The CX-3 isn’t a particularly cost-effective option. It’s expensive to buy, for starters, particularly if you’ve gone for one of the higher-specification models.
Mazda expects most buyers to opt for a PCP scheme rather than buying the car outright but, even then, the CX-3 is still more costly than many rivals. It’s more expensive to insure, tax and service than many alternatives, although it holds its value adequately.
The diesel offers the lowest emissions and highest claimed economy of the range, so it’s likely to appeal to company car drivers the most. But don’t overlook the petrol models – especially if your annual mileage is quite low.
No version of the Mazda is VED-exempt, mind – although the costs aren’t outrageous.
In the CX-3's favour, it comes with a three-year fixed-price servicing scheme to help mitigate the high running costs elsewhere.