Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3: “From the calm and linear characteristics of the Demio, to sharp response features” by Tomohiko Tsutsumi

Mazda Motor Corporation’s unique Soul of Motion design is powerful. They sent out the CX-3 compact crossover, which is an SUV version of the Demio, to be test driven.

The unique pentagonal radiator mask and the overall form did not change. In addition, the wheelbase is 2570mm, which is the same as the Demio. However, the overall length is 215mm longer; the overall width is 50mm wider; and the overall height is 50mm taller, which is slightly larger. The rear has a bulky feel and it was wrapped up with a rich ambience. The design is deep and sophisticated. As for the interior measurement, the overall length is 5mm longer; the overall width is 10mm narrower; and the overall height did not change.

The 1.5-liter, 77Kw(105ps)/4000rpm diesel single turbo engine is one of the CX-3’s features. Although it is expensive, the low fuel consumption of this excellent engine is its feature. This can be combined with a 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT. You can also choose from either FF or 4WD.

Considering the arrangement of the 7-inch display in the center, the interior is stylish as it is on the Demio. Needless to say, I have no dissatisfaction in terms of its design.

I wanted a lumbar support for the hip on the front seat, similar to the Demio. However, the lumbar supports the form of my hip on the rear seat and this is comfortable. The knee space is about 20cm and the roof allowance is about 10cm, similar to the Demio. The rear seat of the CX-3 is not that particularly wide. However, the rear trunk is spacious. It reached a 350-liter capacity, compared to 280-liter capacity of the Demio.

The diesel knocking sound was overwhelmingly improved and reduced as compared to the Demio. An oscillator is equipped inside the piston pin called Natural Sound Smoother, which was developed by Mazda.

The vibration of the piston on the opposite phase cancels out the other, and the diesel’s distinctive sound you hear disappears slowly. The result is certainly remarkable. Although it leaves a sound that is typical of a diesel, there isn’t a rough, rattling sound. I was impressed with the depth of Mazda’s commitment to the diesel engine.

The CX-3 is 130kg heavier compared to the Demio. Therefore, it takes around 17.5 seconds up to half a second later for the speed to reach 400. The Demio takes 16.0 up to 16.5 seconds. It is behind by a second. As after all the body is slightly large, it became a second slower.

That being said, there is enough low-speed torque and I did not feel the stress. However, it is somehow slower whenever I draw above 3000 rotation. I can say that the acceleration performance is slower compared to the Demio.

The tire is one-size larger, as it is 215/50R18 compared to the Demio’s 185/65R16 size. This size accompanies weight increase. The response is good and its condition changed from having the Demio’s calm and linear characteristics to having sharp response features.

In addition, there seems to be a slight jolt when crossing over a bump. Overall, it is stylish and has an advantageous low fuel consumption (23.0km/liter 6AT and 25.0km/liter 6MT). It is an affordable compact crossover SUV.

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

Tomohiko Tsutsumi | Automotive Journalist

He attended the First Japan Gran Prix Auto Racing Tournament. Since then, he worked as a factory-backed driver for Nissan, Toyota and Isuzu. At present, he writes review articles for car magazines, radio and Car World. He loves circuit running and computers. Currently, he is into bicycles.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)