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Mazda CX-3 2015 review: Torquing Heads

A big part of the skyrocketing popularity of SUVs is the perception that they're an automotive Jack of all trades.

They're expected to provide the interior space of a people mover, the handling of a sports car, the efficiency of a little runabout, the comfort of a luxury car and the style of a coupe.

However, do they actually deliver on these lofty expectations? Mazda's baby CX-3 carries this burden more than most, with the expectation it will match the SkyActiv magic of the rest of the Mazda passenger range and top the new wave of small SUVs bursting in to Australian showrooms.

We've already covered the CX-3 in many of its incarnations, but the hectic lifestyle and critical eye of Kristy Best is arguably the ultimate test of a small SUV. And that's before we set her friends and family onto it.

We followed Kristy from dawn to dusk in the top-spec CX-3 Akari diesel to see how it stood up. 

Tell us what you think of the Mazda CX-3 in the comments below

Related: Joshua Dowling puts the CX-3 up against the Honda HR-V, Renault Captur and Mitsubishi ASX

Also: Malcolm Flynn's first drive of the CX-3 from its Australian launch

Plus: Joshua Dowling's head to head comparison between the CX-3 Akari diesel and its CX-5 bigger brother

More: Why are SUVs becoming so popular?

And: Why it's important to look up and down when choosing an SUV

And you'll find anything CX-3-related at our CX-3 hub.