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Power and Efficiency:

The CX-3 is powered by Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D Diesel, four-cylinder in-line, DOHC, 16-valve engine that produces 105ps at 4000rpm and 270Nm at 1600-2500rpm. 0 to 62 mph is also dealt with in 10.1 sec – moving on to a Top speed of 110 mph.

The CX-3 official fuel economy figures from Mazda were; 70.6 mpg (combined) with a CO2 rating of 105 g/km (Euro Stage 6) although the best I could get was around 50mpg, but then I was not trying really to get near what Mazda say.

On the road:

I like the way the CX-3 handles the road – it feels very well balanced. Also, when the road gets twisty – it is more than capable of holding its own. The steering also feels light and you get a lot of feedback from the front wheels as to what the surface below you is doing. Also, when you hook all this up to its fantastic 6 speed gearbox – you can’t really go wrong – It’s no exaggeration for me to say that I think the CX-3 is the best crossover to drive on the road at the moment.

Design and Interior:

My test car was fitted with leather seating which lifts even the most boring cockpit – but no worries here as Mazda have made one of the best interiors I have seen so far this year. All the controls are right there when you need them and the dials/readouts are all clear and fresh looking.

The seats were also very hugging and the driving position was very good with plenty of room in the back for three adults – even people who are 6ft plus. Add in the CX-3s good size boot (287 litres / 1197 litres (5 seat mode / 2 seat mode) and you start to see how it all fits together.

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Technology:

Some of the standard features on the CX-3 SE/SE Nav; daytime running lights, coming home / leaving home lights, cruise control , 7″ colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander with AM / FM / DAB radio with 6 speakers, CD player, USB and iPod, driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control System.

To sum up: I like the CX-3 – I am now looking to replace my current Seat with dare I say it – a CX-3.

Standard car price (on-the-road) £21,895