Pricing and specs announced for Mazda CX-3

Mazda has officially announced pricing and specs for the new CX-3 compact crossover as part of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Due to go on sale in the UK on the 19th June, the first small SUV model from Mazda will be priced between £17,595 for the entry-level model and £24,695 for the range-topping CX-3.

Athletic design

Similar to the popular CX-5 but smaller, the new CX-3 features Mazda’s signature ‘wing’ grille and a design inspired by the manufacturer’s sweeping, athletic KODO design language.

Thanks to slicked-back A-pillars and a coupe-like profile, the Mazda CX-3 has a sporty stance on the road, but a ride height that’s 50mm taller than the Mazda2 gives the CX-3 much better road view.

Five trim levels are available, which include the basic SE, SE Nav and SE-L, alongside the SE-L Nav trim and finally the range-topping CX-3 Sport Nav model.

Even the SE comes with a generous amount of kit, with standard kit including 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, cruise control and a range of safety equipment, which includes a hill hold assist feature.

SE-L models get rear privacy glass and front LED fog lights, plus heated front seats, automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers in addition to extra safety and driver assistance systems.

Finally, the range-topping Sport Nav model is the first car in its class to come with LED headlights, while other premium features include 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and chrome accents.

Extra upholstery options are available on the Sport Nav trim, with buyers able to specify a choice of Stone leather for the front seats, while it also comes with a reversing camera to aid parking.

The all-new Mazda CX-3 also comes with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity with steering-mounted audio controls.

Extensive features and frugal engines

Nav models get sat-nav features, while the Sport Nav gets a Bose surround sound system and a sector-first Active Driving Display heads-up display system to beam driver information onto the windscreen.

The CX-3 also comes with a flexible cargo board boot floor, which can be lifted to provide a flat loading space with the rear seats folded, while the boot’s storage capacity is a spacious 350 litres.

Two engines are available with the CX-3, a 2.0-litre petrol engine available with outputs of 119bhp or 148bhp, plus a 104bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine.

All-wheel drive is available along with front-wheel drive only options, while buyers also have a choice of either a new SKYACTIV-Drive automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission.

The most efficient model will be the diesel engine with front-wheel drive, which Mazda claims can return as much as 70.6mpg with CO2 emissions of only 105g/km.