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Mazda CX-3 review

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You'll be hard pressed to find a better-looking small SUV than the Mazda CX-3. The Japanese manufacturer has designed a car that oozes class in a segment that has historically been a touch short on elegance. Yet in 2018, the CX-3 was still given a (very) light styling refresh to keep it contemporary, with some further changes made beneath the skin.

For a start, Mazda tweaked the CX-3's suspension, aiming to emulate the tidy handling and comfort of its bigger brother, the CX-5. Plus, to keep technophiles happy, it added up-to-date features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Meanwhile, the range continues to offer buyers plenty of choice, with two 2.0-litre petrol engines and a 1.8-litre diesel. A manual or automatic gearbox is available, and, to prove the CX-3’s not just a ‘soft-roader’, it’s one of the few small SUVs that can be ordered with four-wheel drive.

But should you choose a CX-3 over its talented rivals, which include the Citroën C3 AircrossRenault Captur and Seat Arona? And if you’re taken by it, which version should you plump for? Read on to find out all, and be sure to head over to New Car Buying for the latest and very best deals on any small SUV.

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Engines
There are 3 engines available for the CX-3 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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2.0 Skyactiv-G 121
The least powerful petrol delivers decent performance; 0-62mph for the manual version i...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual, Auto
0-62 MPH9 secs
MPG45.6-46.3
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1.8d
If you want the most easily accessible performance, choose the diesel. It’s slower than...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxManual
0-62 MPH9.9 secs
MPG64.2-64.2
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2.0 150 Auto AWD
We’re yet to try this 148bhp engine in the facelifted CX-3, but it’s basically the same...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxAuto, Manual
0-62 MPH8.8 secs
MPG40.4-42.2
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