The new Mazda CX-3 has made its European debut at the renowned 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Then car made its bow this week and looks set to go head to head with the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka in a battle for supremacy. The CX-3 is Mazda’s attempt to capitalise on one of the emerging car markets in recent years, the compact SUV. The car will be available in four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
It is set to take the UK by storm when it hits the market this summer. A tiny, shiny SUV, the Mazda CX-3 is dripping with personality and swagger. It just might prove to be the feel-good car of this summer.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different this might be the perfect vehicle for you. You could even pop over to Motorline Direct and pick yourself up a used Mazda to try out. This way when the CX-3 goes on sale you’ll know what to expect!
So let’s have a look at the specifications and find out whether this is a worthy addition to the compact SUV market. The Mazda CX-3 is the fifth-generation model of Mazda car to feature the company’s stunning Kodo design. Besides this, it also features Mazda’s pioneering SkyActiv technology. This is a series of technologies that Mazda uses to increase the engine output and fuel efficiency of its cars. SkyActiv debuted in 2011, and the CX-3 sees the technology further enhanced and updated.
In terms of the engine, it will depend on whether you go for two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The two-wheel model will give you a 1.5 litre engine with 104 brake horsepower and low emissions. The four-wheel drive model will offer a choice of two 2.0 litre engines. Most of the regular models will offer 118 brake horsepower. While top models with an automatic gearbox will offer 148 brake horsepower!
You’ll find the CX-3 to be reasonably priced, with the two-wheel drive models costing a little north of £17,500. The four-wheel drive models are, of course, more expensive. The top end high spec models will set you back a little over £25,000. Still great value when you consider how great the car looks and Mazda’s penchant for safety and handling.
Speaking of safety, there’s plenty of it on show here. The CX-3’s lightweight bodywork allows the use of a lot of passive and active technologies. There are plenty of airbags, a Hill Hold Assist programme and a tyre pressure monitoring system. If this isn’t enough to satisfy you, there’s also Dynamic Stability Control. And even a Lane Departure Warning System for the sports models.
You’ll be impressed by the look and design of this car. Mazda have pulled out all the stops to make sure it looks as sleek and sophisticated as possible. And they’ve done a fine job. The styling is tremendous, and it looks nowhere near as clumsy or clumpy as a Jeep.
The attractive look complements the attractive ride that this lovely vehicle offers. It’s powerful, but not too powerful. Fast but not too fast. It’s everything you could want in a compact SUV, and then some. It steers well and offers a comfortable drive over even treacherous roads. It’s consistent, stable and handles well. And best of all, it’s difficult to find any kind of fault with it whatsoever.
Make sure you beat the cues this June, and go and get your hands on the car that’s sure to take a leading position in the compact SUV market.