2017 Mazda CX-3 2.0 150ps AWD Sport Nav Review

DRIVEN: 2017 Mazda CX-3 2.0 150ps AWD Sport Nav Review

Following a short test drive of the Mazda CX-3 2.0-litre AWD Sport Nav, here is what I think about this funky mid-sized SUV:

What’s the 2017 Mazda CX-3 2.0 150ps AWD Sport Nav all about?

The mid-size SUV market is still hot at the moment and the Mazda CX-3 is a great contender. In my opinion, it is one of the most modern looking and well-designed models we have seen. I love the front-end of the car and its aggressive look.

The test car is the well-equipped Sport Nav variant which includes 18″ gunmetal alloy wheels, LED headlights and LED rear signature lights. Inside is a half leather and half suede seat trim, a premium Bose surround sound system, smart keyless entry and head-up display.

The Mazda CX-3 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, 150bhp engine matched to a six-speed manual gearbox that directs the power to all four wheels. This means that the car does 0 to 60mph in 8.7 seconds with a top speed of 124mph. It weighs 1,310kg which isn’t too bad for a car of this size.

How does it drive?

Driving the Mazda CX-3 for the first time, what struck me was just how spacious the interior is. There is plenty of room inside yet when driving the car, it didn’t feel that different to a hatchback; thereby creating a TARDIS effect.

The SUV-style ride height gave me good vision of the road and made me feel more protected.  I was very impressed by the car’s smooth suspension despite its large wheels. Rough terrain and potholes were easily absorbed.

The steering was relatively light and no effort to use, and the accelerator mapping nice and smooth. The beautifully balanced pedals and gearbox created an all-round easy drive. The manual gearbox was very user-friendly and enhanced my driving pleasure.

The 150 PS model we are testing here felt like it had more power than need be. The vehicle has a great sense of emergency when setting off and almost encourages you up to the rev limiter. Whether cornering or changing direction, the Mazda CX-3 is easy to handle, using simple turns and gentle acceleration.

What’s it like inside?

The interior of the Mazda CX-3 is extremely spacious with room for four adults in the car and plenty of luggage space in the boot. High quality materials are used and the overall look is impressive. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in a Mercedes, if you didn’t notice the Mazda badge!

The entertainment system is housed in a large premium screen mounted on top of the dashboard. It allows you to access your sat nav, phone, travel information as well as your music. The user interface works intuitively. You can use it either via the touchscreen or by the directional controls down by the handbrake. The directional controls are easier to use than the touchscreen when driving.

The Experience

The Mazda CX-3 leaves you feeling relaxed, and proud. It’s the kind of car you would love to display on your drive and impress the neighbours with.

The Mazda CX-3 is perfectly suited to most people. It has the space you would expect from a much larger car and includes the latest technology for entertainment and safety purposes.


The Mazda CX-3 has been well received by customers in recent years and this reflects well on the brand. The vehicle holds its own in a competitive market. It is a good looking and vibrant model finished in Soul Red. The  Mazda CX-3 is the total package as it is  comfortable, powerful and practical.


2017 Mazda CX-3 2.0 150ps AWD Sport Nav
  • Price: £24,655 
  • Engine: 2.0-Litre Petrol
  • Power: 150 PS
  • Torque: 204 Nm
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
  • 0-62mph: 8.7 Seconds
  • Top speed: 124 mph
  • Weight: 1,31o kg
  • Economy combined: 44 mpg
  • CO2: 150 g/km

Author: Paul Hadley