Good looking, well equipped, and featuring an easy-to-use infotainment system, the Mazda CX-3 is not without its charms. However, the naturally aspirated petrol engines feel weak compared to their turbocharged rivals, and the CX-3 isn't particularly refined at speed. Meanwhile, there are more practical small SUVs to choose from in terms of rear seat and boot space.read the full model review
We are yet to try out this variant
The least powerful petrol delivers decent performance; 0-62mph for the manual version is a respectable 9.0sec. But it will only provide that kind of pace if you’re willing to rev the bejesus out of it; there’s no turbocharger, you see, and if the revs drop below 2500rpm, especially in higher gears, it’s about as accelerative as a somnolent slug. Despite having half its capacity, the turbocharged Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 115 has more low-end surge. Still, keep the CX-3's revs above that region and there’s reasonable pick-up for keeping with the flow of motorway traffic, and take cost into account and this is our pick over the 1.8-litre diesel.