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Mazda CX-3 (2015 to 2021)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

94
%
A

Running Costs:

79
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

53
%
D

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

94
%
A

Running Costs:

79
%
A

Summary


The Mazda CX-3 was a compact SUV/crossover, and was sold in the UK from 2015 until 2021. It was the smallest in the Mazda SUV family, sitting underneath the larger CX-30.

The CX-3 was 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, and was then largely unchanged until it was taken off sale in 2021.

The Mazda CX-3 received plenty of praise for its styling, driving dynamics and real-world fuel economy; however, it was criticised for being more expensive than many rivals, with 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.

The CX-3 was discontinued in Europe in 2021 with no replacement planned. The larger CX-30 therefore becomes the smallest SUV in the Mazda family.

As of May 2024, the Mazda CX-30 has an excellent Used Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It scores top marks for its excellent reliability record and low running costs, while its CO2 emissions are also low. However, its media review scores were only average and its safety rating (now expired) is well off the pace of new models from Mazda and other brands.

Key specifications


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

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Summer 2018
Discontinued: Autumn 2021


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: September 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 85%
Child protection: 79%
Vulnerable road users: 84%
Safety assist: 64%

Notes on safety rating

The Mazda CX-3 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a four-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

Although the rating has now expired, the score is still useful if you are comparing a used CX-3 to vehicles of similar age – whose ratings will have probably also expired.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mazda CX-3 was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of May 2024, the Mazda CX-3 has an excellent reliability record of 83%, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

The only caveat is that the data comes from a limited number of cars at this time. We’ll keep updating this information as MotorEasy collects more data from CX-3 owners.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models160 g/kmC141 – 181 g/kmB – C
Diesel models138 g/kmB138 – 138 g/kmB – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models17A15 – 18A – A

The Mazda CX-3 is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data. However, we have limited information available due to the age of the CX-3 (launched in 2015, discontinued in 2022).

Insurance costs should be particularly competitive, while CO2 emissions are about average.

Awards


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

2016

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Compact SUV

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The Mazda CX-3 has earned generally positive media reviews, with an overall Expert Rating that puts it in the top half of the small SUV class.Mazda CX-3 (2015 to 2021)