A compact crossover SUV based on the frame of the Mazda 2 supermini, the CX-3 is a vehicle offering outstanding style, visibility, space and refinement, as well as the full gamut of the manufacturer's SKYACTIV technologies.
Both petrol and diesel engines are available to buyers, who are presented with a choice of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engine in 120PS or 150PS versions or the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 litre, 105PS diesel. Each engine in the range will offer outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions compared to its competitors, with the diesel unit achieving CO2 output of under 100g/km – exempting owners from Vehicle Excise Duty.
Each trim level will give drivers the option of four-wheel drive capability, enhancing the car's already enviable stability and making it particularly useful for drivers who encounter off-road driving (as well as bad weather and/or poor road surfaces). More highly-specified editions feature stitched and padded vinyl detailing on the dashboard, door inserts and centre console, as well as a larger array of driver-convenience technology and 18" alloy wheels.
With its precisely geared six-speed automatic transmission, the light and compact Mazda CX-3 will have little problem getting up to speed on all types of road. The 1.5 litre diesel model in particular, with its considerable maximum torque of 270Nm at 1600-2500rpm, offers considerable punch.
The “floating" 7" touchscreen, mounted on top of the dashboard, is available on most trim levels. Its MZD Connect interface allows the driver to access a variety of functions; in addition to important information, occupants can use the internet, audio streaming and Bluetooth connectivity for their desired purpose.
The vast tensile strength of its steel structure and an abundance of airbags ensures that the CX-3 will provide the best possible protection to its occupants in the event of an accident. As well as ABS brakes and Electronic Stability Control, certain versions include the i-ACTIVSENSE suite of active safety features, such as Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Radar-Based Collision Warning.
Set to be one of the most acclaimed compact crossover SUVs of 2015, the Mazda CX-3 will soon be available to order from the Johnsons Mazda showrooms in Oxford, Swindon and Solihull. Get in touch with your nearest dealership for more information about this exciting new model, as well as possible financing or special offers.