Jump into the CX-3 and it feels like you can immediately zip around town with a 2.0-litre engine. That's plenty to get up hills quickly and move in and out of lanes with relative ease. There's no heaviness that you'd get in a larger SUV, it takes off quickly, turns corners instantly and has a small turning circle so you fit in u-turns much more often than you would in a larger car.
Everything is smooth and cruisy - there are no tricky electric gearsticks which make you pause in annoyance - it all works intuitively and it works every single time. I found the whole experience a lot faster to get used to than in other cars. This model I drove doesn't have all-wheel drive, but there is AWD on offer in the range.
Given the size, parking is quite easy and you're able to fit into most parking spaces without thinking too hard about it. There's a high resolution reverse parking camera that shows where you are, but no 360 degree camera which you'll find on a Nissan Qashqai.