Mazda’s CX-3 is a new addition to the subcompact-crossover segment that is growing every day. Lots of manufacturers have taken on this segment, with cars such as the Nissan Juke, Citroën C4 Cactus, and the MINI Countryman. The Mazda CX-3, however, is more than capable of clinching the top spot in this ever-growing market.
First things first, the CX-3 looks the part.
Reportedly, when its designs were first shown to management in Japan, they said only:
And so it was done.
With its muscular lines and pronounced grille, the CX-3 looks rugged enough, and unlike other models in the crossover segment, it doesn’t look like it’s awkwardly trying to bulge out of its shell.
The entry-level model gets by on 16-inch steel wheels, but the Sport Nav trim option’s 18-inch offering is the most appealing, and carries the car’s sporty chassis the best.
On the inside, Mazda have spared no expense. Even the entry-level model is extremely comfortable, with tasteful accents and luxurious materials.
The chrome strip across the dash and on the gearstick accentuates the interior design. The materials are high quality, regardless of trim. The contrasting stitching on the seats offers a sporty touch, and the suede-like seats are supremely comfortable.
The CX-3 is available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine with either 118 or 148bhp.
If you prefer diesel, there’s a 104bhp option with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a 6-speed automatic.
Economy is rated at 48mpg and 137g/km for the manual, 49mpg and 136g/km for the automatic.
The entry-level SE model boasts bags of goods, including Mazda connect infotainment system, 7-inch colour touchscreen, tyre pressure monitoring system, air conditioning and more.
Upgrade to SE Nav, and you can enjoy an upgraded sound system, and an integrated navigation system with 3 years’ free European maps.
The SE-L adds climate control, heated front seats, lane departure warning and autonomous braking.
At the top of the list, the Sport Nav offers full LED lights, 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and a BOSE sound system.
On top of all this, the Mazda CX-3 comes with i-ACTIVSENSE, which offers intelligent features to keep you safe, such as Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning.
Prices range from £17,595 to £24,695 for top spec options.