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Mazda CX-3 (2015 – 2021)

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Summary


The Mazda CX-3 is a compact SUV/crossover, and was sold in the UK from 2015 until 2021. It was the smallest in the Mazda SUV family, sitting underneather tha 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 earned generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media during its production life, with an overall Expert Rating of 66% at the time it came off sale. That ranked 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 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.

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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What Car?

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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 economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mazda CX-3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


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

2016

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Compact SUV

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Mazda CX-3 (2015 – 2021)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.