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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

 

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.