Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Eye-Catching and Intuitive Mazda; Mike Moran Looks at the New, Small SUV That's Blazing Its Own Path

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Eye-Catching and Intuitive Mazda; Mike Moran Looks at the New, Small SUV That's Blazing Its Own Path

Article excerpt

MAZDA'S new small SUV is so on trend it's blazing a new path.

My head whips around every time I catch a new Mazda out of the corner of my eye; the present models, with their longish sweeping bonnets, are so well proportioned and sculpted. I even stop, when I take the dogs out for a walk every morning, to stare at the new white two-door MX-5 convertible that's parked around the corner from me.

They aren't the only ones drooling.

Mazda's all new sporty CX-3 is quite a looker too.

It's a small-scale SUV with big ideas.

Unrestricted and distinguished in a segment that is becoming increasingly crowded from all brands, it is a model that a lot of manufacturers should be benchmarking.

Why? Because it has the whole package: style, versatility, reliability, substance and it's friendly.

I like to be able to sit behind the wheel of a car and intuitively know where controls and buttons are and Mazda does that. It feels right.

The CX-3 comes with numerous engine and transmission options, petrol or diesel, front or all-wheel drive, 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual (2.0L petrol front wheel drive only).

I had a mid-spec Maxx model with an auto-petrol six and it packed plenty of punch.

It also packed plenty of standard features and, like all Mazda's, there is a stack of safety gear, including a standard reverse camera.

I'm not a fan of infotainment screens plonked on the dash; they appear like after-thoughts on so many models. And while Mazda's isn't integrated, I'll admit the 7 inch 'floating' touch screen display does sit well within Mazda's minimalist interior design. The screen and functions are easy to see and use, too.

I was also impressed by the driver's own digital display unit. It provided excellent contrast and it was easy to read even in the late afternoon glare. …

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