Mazda CX-3 Review

Mazda CX3

The Mazda CX-3 has won the ‘Best Compact SUV’ award at the annual Fleet News Awards; a hotly contested category that features the likes of the Citroën C4, Dacia Duster and Renault Captur.

Here, we’ll take a look at all the features that set it apart from its closest rivals, and uncover what makes the CX-3 an almost unbeatable option for families that want the versatility that comes with a class-leading compact SUV.


The Mazda CX-3 is turning heads wherever it goes, thanks largely to its sporty and dynamic design. The car’s solid-looking body comes complete with large alloy wheels that suggest speed and dynamism. This energy contrasts with the sleek upper cabin, which offers a sense of elegance that is unrivalled by any other vehicles in the Mazda’s class.

The design of the CX-3 is based on the ‘KODO: soul of motion’ brief, which underpins the construction of most modern Mazdas. This vehicle’s muscular stance alerts all who see it to the power that lies under the hood. On the road, the crisp lines and multiple customisation options enable you to stand out from the crowd and express your true character.
All of the Mazda CX-3’s design elements come together to create a striking presence for what, in reality, is a compact frame for a car.


The Mazda CX-3 has a spacious and comfortable interior, made with high quality materials and expert craftsmanship.
Intuitive features and an innovative design will make you feel like the car has been built around you. The meter dials, display and ‘Multimedia Commander’ controls are all optimally positioned to prevent you from getting distracted while on the road, and help to ensure comfort on even the longest of drives. The Mazda CX-3 also has an elevated seating position that’s ideal for driving, providing you with an enhanced level of visibility.

As with all Mazda models, the Mazda CX-3 features the ‘MZD-Connect’ infotainment system; an advanced solution that gives you fingertip control over your music, phone, Sat Nav, vehicle settings and most mobile apps. This is controlled by the Multimedia Commander, which can be accessed via the 7” colour touch-screen. This feature has been designed to make on-the-fly controls an absolute doddle, helping you to keep your eyes squarely on the tarmac.

The Mazda CX-3 offers flexible seating that can be adapted to accommodate a significant volume of luggage. The SE and SE-L models also feature a flexible cargo board that can be positioned at one of two different levels, depending on the intended usage. This means that any muddy outdoor sports equipment can be stowed cleanly and efficiently under the board, without covering your other luggage in dirt and grime.

On the road

This car is a dream to drive, with featherweight handling derived from innovative ‘SKYACTIV Technology’.

A practical and highly adaptable car, the Mazda CX-3 is at home in almost any situation. It’s small and light enough to be easily navigated around any urban jungle, with enough juice to eat up the miles on the motorways, and a rugged edge that makes it a born off-road survivor. When the powerful engine and All-Wheel drive system are working in combination, you’ll see that the Mazda CX-3 is truly something special.

The Mazda CX-3’s engine, body and chassis deliver uncompromising performance through responsive handling, strong grip and sporty dynamics. This gives you the opportunity to experience the fun side of driving, while also upholding high standards of control, comfort and fuel efficiency. In addition, advanced, intelligent safety features give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing both you and your family are as well protected as you can be.

Our verdict

This car ticks all the right boxes. It balances exquisite design with rugged durability; advanced tech and safety features with good old fashioned grit and horsepower. The KODO design is a winner, and will doubtlessly prove a benchmark for car aesthetics for many years to come. Whether you’re looking for a new ride for your family or your business, it would be foolish not to consider the innovative and instantly recognisable CX-3.

Get down to your local Perry’s dealer today to find out more about the Mazda CX-3 or any of our other new cars.