The Mazda brand is in rude health in the UK right now due to its popular and diverse range of SKYACTIV models. The manufacturer’s recent decision to introduce the CX-3 – Mazda’s first foray into the compact SUV market – has proved an excellent response to demand and provided UK motorists with a top-notch vehicle.
There are over a dozen models available and, with five different trim levels ranging in price from £17,595 to £24,695, Mazda has gone head-to-head with rivals such as Renault, Mini and Nissan in this category - and is clearly holding its own right now!
With its instantly recognisable “wing” front grille and shaped bonnet, the CX-3 is a stylish vehicle which echoes the familiar “Kodo” design seen on the larger CX-5. While the cabin is uncluttered and has sufficient room for four adults to travel comfortably, the most noticeable thing about the interior is the high quality build specification which suggests Mazda’s desire to attack the premium end of this market. The dash instruments are cool and modern, and ooze plenty of style, even in the lower range models.
Safety has always been a key focus for Mazda and the equipment in the CX-3 includes all the safety features you expect in a car (airbags, traction control, hill-hold assist) and some you don’t (lane departure warning and smart city braking). The CX-3 also packs a punch when out on the road: 60 mph is achievable in just over eight seconds and the vehicle has a top speed of 124 mph, which ensures an even ride on those motorway runs. Equally, the responsiveness of the SUV is similar to the excellent handling on the Mazda Supermini. With one eye as ever on fuel economy, Mazda has managed to keep the CX-3 at 44 mpg (combined) with emissions of only 150 g/km.
It’s probably fair to say the CX-3 has a little less cabin space and cargo room than its competitors. But the car’s good looks, responsive handling and fuel economy are more than making up for a slight lack of elbow room!
See for yourself what the new Mazda CX-3 has to offer, visit the MKG3000 showroom in Twickenham, London.