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Mazda CX-3 Akari 2019 review: snapshot


The range-topping Akari feels noticeably more plush and premium inside, and you'll pay for that, with the entry price rising to $33,990 for this spec and topping out at $37,290 for the AWD LE, which is a lot of money for this little car. 

Engine wise, you get the option of either FWD or i-Activ AWD, which almost no one will take up, realistically. You also have the choice of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 110kW/195Nm and producing fuel economy of 6.3 litres per 100km (or 6.6L/100km for the manual) or the 1.8-litre diesel (which again, almost no one will choose), which only comes with FWD and an automatic transmission, and delivers impressive fuel economy of 4.7L/100km, plus 85kW/270Nm.

On top of all the above kit, the Akari adds a power sliding and tilt sunroof, front seats with 10-way power adjustment and two memory settings, which are trimmed in either black or 'Pure White' leather, and heated, plus 'Mazda Radar Cruise Control' with start-stop function, which Mazda says is unique to its brand at this level, a 360-degree view monitor, adaptive LED headlights and lane-departure warning. 

Apple CarPlay is not yet available, but it's coming soon, and a kit to retrofit it will be available at Mazda dealers in the near future. Consider this a very small burger with the lot.

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Range and Specs

NEO Sport (fwd) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $15,300 – 21,560 2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 NEO Sport (fwd) Pricing and Specs
Maxx Sport (fwd) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,200 – 25,410 2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 Maxx Sport (fwd) Pricing and Specs
Maxx Sport (awd) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,900 – 26,290 2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 Maxx Sport (awd) Pricing and Specs
S Touring (awd) 1.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $25,300 – 33,550 2019 Mazda CX-3 2019 S Touring (awd) Pricing and Specs
Stephen Corby
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