Mazda CX-3 new car review

Mazda CX-3 new car review

Mazda CX-3 new car review

Mazda CX-3 new car review

 
Crossover models are enjoying booming sales thanks to their attractive blend of sporty looks and everyday practicality.
 
In our Mazda CX-3 new car review the smartly styled car scores highly on the visual front, with a genuinely distinctive look and a classy interior which helps it stand out among a horde of rivals in this very competitive sector.
 
CX-3 prices start from £17,795 with the top-spec versions up to £24,995. There are petrol and diesel versions and the 1.5 litre diesel model is a popular choice thanks to its excellent fuel economy. But those who put more emphasis on performance will go for a petrol version and my test model was a 2.0 litre petrol model with a zestful 120 hp under the bonnet.
 
It has a top speed of 119 mph and a nippy 0-60 mph time of 9 seconds, but don’t think that is going to mean massive fuel costs. This powerful yet efficient engine delivers a commendable 47.9 mpg combined.
 
The CX-3 is well equipped in all forms, each model having a seven-inch touchscreen, heated and powered door mirrors, DAB radio, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel and cruise control. My higher-spec mid-range Sport Nav test model added extra kit including sat-nav, as its name suggests! This version costs £20, 695.
 

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Mazda MX-5 new car review

Mazda MX-5 new car review

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 new car review

In addition to using test cars for daily domestic driving, I also use a circular route of around 80 miles of mixed roads which I use to help assess cars. And recently, something very strange happened.

Having completed the test route, I didn’t go indoors for my usual cup of tea. I immediately set off and drove the whole route again, just for pure pleasure of driving such a wonderful car. And that’s something I haven’t done for a very long time!

That car was the Mazda MX-5, and while you can’t say a lot about the space, comfort and practicality of a two-seater sports car, you can say a lot about its driving dynamics. And in the case of the MX-5, they are just brilliant.

The steering is pin-sharp, the gearshift slick, the chassis balance and suspension set-up keep the car glued to the tarmac, and the exhaust soundtrack is glorious. Continue reading