bad fuel often disables ignition coils;
  • Lubricant consumption appears from the first kilometers, but it does not increase much with mileage;
  • Due to the wear of the plastic tension roller, the ribbed belt may burst;
  • Often there are small oil leaks in the area of the front cover of the engine.

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