Mazda CX-3 XD Touring L Package

Mazda CX-3 Review: Its can compete with the European premium brands by Tomoko Fujishima

The Mazda CX-3 maintains its presence in the compact SUV market, but this model is not simply just the SUV edition of the Demio.

Most of the compact SUVs that are being sold in Japan are equipped with gasoline engines, but the CX-3 is only set with a diesel engine, thus making it different from other cars. As for the lineup models of Mazda that have sporty performances, there are the Hatchback (Axela), the high class CX-5, and the CX-3, which is highly regarded as the core premium compact among the SUVs. That beautiful proportion has already achieved the complete level of the KODO- Soul of Motion design, and even though it is a domestic product, it can surprisingly compete with other premium European brands.

If we look at the interior, the medium grade XD Touring seats are made with synthetic leather and fabric; the top grade XD Touring L Package is built with the combination of white leather and suede, together with thick cushions for the seats, it absorbs the vertical motion while running in a pleasant state. Sometimes, you will go over humps when you go through parking near convenience stores, but almost 90% of the time, it will give you a comfortable and enjoyable driving impression. I highly recommend this model to those who seek for a comfortable back seat while riding a compact SUV.

The leather resin panel and door handle that surrounds the dashboard, the airconditioning nozzle added with the round ring, and the combination of materials for the color tone are all carefully refined. You will feel satisfied when driving it everyday. (the vehicle)

The diesel engine has a high level of quietness, particularly the Natural Sound Smoother that is set to i-ELOOP option to reduce diesel knock sounds and vibration on low rotations which results to letting you forget that it is a diesel vehicle. People who often speed up in driving around the streets or slowly driving upon climbing elevated areas can have this kind of option.

On the other hand, there is no Natural Sound Smoother setting in an MT specification but when driving with a shift-up rhythm while pulling the engine rotation, the vibration output of a diesel engine serves as an engine beat that makes the driver feel delighted.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Tomoko Fujishima | Automotive Journalist

A car fanatic since her youth, she has been entering into one-make races since 2002. It doesn’t matter which genre, from normal cars to formula cars, she participates in various kinds of races. In 2007 she became the first female class champion at the Mazda Roadster Race. Currently she is spreading the joy of driving through contributions to auto magazines, print media, TV, and web. With perspectives as someone who loves driving and as a woman she supports car life from all fronts. Her criteria for COTY focuses on how much a vehicle can improve every day life.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)