MAZDA

MAZDA CX-3 HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION 2.0 GT Sport Nav + 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2161 g/km

CXY 3

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Though hardly the most affordable choice in this sector, Mazda's CX-3 is cleverer, faster, more stylish and better to drive than most cars of the Juke-genre from the 2015-2019 period. But does it make sense as a used buy? Let's find out.

Models

5-door small SUV [1.5, 2.0 petrol]

History

Launched in 2015, the CX-3 was a model very much in tune with this Japanese brand's vision for the period of what automotive design should be - a so-called 'SKYACTIV' philosophy that was all about creating cars that were light, efficient, pretty and, above all else, fun to drive. In the metal, it looks an energetic little thing and from launch, Mazda promised us it would drive that way too. This was the first small Crossover to match the class-leadingly agile Nissan Juke in that respect. All of this was underlined by connectivity and cabin quality carried over from the little Mazda2 this model was based upon. From new, CX-3 ownership came with premium pricing and most original sales were of a petrol model with an engine much larger than buyers were used to seeing in this segment. The car sold until the end of 2019.

What You Get

All too often, Crossovers in this class look too gawky, stubby, tall and narrow, with strange, 'hall of mirrors' dimensions. In contrast, this CX-3 just looks right thanks to its cab-back body and long bonnet proportions. The overall effect is anything but cutesy and the coupe-like roofline gives it a real sporting stance. Behind the wheel, it's obvious just how much of this design is derived from the brand's little Mazda2 supermini. Everything around you is familiar from that little hatch but the key difference with this CX-3 is this Crossover model's 50mm-higher driver's eyeline, delivering the loftier driving position and better all-round visibility that customers in this segment expect. For us though, it's the seats that are most important here, height-adjustable of course and carefully designed for excellent support. In short, getting comfortable in this Mazda is as easy as you could ever imagine it would be in a car of this diminutive size. Once you've completed that process and taken a look around, there are a few things that'll stand out. First up is the deeply-cowled motorcycle-style central dial. The other defining interior feature lies not in what's included but in what's been left out. There's no centre stack dividing the front of the cabin - so no mid-mounted display screen or stereo system. That infotainment display has been re-sited onto the very top of the dash where it's placed more precisely into your field of vision. There's certainly a greater feeling of spaciousness than there would be in a Mazda2, courtesy of a bit of extra roof height (this car's 40mm taller than its supermini counterpart) and the fact that the seats have been placed further apart. Parents will find that makes turning round to their rear-seated offspring that little bit easier. Talking of a seat in the rear, well two adults will be certainly be fine here, thanks in part to the efforts made by the designers in creating the slimmer front seatbacks that feature concave sculpting that frees up space for your knees. If you need more room than that, then you probably need to try the brand's slightly larger CX-5. The same comment applies when it comes to cargo space. Lift the light tailgate and this CX-3's 350-litre boot is inevitably dwarfed by the 503-litre capacity offered by its larger stablemate, but that total is sufficient to match the modest standards set by the class leader, Nissan's Juke.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Almost all the Mazda CX-3 owners we surveyed seemed very happy with this model - which was encouraging. However, that doesn't mean there aren't things you'll need to look for. A few owners reported small niggles relating to non-engine electrics and centring on the sat-nav and the climate control. One owner with a diesel variant had constant problems with the diesel particulate filer/engine management light. Other than that, it's the usual things: insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Check the alloys for parking scuffs. And the interior for signs of child damage.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2016 Mazda CX-3 Skyactiv-G 120PS petrol - ex VAT) An air filter costs in the £14 bracket and a fuel filter costs in £14 bracket too. An oil filter costs in the £4 to £7 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £22 bracket for a set (though you can pay up to £77 for a pricier brand); for a rear set, it's £32-£50. Front brake discs sit in the £184 bracket. A radiator costs around £158, a front indicator lamp costs around £33, a rear lamp costs around £92 and wiper blades sit in the £2-£12 bracket.

On the Road

On the move, you'll find that Mazda's SKYACTIV chassis technology has made this car light and agile. As a result, it's as happy as a golden retriever puppy when the roads get twisty. The extra performance of the SKYATIV-G petrol engine lets you enjoy that to the full too. At 2.0-litres in size, offering a choice of either 120 or 150PS, it's a larger and more powerful unit than you might expect to find in a car of this size but the payoff is performance on another level from most rivals. The 105PS 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel we're trying here isn't quite as peppy but it's still energetic enough to allow you to enjoy yourself. The ride quality's quite firm, but refinement's good enough to make longer trips possible.

Overall

In its own way, this little CX-3 was just as pleasant a surprise as its larger CX5 Crossover stablemate. As with that model, this one matched the highest standards in the segment for driving dynamics. Plus with a CX-3, you get more performance than most rivals from this period can offer, so you can enjoy this car's joie de vivre to the full. Yes, there's a price to pay for all this attention to detail, one that may mean you having to stretch our budget a little further than you might have expected to for a car of this kind. We think this CX-3 is good enough to justify that though. It was a fashionably late entrant to the little Crossover class but undeniably, a very complete one.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch
  • Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable speed and intermittent wipe

  • Hill launch assist
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
  • G-Vectoring control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Emergency brake assist

  • CX-3 branded floor mats

  • Front and rear parking sensor with audible and visual warning
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Reversing camera
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Drive mode selector
  • Traffic sign recognition

  • Engine start/stop button

  • Digital speedometer
  • Navigation system
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Internet access with app integration
  • 7" touchscreen with multimedia commander and Aha and Stitcher app
  • Colour head up display
  • Colour active driving display

  • Electrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Bright silver door mirrors

  • i-stop

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Bose Premium Audio system with 7 speakers, AM/FM, DAB radio and single CD/MP3
  • 2 USB/aux input socket

  • Shark fin antenna
  • Matte silver front and rear bumpers under garnish
  • Brilliant black roof spoiler
  • Front bumper chrome garnish
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Front grille
  • Body colour door handles

  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • LED front fog lights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Dusk sensitive headlamps
  • LED rear signature combi lamps
  • LED indicator lights

  • Climate control air conditioning

  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Tonneau cover
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Passenger glovebox
  • Variable boot floor
  • Front centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Chrome door sill trims
  • Leather gear knob with silver insert
  • Gearshift paddles
  • 12V power outlet
  • Nappa leather upholstery with driver power and memory seat
  • Flexible cargo board
  • Black front knee pads with soft stitching
  • Inner chrome door handle and surround
  • White soft touch door panel inserts and dashboard panel
  • Grab handles front x 2, rear x 2 with integrated coat hooks

  • Interior courtesy light
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Front side airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Seatbelt reminder front and rear

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Electric driver's seat with memory

  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
  • Smart keyless entry

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors (drivers side with ticket holder)

  • 18" Silver alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 140
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 161

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.2
  • CC: 1998
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 39.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 51.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GT Sport Nav +
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 85798
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 64
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 21
  • Engine Power - BHP: 121
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.9
  • Top Speed: 116
  • Engine Power - KW: 89
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 152
  • Engine Torque - NM: 206
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2800

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1535
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4275
  • Width: 1765
  • Wheelbase: 2570

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1197
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Mica paint: £0
  • Special paint: Included

  • Metallic - Ceramic white: £0

  • Mica - Jet black: £0

  • Special paint - Soul red crystal: £0

  • Nappa leather - Red with white inserts + driver power seat and memory adjustment: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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