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PROS

  • Eye-catching exterior
  • Outstanding standard safety equipment
  • Great variety of specs and drivetrains

CONS

  • The 3-year warranty is not optimal, especially if you compare it to Kia’s 7-year one
  • Smallish boot and tight rear legroom
  • Refinement could be improved

REVIEW SUMMARY

Aussies love their Mazda cars, especially the CX-3. The attractive small SUV manages to beat both the Qashqai and the Mitsubishi ASX in terms of sales, as it stands proudly on the top.

 

Many people instantly fall in love with the smooth lines of the CX-3, and can you really blame them? One of the greatest strengths of anything created by Mazda is unarguably the exterior design.

 

But enough about that, today we’re reviewing the CX-3 Maxx variant and we want to know – does this car has anything else going for it except for the good looks?

 

Safety

Prepare for spoilers right away: the Mazda CX-3 has enough airbags plus electronic brake distribution and emergency brake assist fitted as standard.

 

So? Well, we’ll just mention that ANCAP Safety values such things and logically awards the CX-3 with a five-star rating.

 

Price

Even if the Maxx stands a step above the Neo in the CX-3 range, it actually sells like hotcakes – 55% of CX-3 buyers opt for the costlier but better-equipped version.

 

Oh, you’d like to know how much that’d cost you? But sure – you can get the FWD 2.0L petrol with a six-speed manual for $22,890, while the same engine (and FWD) with an automatic gearbox climbs up to $24,890.

 

For diesel fans, the 1.5 six-speed auto (no manual for this one), which is only available as FWD, will cost you $27,290, while the only AWD for the Maxx trim-level comes with the 2.0L petrol paired to a six-speed auto and it costs $26,890

 

Features

Mazda values high-end safety features and that’s why even the entry-level CX-3 Neo gets stuff like AEB and rear parking sensors. The Maxx is a different story though – it really does add some interesting tech.

 

This is the standard kit:

 

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Sat Nav
  • DAB+
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Start button
  • Hill assist
  • Rear-view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 16-inch alloys

 

Mazda are making sure you’ll feel both safe and special while you drive the CX-3 Maxx. Gotta love the extensive list of safety gadgets, really!

 

Pros and cons

And we made it to the Biddly pros and cons. Mazda CX-3 Maxx, are you ready to be judged accordingly? We hope you are – here’s the good side of the small SUV:

 

  • Eye-catching exterior
  • Outstanding standard safety equipment
  • Great variety of specs and drivetrains

 

But, the CX-3 also has an uglier side:

 

  • The 3-year warranty is not optimal, especially if you compare it to Kia’s 7-year one
  • Smallish boot and tight rear legroom
  • Refinement could be improved

 

Verdict

To sum it up, we believe that Mazda’s compact SUV deserves all the attention it receives here in Australia. Even if we exclude the sexy appearance of the CX-3, it still is a formidable car.

 

Loaded with useful and above all, potentially life-saving kit and has a lot to offer, for not a lot of money.

If your pockets are tighter, then the even the cheapest CX-3 Maxx would be great value for money. Actually, even the entry Neo will do the trick if you think about it – there are not a lot of cars that cost around $20k and offer AEB as standard, honestly.

FINANCE SECTION

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$87 - $91
per week
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$94 - $99
per week
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$100 - $113
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