After many months of speculation and anticipation, the all new CX-3 was unveiled to the world with much excitement. Mazda wasted no time breaking into what was until just a few years ago a non-existent market: the compact crossover. Based on the platform of the Mazda 2 supermini but cleverly incorporating almost as much space as its big brother the Mazda CX-5, the CX-3 combines the best of both worlds.
It’s up against stiff competition. This is a market that may still be in its infancy, but it’s quickly become overcrowded as almost every mainstream manufacturer races to create a new compact crossover. So it was really quite an achievement for the CX-3 to be named Best Compact SUV at the Fleet News Awards earlier this year. Leading authorities in the automotive industry highlighted the CX-3’s style, pleasure to drive and competitive running costs, with the option for a AWD drivetrain an added bonus.
It’s great value for money too; an entry-level model comes in at a very reasonable £17,595. “We have one of the newest product ranges in the industry,” said Mazda UK Head of Fleet Steve Tomlinson. He’s not wrong; the CX-3 also represents a big technological achievement for Mazda. It combines market-leading safety systems with Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV technology to ensure maximum fuel efficiency and engine output. There’s a 1.5-litre diesel on offer for maximum fuel economy, or a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol unit producing up to 147bhp. Inside the cabin, though, is where the CX-3’s value for money becomes most apparent. The touchscreen multimedia system comes as standard across the range, while chrome and leather-feel trim give a feel of genuine quality.
As the motor show season draws to a close, the big marques continue to fall over themselves to make the first smash hit compact. This might be it