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Mazda CX-3 review – A crossover with the spirit of an MX-5? - Performance and 0-60 time

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

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

Quickest of the CX-3s is the 2-litre petrol in all-wheel drive format, which will find its way to 62mph in 8.7 seconds and eventually nudge 124mph.

Its weight penalty over the 2-litre, front-wheel drive model – a significant 80kg in Sport Nav trim – means the four-wheel drive car is only three tenths quicker to 62mph than its front-wheel drive equivalent in Sport Nav trim, while the front-driver’s top speed of 119mph is also close.

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The automatic-equipped front-drive petrol model lags behind both with a 9.9-second dash and 116mph top speed.  Of the diesels, it’s the heavier all-wheel drive automatic car that’s slowest, reaching 62mph in 11.9 seconds to the manual AWD’s 10.5sec and the front-drive manual’s 10.1. Both AWD models hit 107mph, 3mph slower than the front-driver.

In other words, no CX-3 will thrill on its performance alone – a similarly-sized Juke Nismo RS will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7-seconds flat and hit 137mph – but nor do the Mazda’s figures differ greatly from the class norm. As we’ll cover later, it’s also competitive in terms of economy.

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