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Mazda CX-3

The independent definitive Mazda CX-3 video review
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    CX AND THE CITY (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Mazda's dinky CX-3 is a compact urban small SUV that's been much improved. Jonathan Crouch reports.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 79

    Mazda's appealing little CX-3 was designed to condense all the best bits of the larger CX-5 into a smaller package. Now, it gets a smarter interior, updated technology and the option of a new 1.8-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine. As before, it comes in front or all-wheel drive, and is offered in a line-up primarily built around petrol power. It's also light and it's good looking, with a chunky equipment list and reasonable pricing. What more could you ask for?

    Backgroundword count: 182

    These days, if you're a car maker and design a supermini, then you really have to create a small Crossover from it too. You know, one of those small Nissan Juke-style models that offer extra attitude, a bit more usability, a higher ride height and something of an SUV feel. The market's full of them, this being Mazda's contender, the CX-3. Here's a model very much in tune with this Japanese brand's current vision for automotive design - it's so-called 'SKYACTIV' philosophy that's all about creating cars that are light, efficient, pretty and, above all else, fun to drive. In the metal, it looks an energetic little thing and over the years, we've found that it drives that way too thanks to willing SKYACTIV engines and light underpinnings that are carried over from the little Mazda2 this model's based upon. All this car really needed when it came to the mid-term wash 'n brush-up was a little extra safety and infotainment technology, plus a more class-competitive diesel option. All this features within the revised model range we're going to look at here.

    Driving Experienceword count: 275

    Like most crossovers in this class, the CX-3 is offered with a choice of front or all-wheel drive chassis, and petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engines comprise 121 or 150PS 2.0-litre units which together will account for most UK sales. Available in all trims, with both manual and automatic transmissions, the 120PS powerplant with front-wheel drive is sure to remain the most popular petrol variant. The 150PS petrol unit is mated to an all-wheel drive chassis and a six-speed manual gearbox in Sport Nav+ trim. The key change here is the replacement of the previous 105PS 1.5-litre diesel engine with a 1.8-litre 115PS unit that adopts rapid multi-stage combustion, with new egg-shaped pistons that combine with ultra-high response multi-hole piezo injectors to increase combustion efficiency. As before, the diesel CX-3 can only be had with 2WD and manual transmission. Mazda's SKYACTIV design ethos continues to be key across the line-up, stripping unnecessary weight out of the engines, body, chassis and transmissions. While this sometimes means that road noise is a little higher than some rivals, huge paybacks come in sharper handling, stronger braking, keener acceleration and better efficiency. We mentioned refinement. Mazda has tried to improve that with this revised model with upgraded door sill trims, thicker sound isolation in the doors, enhanced rear glazing and an increase in the cabin headliner thickness. To meet the required focus on the driver engagement you'd expect from Mazda, new coil springs and dampers have been fitted, while the front anti-roll bar has also been changed. Combined with a recalibration of the electric power steering, the end result is more consistent weight transfer and improved shock absorption.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    8.7

    11.9

    Combined mpg:

    44.1

    70.6

    Extra urban mpg:

    51.4

    74.3

    Height (mm):

    1535

    Length (mm):

    4275

    Max Speed (mph):

    107

    124

    ... and 5 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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