On the road with the Mazda CX3

Mazda CX3

Mazda CX3 The CX-3 is powered by Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D Diesel, four-cylinder in-line, DOHC, 16-valve engine that produces 105ps at 4000rpm and 270Nm at 1600-2500rpm.

0 to 62 mph is also dealt with in 10.1 sec – moving on to a Top speed of 110 mph.

The CX-3 official fuel economy figures from Mazda were; 70.6 mpg (combined) with a CO2 rating of 105 g/km (Euro Stage 6) although the best I could get was around 50mpg, but then I was not trying really to get near what Mazda say.

On the road:
I like the way the CX-3 handles the road – it feels very well balanced. Also, when the road gets twisty – it is more than capable of holding its own. The steering also feels light and you get a lot of feedback from the front wheels as to what the surface below you is doing. Also, when you hook all this up to its fantastic 6 speed gearbox – you can’t really go wrong – It’s no exaggeration for me to say that I think the CX-3 is the best crossover to drive on the road at the moment.

Design and Interior:
My test car was fitted with leather seating which lifts even the most boring cockpit – but no worries here as Mazda have made one of the best interiors I have seen so far this year. All the controls are right there when you need them and the dials/readouts are all clear and fresh looking.

Mazda CX3 The seats were also very hugging and the driving position was very good with plenty of room in the back for three adults – even people who are 6ft plus. Add in the CX-3s good size boot (287 litres / 1197 litres (5 seat mode / 2 seat mode) and you start to see how it all fits together.

Some of the standard features on the CX-3 SE/SE Nav; daytime running lights, coming home / leaving home lights, cruise control , 7″ colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander with AM / FM / DAB radio with 6 speakers, CD player, USB and iPod, driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control System.

To sum up: I like the CX-3 – I am now looking to replace my current Seat with dare I say it – a CX-3.

Standard car price (on-the-road) £21,895 By Anthony Yates

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