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Mazda CX-3 review

£22,480 - £26,460
Published: 02 Jun 2015
Mazda's small crossover is well-specced, good-looking and sweet-driving

Good stuff

Great-looking mini crossover that's not just a pretty face: it's got real substance

Bad stuff

Pity the interior quality lacks substance


What is it?

Mazda’s fashionable-but-late crack at a ‘compact crossover’ – the jacked-up, bluff-faced supermini idea that’s been a runaway success for the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka. So, it’s far from an original idea then, but there’s plenty of reasons not consequently to write the CX-3 off. 

First off, the crucial donor car is a good ’un – the CX-3 borrows the platform, engines and drivetrains from the terrific new Mazda 2 supermini. It’s also a handsome little tyke – much smarter-suited than the polarizing Juke or Ford’s dog-awful Ecosport rival. And in this sector, look count for everything. Big win from the off, Mazda – and the rest of it stands up to scrutiny too...

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What's the verdict?

Interior finish apart, the CX-3 is a winner. Straight to the top of the class.

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