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2017 Mazda CX-3 Launch Review

2017 Mazda CX-3 Launch road test and review…

The Mazda CX-3 has been this year’s best selling small SUV and the maker is looking to continue that trend with the latest update to the Mazda CX-3.

Mazda Marketing Director Alistair Doak says their customer already like the design of the CX-3 so only refinement updates were needed and not wholesale changes.

Added to the package are a number of safety features including Mazda’s autonomous emergency braking system (Smart City Brake Support) as standard across the range making it a leader in its category.

Blind sport monitoring and rear cross traffic alert will be offered in the CX-3 Maxx upwards, traffic sign recognition and driver attention alert in the top two variants and lane departure warning in the top spec Akari.

Speaking of the Akari, RRP$31,490 can get you adaptive LED headlamps, front parking sensors, 10-way power adjusted driver’s seat with memory and heating functions.

Not to mention a new steering wheel design, folding mirrors in the Neo and Maxx, and a coloured driver display, heated auto folding mirrors and gun metallic 18” alloy wheels in the sTouring and Akari models.

These improvements mean a $500 increase to the base price of the CX-3 Maxx and Neo grades (pushing it beyond $20k).

And a $200 rise for the Akari is a reasonable change for the amount of added spec.

The Mazda CX-3 is offered in four spec grades and in front-wheel or all-wheel drive with Mazda deciding to stick with manual and diesel options despite the lack of popularity.

You can get into one starting from $20,490 for the petrol manual Neo. Prices for the AWD models begin at $26,890 (petrol auto Maxx) while the range tops out with the diesel Akari at $37,890.

Head here for more pricing details.

As it was, we only had the opportunity to test drive one variant at the official launch (the sTouring petrol in this case) but the drive is much the same as the previous model with no change to the drivetrain.

The 2.0L engine tends to be underpowered and has to work hard but should do the job for sensible city commuting.

Improvements have been made to the NVH, or noise and insulation, and while the cabin is quieter, most sound comes from engine noise when its worked overtime.

The entire range is now also fitted with G-Vectoring Control to help improve handling and balance though the SUV made the grade beforehand and hard to notice any subtle difference.

The Mazda CX-3 still possesses the same level of interior refinement with multi-tone upholstery on the dashboard and door elements.

Changes have been made the gauge graphics to make them simpler and clearer but I reckon the old design is cooler.

Body colours include a new blue mica option (pictured) among the seven other choices.

It beats me why the CX-3 still sports thick black fenders and side sills and should be body coloured in at least the top model Akari.

Still with these minor upgrades the Mazda CX-3 should please lovers of small SUVs with something for everyone and keep it at the top of its segment.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Mazda CX-3

Engine: 2.0L petrol producing 109kW and 192Nm

Or 1.5L diesel producing 77kW and 270Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic or manual

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Thailand

Price: from $20,490

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About Simon Lai 1423 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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