Tall drivers will be pleased to find that there’s a decent amount of room in the front of the CX-3. It’s tighter than a Skoda Yeti, but you’re unlikely to need much more room.
There are a decent amount of storage points, too; you get door bins that’ll hold bottles, two cupholders, an adequately sized glovebox and some small storage trays – much like you would in the conventional hatchback on which the CX-3 is based.
Rivals are typically more practical, in terms of storage spaces, with larger trays or additional drawers in places, however. That said, the location of the USB ports and auxiliary connector just in front of the gearlever is neat and well thought out.
Access to the cabin itself is adequate, thanks to large doors that open quite wide.
Mazda CX-3 rear space
Limited room and a gloomy cabin
It’s with regards to rear room that the CX-3 really suffers when compared with its rivals. You can only really fit two adults in and, even then, they’ll find it quite cramped.
There’s little leg room, particularly if the front seats are slid back, and taller passengers will find themselves brushing against the ceiling.
If you’ve gone for the black interior trim, it’s also dark. This, in conjunction with the narrow windows, makes the rear of the Mazda’s cabin quite claustrophobic. Unlike a Yeti or a Vitara, this isn’t going to match a regular family hatch for practicality and interior space.
Mazda CX-3 seating flexibility
Rear seats split and fold to increase space
The CX-3’s rear seats just split and fold in a conventional fashion. They do fold almost flat, though, leaving a smooth but gradually sloping boot floor. The boot itself features a moveable floor that offers a storage area underneath, which is ideal for concealing more valuable items in when parked. It’s also good for stopping smaller items bouncing around in the boot.
Otherwise, there are no clever seating tricks – rivals such as the Skoda Yeti have far more flexible seats that can be rolled up altogether, or removed, to increase rear space. At least dropping the rear seats in the Mazda isn’t particularly tricky.
Mazda CX-3 boot space
Adequate storage space
The Mazda has quite a small boot, compared with some rivals’, but it should still be big enough for most daily requirements. It isn’t hard to get stuff into and out of it either, and the straight sides make loading bulky items easier than it would otherwise be.
There’s an underfloor storage area, which is useful for stowing valuables. The flexible cargo board that covers it also prevents there from being an awkward step between the boot floor and the rear seats when they’re folded down.
The rear seats split as well as fold, so you can retain some rear seating while increasing storage space.