The CX-3 is smaller than small, it’s tiny or ‘light’ as it’s officially categorised by the car industry. This could be ideal if you live in the city and need a car that will fit into tight spaces and be easy to pilot around car parks and narrow streets.
I know it seems like an obvious thing to say, but keep in mind that tiny cars tend to have not much space inside – you can read about that in the practicality section below.
For now, let’s look at the dimensions. The CX-3 is 4275mm long, 1765mm wide and 1535mm tall.
So, we’ve established that the CX-3 is little, but it doesn’t look cheap or flimsy. If anything, the CX-3, as with all Mazdas, looks well-made and has a premium feel to its styling inside and out.
There’s the long bonnet, which stretches down to meet the wide Mazda grille, while in profile the CX-3 looks sporty and coupe-like, particularly the way the window line lifts as though being pushed upwards by the rear wheel arches, which gives it athletic haunches.
The back of the CX-3 ends as abruptly as it starts – compact, cute, and refined.
Refined is the word. The exterior looks classy and so does the interior, even in this Maxx Sport, which sits just above the entry-grade Neo Sport (so it’s still quite low in the CX-3 range).
Really the only way to tell the difference between the Maxx Sport and Neo Sport is the wheels. The Maxx Sport has alloys while the Neo Sport has steel wheels with hub caps. It’s not until you climb to the midpoint of the range; the S Touring, that chrome-looking trims are added to the side sills, but hey, you could put some on yourself if you’re that keen.
The cabin is stylish and simply laid out, with dark and high-quality materials, such as the leather wrapped steering wheel, contributing to a premium look and feel.
This CX-3 is more comfy to sit in than the previous one, and that’s because, as part of the January 2021 update, new seats have been fitted. They look a tad too large for the tiny interior but, as you’ll see in the practicality section, I don’t have a problem with that.