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Mazda CX-3

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The Mazda CX-3 is a compact SUV/crossover, the smallest in the Mazda SUV family. It was unveiled in late 2014 before going on sale in the UK in the summer of 2015. An updated model arrived in the summer of 2018.

The CX-3 has earned generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating of 66% (as of August 2021) that places it in the upper half of a very large and competitive sector – albeit some way behind the scores set by the class-leading Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Cross.

The Mazda CX-3 has received particular praise for its styling, driving dynamics and real-world fuel economy; however, it has been criticised for being more expensive than many rivals and for its relatively high emissions levels.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Mazda CX-3 ranked a very creditable 16th.

Key specifications

Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £19,395 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Summer 2018
Replacement due: TBA

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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: September 2015

85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

79%

CHILD OCCUPANT

84%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

64%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Mazda CX-3 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mazda CX-3 has received

2016

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Compact SUV

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