Test CX-3 Mazda SKYACTIV-G 2.0 150hp 4WD Luxury

Is it worth the gas?

We traveled to Barcelona to lead the new Mazda CX-3 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 150 hp, a compact SUV whose objective is defined from the depths of his DNA: swatting his rivals thanks to a truly spectacular design and the strength and quality of the latest products arriving from Hiroshima. My partner David López already had the opportunity to test the version according to Mazda Spain will take about 70% of sales in our country, the efficient diesel Mazda 1.5 SKYACTIV-D 105 hp, I opted for go to the top of the range to see what he can do this pretty compact SUV, will specifically test the Mazda CX-3 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 150 hp with six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. A pezqueñín of nearly 30,000 euros, how justified? Let's check it out.

A car enters the eye and if recently I was talking about the Ssang Yong Tivoli, a very interesting car but with a design that Europe could not enter the eyes of all potential buyers, I am convinced that in this case, the Mazda CX -3, despite their Asian origin, a percentage very high of those who seek a compact SUV, seeing they will say: "What a car so cool!". And that in Mazda insist on calling 'Kodo design' in practice translates into aggression, perfect proportions and a lot of muscle. An outer ten, what about the inside? It is no slouch.

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Upon entering sobriety, minimalism, design and materials make you drop a: "What a car!". Hardly be blamed something when you support your butt in the driver's seat. He driving position It is very good and thanks to the asymmetrical design of the dashboard, quickly you feel surrounded by everything you need. I especially liked the steering wheel placed in a very high position, as if to take a leading role later in the curves, it must demonstrate. The quality of materials is very high and surprising configuration, at least in my fitted to the bars, where black, red and white leather combined with alcantara upholstery version: a "hodgepodge" that is aesthetically round. Perhaps the only thing that does not convince me is the typical inner lining seeking a way to imitate the appearance unwise carbon fiber, Cursed fashions! But otherwise, beyond reproach.

But let's what really matters. David already told you that the chassis and suspension system has a strong dynamic component, thanks to a center of gravity and a cast of very successful pesos. So in this test Mazda CX-3 2.0 I want to focus on the mechanics and especially in performance. I start using the button and start shooting. If you can read me regularly check that often I recommend modern and 'ultraprecise' automatic gearboxes, but in the case of Mazda, its manual gearbox deserves an award and would certainly be my chosen option. Hundo the right pedal and ...

The truth is that these 150 hp Mazda have that typical taste and that can translate into escalation and calm. This mechanical Skyactiv two liter four has a very linear behavior and power is supplied without pulling or abruptness, in fact, when you sink right foot and you linking a march after another, you may think where are those 150 hp? Because in no time you have that feeling of thrust itself offers, for example, a supercharged mechanics, but it takes is a quick glance at the speedometer to realize that you go fast and without realizing it, you've reached the limits of the law.

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It is an engine that moves correctly the Mazda CX-3 and offers level of consumption more than acceptable: during the test, without fear of the accelerator, consumption has located around the eight liters per hundred, but if we relax, the consumption can lose seven. One thing that has surprised me a little, to be honest, is a slight vibration notes on the pedals, may be due to it is an engine still running-in phase, but has managed to get my attention and as such I tell you. 

Otherwise, little to criticize this SUV. The address is a tad squishy and I would like to convey a little more, but in line with its rivals, so I would not say it's a bad thing. The change, as I said, is perfect, both by touch as accurately and travel. The suspension has a very accomplished moron, premium comfort but behaves nothing wrong with curves, although a little more poise in general would not be bad, when you link several consecutive corners, behind not need too much to insinuate ...

Finally comment that the interior roominess has lights and shadows while in the front seats, will travel like a king, thanks to a good level of occupancy (the best in the category) and good overall ergonomics, in the rear, space is conspicuous by its absence, possibly this is greater disadvantage. The trunk is also not too generous in terms of space, as it lags behind many of its rivals with a total of 350 liters of capacity.

 

Perhaps both habitability in the rear seat and the trunk are the main disadvantages of buying, but not everything will be good, as this CX-3 2.0 G-150 AWD Skyactiv is one of those cars that start entering the eyes and end up convincing for its quality and technology because we must recognize that the number of attendees to driving are amazing for this category: warning system inadvertent lane change control adaptive cruise control with radar, automatic braking in city change automatic lights, etc. 

Comparative Mazda CX-3 'vs' Mini Countryman: Photos (19)

  • Mini Countryman Mazda CX-3 Rear

    Two options to make your day into an adventure

  • Mini Countryman Mazda CX-3

    Aesthetically they offer the best of both worlds: carefree for city SUV aesthetic to impress

  • Mini Countryman Mazda CX-3

  • CX-3 Side

    The Mazda has a more conventional design, with a point very aggressive got

  • CX-3 Inner

    The dashboard is more traditional: too many buttons on the steering wheel and few outside

  • Mazda CX-3 rear seats

    The space in the rear seats of the Mazda CX-3 is less than in the Mini

  • CX-3 Rear

  • Mazda CX-3 trunk

    The boot, with 350 liters is identical to its English rival

  • CX-3 change

    The six-speed manual transmission offers precise touch

  • CX-3 connectivity

    The Mazda offers the standard browser: a good multimedia equipment

  • CX-3 interior detail

  • mini Countryman

    The Mini has a more casual and personal design

  • Mini Countryman Interior

    The same goes inside: with personality but plenty of optional equipment

  • Mini Countryman rear seats

    The rear seats are slightly wider than the Mazda: in no case are to throw rockets

  • Mini Countryman change

    The manual transmission offers a fairly sporty feel

  • Mini Countryman side

  • Mini Countryman trunk

    The trunk, identical, has the somewhat higher surface than the Japanese model

  • Mini Countryman connectivity

    Good connectivity also for the Mini: your BMW genes are noticed!

  • Mini Countryman screen

The CX-3 is available in two finishes, Style and Luxury, all have alloy wheels, automatic climate control, six speakers with Bluetooth connection and dual USB connector. Luxury version adds the 18-inch tires, the Full LED headlights, he navigation system, a stereo with seven speakers Bose or Head Up Display. In addition, if you think little, Mazda offers three additional packages at Luxury finish, the first (gift at launch) includes tinted rear windows and the system of involuntary change lanes. If you want white leather upholstery with heated seats you must pay 800 euros more and if you decide to 'shove' assistants all electronic driving aids, must pay a further 1,050.

As for prices, the Mazda CX-3 of the 20,345 euros CX-3 2.0 SKYACTIV-G Style 120 hp with manual transmission and front-wheel drive, while diesel prices start at 21,795 euros CX-3 SKYACTIV-D 1.5 105 hp with Style trim, manual transmission and front wheel drive. If you want to have it all, the Mazda CX-3 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 Luxury with paco White and Pack Travel, manual transmission and all-wheel drive costs 28,130 euros, although you advance that will be succulent offerings by the brand, among which a campaign launch 1,800 euros off in all versions.

conclusion

The best

Quality of materials. Chassis good fit. Consumption.

Worst

Address too soft. Lacks some cornering poise. Little space in the second row.