The words 'little' and 'cute' come to mind when you look at it. The front sports the classic Mazda shark-like nose but the black grille and accents, plus the black 18-inch alloy wheels, makes the front look sporty and fun.
Not being the top model means it makes do with halogen daytime running lights but it does sport LED headlights. I preferred the last-generation model's rear-end styling, which had sharp lines and cutaways and made it look aggressive.
The rear now looks like someone has taken an Instagram filter and blurred all of that lovely detailing away. It's very smooth and coupled with the narrower back windows and large expanse of panelling near the C-pillar, it almost looks… boring, compared to the front.
The interior is quite nice but the driver gets most of the attention. The dashboard sits forward and everything feels within reach, like a true cockpit. It's relatively simple in design but the soft padded leather and red stitching stops it from looking plain.
The partial digital instrument panel looks great and the steering wheel feels lovely under the hands. It's just a shame that the driver's aesthetic hasn't been carried across to the passenger's side, where you're left with a rather bare looking dash and severe rectangular air-vents. Which, curiously, are positioned rather low and aim at your waist.