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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mazda CX-3 - 9th report

Date: 14 December 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)

A question that vexes me when autumn slides into winter is when is it the right time to turn to the luxury of heated front seats?

Like switching on the central heating at home, there is a time of year that's right for the butt-cheek warmers, but with it having been so mild, the point for rear-end warmth was pushed back.

Certainly in early November we were a long way from needing even one bar of comfort let alone three (see picture). That, of course, changed by mid-November, when I started to wonder if three bars would be enough come January if temperatures continued to plummet at the same rate.

The heated front seats are, of course, just part of the list of standard equipment on the SE-L Nav spec Mazda CX-3 that are offered in addition to the SE model. I've already written about the lane-departure warning system, and on top of that and the heated seats there is also, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation, and Smart City Brake Support, a system designed to prevent or reduce damage when it detects a collision with a vehicle ahead is unavoidable. It does so by automatically applying the brakes, and, thankfully, is the only piece of equipment I've yet had any need to
call upon.

Mazda CX-3 1.5D 105 SE-L

Mileage 12,286
P11D price £20,940
Forecast/actual cost per mile 45.0p/45.6p
Our average consumption 55.1mpg
Official combined consumption 70.6mpg


  • Fast dealer service to switch off service light
  • Why don't rear seats benefit from warming too?