By Al Qalam correspondent
The earlier version was a welcomed addition to the South African market and this one will be a winner too. It has a pleasing design, offers great value for money and, in my opinion, is a notch up from rivals like the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
The ride quality is excellent and, like the CX 5, this car also has reduced engine and cabin noise. And that’s a big plus in my book. The new generation Mazdas are becoming renowned for comfort, on both short and long distances.
And, as expected, the interior is not shabby at all; albeit with a wee bit of a cheap feel. Ergonomically, it’s great, thetouchscreen infotainment could do with some improvementthough. The interior is, however, the best in its segment.Everything from the extensive leather trim to the super comfy,plush seats is of an excellent quality.
The boot space is decent and the parking sensors standard onSE-L and above are very useful. Mazda is a game changer and this car stands out as the best in its class.
Mazda CX-3 prices and specifications
Model Price (R)
2.0 Active R 284 800
2.0 Active auto R 302 100
2.0 Dynamic R 310 700
2.0 Dynamic auto R 322 700
2.0 Indiv auto R365 400
2.0 Indiv plus auto R380 600