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The Top Gear car review:Mazda CX-3

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


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


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…


Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 SE 5dr
9.0s 137g/km 47.9 120 £17,640
The cheapest
2.0 SE 5dr
9.0s 137g/km 47.9 120 £17,640
The greenest
1.5d SE 5dr
10.1s 105g/km 70.6 105 £19,200
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