The Mazda CX-3 is the most hotly anticipated addition to the country’s fastest-growing segment and has launched today with the lowest starting price and broadest line-up of any of its rivals.
The entry-level CX-3 Neo front-wheel drive petrol manual kicks off the range at $19,990 before on-road costs, undercutting baby SUV segment’s previous entry point, the $20,790 Ford EcoSport, as well as the cheapest versions of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Honda HR-V, to name a few.
Mazda Australia is offering 14 unique configurations of the CX-3, comprising four variants (Neo, Maxx, sTouring and Akari), two drive systems (front- and all-wheel drive), two four-cylinder engines (2.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel) and two transmissions (six-speed manual and automatic), as it aims to sell 1000 of its Mazda 2-based crossovers across the country every month.
The entry-grade CX-3 Neo is available exclusively in front-wheel-drive petrol configuration, while the Maxx, sTouring and Akari trims can be had in front-drive petrol, and all-wheel-drive petrol and diesel combinations.
The step from Neo to Maxx is $2400, from Maxx to sTouring is $4600, and from sTouring to Akari is $4300. The automatic transmission costs $2000 over the manual, AWD adds another $2000 over 2WD, and diesel adds $3400 over petrol.
Mazda is also offering a $1030 Safety pack on Neo, Maxx and sTouring that adds a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart city brake support (all standard on Akari), while the Kuroi black styling pack similar to that available on the Mazda 3 is available across the range for $2342.
Mazda Australia expects the Maxx to be the runaway favourite with buyers, accounting for 55 per cent of CX-3 sales, followed by the Neo at 25 per cent, the sTouring at 15 per cent and the Akari at five per cent. The majority of buyers are tipped to opt for front-drive petrol auto vehicles.
The Neo is modestly equipped, coming standard with 16-inch steel wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, cloth upholstery and a basic four-speaker audio system.
For the likes of 16-inch alloys, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearshifter and handbrake, and the MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, reverse-view camera, internet radio integration and multi-function rotary commander you need to step up to the Maxx.
The sTouring gains 18-inch alloys, along with LED lights all round, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry, head-up display and climate control, while the flagship Akari gets the safety pack features plus high beam control, a power glass sunroof, and black leather/suede or white leather/suede upholstery.
The Mazda CX-3 is 4275mm long, 1765mm wide, 1550mm tall, and rides on a 2570mm wheelbase. Its boot measures 264 litres and expands to 1174L with the 60:40 split fold rear seats pushed forwards.
Read CarAdvice's 2015 Mazda CX-3 Review here.
2015 Mazda CX-3 pricing (plus on-road costs):
2WD manual $19,990
2WD auto $21,990
2WD manual $22,390
2WD auto $24,390
AWD auto $26,390
AWD auto $26,790
2WD manual $26,990
2WD auto $28,990
AWD auto $30,990
AWD auto $33,390
2WD manual $31,290
2WD auto $33,290
AWD auto $35,290
AWD auto $37,690
Safety pack $1030 (adds blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart city brake support; available on Neo, Maxx and sTouring)
Kuroi styling pack $2342 (fitted)
2015 Mazda CX-3 engines:
2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
109kW at 6000rpm
192Nm at 2800rpm
1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel
77kW at 4000rpm
270Nm at 1600-2500rpm
2015 Mazda CX-3 specifications:
16-inch steel wheels
Rear parking sensors
Black/grey cloth upholstery
Four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity
Maxx (adds over Neo):
16-inch alloy wheels
Leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearshifter and handbrake
Overhead sunglass storage box
MZD Connect infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, reverse-view camera, internet radio integration and multi-function rotary commander
sTouring (adds over Maxx):
18-inch alloy wheels
LED headlamps, foglights, daytime running lights, and tail-lights
Auto headlights and wipers
High-grade black/grey cloth upholstery
Akari (adds over sTouring):
Power glass sunroof
Black leather/suede or white leather/suede upholstery
Blind spot monitor
High beam control
Lane departure warning
Rear cross-traffic alert
Smart city brake support