Mazda CX-3 2.0L Dynamic automatic
Mazda is back in SA in a big way, with overall sales increasing by over 60% year-on-year. Already their compact SUV, the MX-5, is a best seller and now its smaller sister the CX-3 joins the fray. Expect to see a lot of CX-3s on our roads too.
It looks different to its direct competition, the result of what Mazda called ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’. It is more crossover than SUV.
A highlight is the really very good body supporting, comfortable front seats. The best on a car I have tested the last year, at any price.
The interior is well thought out and has all the things you would want, especially the top two trim levels. The command controls for the audio and information system work well and are easy and quick to grasp. With just the right amount of soft and bright trim to make it pleasant and plenty of storage the cabin matches the promise of the outside. Two prams in the boot if you squeeze a bit.
The CX-3 crossover comes in three trim levels, manual or auto and with the excellent Mazda 2.0 skyactive petrol engine.
This gem of a crossover has sport mode which spices things up immediately. A 2,0 litre four cylinder engine has rarely sounded better. And it goes, due to its 115kW and 204Nm of torque; using as little as 6.5 litres of fuel every 100km. I got 6.9 Litres/100km on my usual route, which is very good. But beware the sport button.
Mazda have produced a sublimely smooth six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox which make the paddles almost superfluous. Working with the paddles in sport mode is fun but they are rarely really needed.
This Mazda feels good on the road. Needless to say it has all the safety and roadholding kit expected of a topnotch car.
I got the impression the car is well put together and should give many years of trouble free motoring. After 90 years of making cars Mazda should know a thing or two about making good cars.
For a second opinion about the first of the new Mazdas we have tested I asked my wife for her thoughts.
I really like the clean lines and profile of this car, it looks cheeky, playful and willing.
The doors feel nice and solid when you open and close them. The interior design is smart and straightforward, from the stitched leather look on the dash to the layout of the instrument panel. Everything is exactly where it should be; easy to control or change during your oh-so-smooth ride. The seats are extremely comfortable, the view is pretty good and I love the growl of the really willing engine.
Although a smaller car, the feeling is of space, especially for the driver.
The Mazda CX-3 2.0L Dynamic automatic is R310 700 as listed.
CX-3 prices range from R274 400 to R351 000.
A 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty, a 5-year Corrosion Warranty and a 3-year service plan is included.
This segment, the small crossover/ SUV, (or stationwagon to use its old name) is brimming with competition. From the funky to practical. Take a look at the Jeep Renegade and its sibling the FIAT 500X, the best selling Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Duster, Opel Mokka and the Nissan Juke.