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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mazda CX-3 - 2nd report

Date: 13 August 2015   |   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)

In our opening report, I pointed out that the cabin on our SE-L Nav specification CX-3 was "all very black, with only some red rims to the air vents breaking up the dark materials". That remains true, although we should have also mentioned that there is no shortage of chrome in the interior, too.

My favourite chrome accent is the thin strip that runs across the dashboard and the hazard light button, and which incorporates a stylishly central, integrated air vent.

Other chrome touches include Mazda's logo in the middle of the steering wheel, plus part of the steering wheel itself. Elsewhere, there's lots of the silver stuff including on the gear knob, the surrounds on the three temperature control dials, and the Multimedia Commander controls in the centre console.

Mazda has also tried to break up the black surfaces by varying the materials. As a result, the leather steering wheel has carbon-effect inserts surrounding its integrated controls, (and more 'carbon' around the window controls in the doors), plus shiny black plastic around the red rims of the air vents.

Yes, the CX-3's interior is all still very black, and some prospective buyers might not like it but I, for one, don't find it in the least bit oppressive.

Mazda CX-3 1.5D 105 SE-L Nav

Mileage 4266
P11D price £20,940
Forecast/actual cost per mile 44.7p/45.2p
Our average consumption 54.3mpg
Official combined consumption 70.6mpg




  • Classy interior
  • Early fuel economy
  • Interior space