2015 Mazda CX-3 - full pricing, specs, engines and on-sale date
Mazda's new small SUV has made its European debut at the Geneva motor show and will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka...
This is the new Mazda CX-3, a new baby SUV that's designed to appeal to buyers of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.
What is it?
The CX-3 is based on the newly launched 2, but it's longer and slightly taller. It sits on the same wheelbase, though, so cabin space should be roughly the same as in the regular supermini.
The styling mixes elements from the 2 - including the large front grille and complex surface creases along the side - with cues from the larger CX-5, such as the black plastic wheelarch surrounds. Mazda's designers say those items are intended to make the wheels look larger.
The front cabin looks familiar to that in the latest-generation 2; there's a slim coloured strip across the centre of the fascia, but that aside, it's mostly swathes of grey plastic. There's also a large central touchscreen, which is mounted high up on the dashboard and is also controlled by a dial between the front seats.
The set-up can offer sat-nav and a range of apps that make use of your smartphone's data connection.
What engines can I choose from?
The 2.0-litre petrol engine has a choice of 118bhp or 148bhp, while the diesel is the same 104bhp motor that you get in the 2.
All engines get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but a six-speed automatic is available as an option.
The CX-3 gets Mazda's SkyActive lightweight construction, so the most efficient model - the diesel manual - emits 105g/km of CO2.
How much equipment does it come with?
Five trim levels are available: SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav.
Entry-level SE trim comes with 16in alloys and heated and electric folding wing mirrors. SE-L adds rear privacy glass, front LED fog lights, heated seats, automatic wipers and a rear parking sensors.
Range-topping Sport Nav comes with LED headlights, LED rear lights, 18in alloys and chrome door sills. It also adds an upgraded Bose stereo, keyless entry, a reversing camera and a head-up display.
The shared components with the 2 also allow Mazda to fit the CX-3 with that car's latest safety equipment. Blind spot monitoring is offered, along with city emergency braking and a lane departure warning system.
The interior features a 7.0in colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The 60:40 split folding rear seats can tumble forward to increase the load capacity in the 350-litre boot.
How much will it cost?
The CX-3 will go on sale in the UK on 19 June, with prices starting at £17,595 for the entry level 2WD petrol engine in manual guise with SE trim, rising to £22,495 for the AWD 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine with a manual gearbox in Sport Nav trim.
For the diesels, you’ll pay £18,995 for a 2WD CX-3 in SE trim, and prices rise to £24,695 for the AWD Sport Nav CX-3 with an automatic gearbox.
Can I get a discount?
Discounts of around 5% are available on the larger Mazda CX-5, and we’d expect similar reductions to be available on the CX-3 once initial demand has been satisfied.
How good are its rivals?
The small SUV segment is a booming one, but there are surprisingly few genuinely good cars in the class. We rate the four-star Renault Captur as the best of the current crop, but avoid the likes of the two-star Vauxhall Mokka and Mini Countryman.
Anything else I should know?
In an unusual move for a small SUV, the CX-3 is available with a choice of front- or four-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring - in effect, the same traction control system that's fitted to the CX-5 - and is available with all engine and gearbox combinations apart from the diesel automatic.
Mazda sources expect four-wheel-drive editions to account for a small percentage of UK sales, however.
The CX-3 on the LA motor show stand:
Watch the video preview for the Mazda CX-3 from our sister publication, Autocar: