Is there anything interesting about its design?
While some of the Japanese brands are in the habit of throwing the book at every possible part of a car's interior, Mazda goes exactly the other way, perfecting a kind of minimalist approach to interior design.
And so you'll find no button-festooned stereo or weird design elements in the cabin of the CX-3. Instead, it's a clean and simple layout, with Mazda's 7.0-inch touchscreen perched above an entirely uncluttered dash, which scores a thoughtful soft-touch panel that helps disguise the hard plastics and lifts the general interior ambience.
Outside, there's a lot to like with Mazda's design, from the sporty and hunkered-down glasshouse - which appears to be perched on the wheelbase like a sprinter crouched on the starting block - to the clean lines of the bonnet and grille. It looks smaller than some of its competitors, sure, but it's more stylish than most, too.