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Car Review

Mazda CX-3

£ 22,480 - £ 26,460
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Published: 02 Jun 2015
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

The CX-3 drives like a heavier Mazda 2. It's not quite as agile, but the steering's pleasing weightiness, the gearshift's brilliantly slick action and the obedient turn-in have all survived the supermini-to-crossover growth spurt intact. It's easily as entertaining as a Juke, but the Mazda's superior seats and multi-adjustable steering column means more drivers will be more comfortable - more 'in' rather than 'on' the chassis.

The pay-off for genuinely gratifying dynamics is the firm ride. It's well controlled and far from uncomfortable, but even on the smaller 16-inch alloys, the CX-3 will be too stiff for some. The non-turbo petrol engines are torque-lite too, so be prepared to rummage around that gearbox (or spec the duller but brawnier 103bhp) for traffic-dodging urgency.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Mazda CX-3 2.0 150 Sport Nav + 5dr AWD [Safety Pack]
  • 0-628.8s
  • CO2160.0g/km
  • BHP150
  • MPG40.4
  • Price£ 24,260

the cheapest

Mazda CX-3 2.0 Sport Nav + 5dr [Safety Pack]
  • 0-629s
  • CO2141.0g/km
  • BHP121
  • MPG45.6
  • Price£ 22,480

the greenest

Mazda CX-3 2.0 GT Sport Nav + 5dr Auto
  • 0-629.9s
  • CO2140.0g/km
  • BHP121
  • MPG46.3
  • Price£ 24,830
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