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Updated Mazda CX-3 fends off younger competition with newfound refinement, maturity
24 Jun 2019
FASHION over function accurately describes many small SUVs as they often suffer numerous compromises when compared with similarly priced hatchbacks.
The best-seller, Mitsubishi’s ASX, is arguably one of the more practical options and is keenly priced at entry level but is old and feels it. A Hyundai Kona looks like a cramped, poor-value alternative to an i30 and a Subaru XV provides heaps of legroom but an inexplicably small boot considering how closely it is based on the suitcase-swallowing Impreza.
Mazda’s immensely popular CX-3 certainly puts style before spaciousness and the latest update is no different. But this mid-life facelift has wrought meaningful improvements to ride, refinement and quietness that almost achieve big car levels of maturity to go with the classier cabin and higher levels of on-board tech.
Model release date: 1 August 2018
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