The Mazda CX-3, a taller version of the Mazda 2, certainly looks the part with chunkier appearance and immaculate exterior complemented by a simple yet modern interior.
What impresses most with Mazda cars is the company’s KODO design language. On the CX-3, the language is expressed externally through short overhangs, powerful lines and striking proportions.
The CX-3’s bold face centres on the grille and extends through the chromed signature wings into the headlamps.
The rear combination lamps stretch from the body into the liftgate with a shape echoing the headlamps.
The Mazda CX-3 features a 16-inch aluminium wheels on the Active and Dynamic models and 18-inch aluminium wheels which feature five sets of double spokes with a machined outer finish that contrasts with the gunmetal grey metallic contour on the Individual model.
On the inside, the console is simply and elegantly made. It features a central LCD screen infotainment system and easy to access controls mounted on steering wheel.
The rear seats split 60/40 to allow for large or oddly shaped items. Folding down both creates a large, virtually flat-floored space.
The Mazda CX-3 adopts the full suite of SKYACTIV Technologies and has been carefully crafted to match human sensibilities in order to deliver performance that can be enjoyed without reservation.
What I like most about the car is the safety features. The collision protection is world-class, thanks to a highly rigid body integrating SRS airbags. A confident grasp on the road is supported by Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS).
An anti-lock braking system feature electronic brake-force and emergency brake assist boosts stopping power when emergency braking is sensed. An emergency stop signal triggers the hazard lights to warn following drivers should you brake suddenly from speed.
- Power: 115kW at 6000rpm
- Torque: 204Nm at 2800
- 0-100 km/h: N/A
- Top speed: 192km/h
- Fuel consumption: 6.1 litres/100km
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Fuel tank capacity: 48 litres
- Price: From R254 900
What we like about the car
- Good ground clearance
- Exceptional fuel economy
- Advanced audio system and sound quality
- Immaculate console
- Attractive styling
What we don’t like about the car
- Noisy at speed
- Cramped back seats
- Boot could be bigger
Out of five rating: 3/5