Technically, Mazda sells an entry-level CX-3 for around 20 grand, but it doesn't really sell it, if you know what we mean.

Sure, Mazda advertises a mighty-tempting Neo for that money, but nobody actually buys it, inevitably opting to part with a little more cash for a better-looking, better-equipped model once they actually venture into a dealership.

In fact, of the four-strong CX-3 lineup, 56 per cent of buyers opt for the more expensive Maxx - which is $24,890 for the auto model we've tested here - compared to the lower-spec Neo, which makes up just seven per cent of sales.

So the question now is, are they making the right choice?