If ever a sporting analogy could be applied to a car company, you could take your pick with Mazda. Home run after home run. Hitting them for six. Straight between the sticks. However you phrase it, Mazda's current range of cars is absolutely doing the business, particularly in the SUV space.

One of its successes of recent years is the diminutive CX-3, which launched to a rapturous reception in 2015. More than 40,000 units have been sold in just two years, screaming into the number one spot against the likes of the Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Qashqai and the Subaru XV.

The Japanese company has taken the opportunity to align the small five-seat SUV's mechanical and safety credentials with its other successes like the CX-5 and the Mazda3… but it's also a case of 'steady as she goes' so as not to diminish its obvious appeal.