Mazda CX-3 review – A crossover with the spirit of an MX-5? - Design

High pricing may deter some, but the CX-3 is appealing to both drive and to behold

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from £17,595
  • Good dynamics; frugal; most stylish car in its class
  • Steering lacks involvement; quite expensive

We’re abundantly aware that crossover vehicles are not on the dream garage list of many evo readers, but it’s hard not to appreciate the efforts Mazda has gone to in order to make one that’s actually quite attractive.

Mazda’s current Kodo design language works almost as well here as it does on the sleek 6 saloon or the pert MX-5, and while a crossover’s proportions will never be particularly flattering, the CX-3 has a nicely-balanced shape and neat detailing.

It’s colour-sensitive – the vibrant Soul Red (as pictured) and Dynamic Blue work best with the swooping lines to our eyes, while whites and silvers are a little bland.

In higher trim levels the CX-3 does a good impression of a premium product though, just as it does inside, with intricate headlight and tail-light details and considered use of chrome and gloss black elements.  The CX-3 might be priced towards the upper end of the compact crossover class, but it backs it up both inside and out.

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