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Mazda CX-3 SUV: 2017 update

Mazda’s small CX- 3 SUV arrived a little over two years ago, it quickly became the top seller in its segment last year, and has maintained it this year, ahead of Mitsubishi’s ASX with Honda’s HR-V. Mazda has just updated the CX-3 with a number of new safety elements, improvements in ride and handling and a reduction in noise vibration and harshness levels.

Four grades in 2.0-litre petrol and three in 1.5 litre turbo-diesel, each with a choice of front or all-wheel- drive. The petrol’s in either six-speed manual or auto, the diesels in auto only.

The most popular CX-3 model is the petrol front-wheel- drive automatic Maxx – and when you look at the specification level you can understand why – at $24,890 including 16-inch alloys, 7-inch colour touch screen, sat-nav, a reversing camera and a digital radio. No visual changes in the update in a good looker with one downside – its short bob tail while visually appealing means luggage space is limited. And both the Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V have better storage – the upside however is any family buyer needing more luggage space invariably upgrade from the Mazda CX-3 to the larger CX-5. Welcome safety updates across all new CX- 3 models include Smart City Support both forward and reverse – applying the brake pedal if its senses a pending collision. Minor price rises across the range – the entry Neo manual rising $500 to $20,490 but the specification updates more than make up for it.

I’m David Berthon

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