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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mazda CX-3 - 13th report

Date: 11 March 2016   |   Author: Tony Rock

Equipment: 6 airbags, satnav, DAB radio, auto lights and wipers, climate control, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors, cruise control, city brake system, lane departure warning
Options: Ceramic metallic paint (£540)

Go way, way back to our opening report on the CX-3 - which can be found here - and you'll read that one observation we made about the Mazda was that the cabin was well laid out.

Having spent several months with the car now, that opinion hasn't changed. The switchgear for the likes of the multimedia system, climate control and speed limiter are all within easy reach, and activation of those functions likely to be used most frequently on a journey are a one-button press away, whether it be on the steering wheel or via the Multimedia Commander rotary control located between the front seats.

The car also has that Goldilocks quality: namely, not too many buttons to make you feel as if you're in an airline cockpit, but not too few that you have to navigate through layers of sub-menus to adjust the simplest of controls.

Not only that, but in SE-L Nav trim, I've definitely got all the technology I need in a vehicle, such as satellite navigation and USB ports for my iPod. It's a simple, easy-to-use, fuss-free environment, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Mazda CX-3 1.5D SE-L

Mileage 17,749
P11D price £20,490
Forecast/actual cost per mile 44.3p/45.0p
Our average consumption 54.6mpg
Official combined consumption 70.6mpg


  • The simplicity of the interior
  • White exterior paintwork and winter don't go great together, do they?