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Deal of the Day: Mazda CX-3

Save more than Β£3500 off the list price of a Mazda CX-3 1.5 SkyActiv-D SE Nav

Words ByJimi Beckwith

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Seat has confirmed that it will produce a small crossover to rival the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke next year.

If you can’t wait that long, we found a large saving to be made on the Mazda CX-3, one of the cars which the upcoming Seat crossover will compete against in the ever-more-crowded crossover segment.

For

The CX-3’s cabin is far superior to that of the Nissan Juke, with a clear and user-friendly infotainment touchscreen mounted centrally on the dashboard.

Mazda’s Renault Captur rival also drives well, with a more grown-up feel than many rivals.

Equipment on offer is also impressive, with DAB, Bluetooth, air-con, alloy wheels and heated, electrically folding door mirrors as standard, as well as sat-nav in the version on offer.

Against

The CX-3 isn’t quite as refined as we’d like under pressure – when worked hard the engine’s audible complaints leak into the cabin, although it’s quieter at a cruise.

You pay for what you get with the CX-3; its price range starts almost Β£4000 above the Nissan Juke, so if you’re on a budget the Nissan offers more for your money, although achieves a far lower rating from our testers.

Should I add any options?

The price point of the CX-3, along with the high level of equipment on offer, means that you should enjoy the saving, rather than use it up on optional extras.

What are its rivals?

The Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Ford Ecosport all occupy the same market as the CX-3, but trail behind its four-star rating with two, three and two-star ratings respectively.

The car Mazda CX-3 1.5 SkyActiv-D SE Nav
The saving Β£3528
The list price Β£19,595
The discounted price Β£16,066
The online broker drivethedeal.com