It may have only gone on sale at the start of this year, but the Mazda CX-3 has already become one of the default choices for people in market for a city-sized SUV.
And there’s little wonder. It’s got the looks, it’s the perfect size, the price and right, and Mazda’s engineers seem to have the Midas touch.
But, if you’re looking for a practical little car to suit your active lifestyle, there might be a better option.
The Skoda Fabia Wagon has a few quirky features that are worth exploring.
When it comes to boot space, the Skoda is a bit like Mary Poppins bag. As well as the capacity to fit three suitcases and more, it has plastic side bins, a 12-volt port and cargo nets.
Moving to the rear seats, if you need to fit a child seat in the back, you’ll want the Mazda as it’s higher and easily to reach into, and doesn’t force you to bend your back as much as the Skoda does.
There are some other nifty features inside the Skoda though, like pockets on the sides of the seats, and a bin in the door.
On the road the Mazda picks up well off the line with good power throughout the rev-range. The suspension is well sorted and takes large bumps well, taking the edge off. Engine noise is noticeable in the cabin.
In the Skoda you’ll notice that it’s quieter inside. It’s punchy through the middle of the rev-range. It may not have quite the same ride comfort as the Mazda though, picking up imperfections in the road.
It’s not surprising that the Mazda has been a sales success, it doesn’t really do a lot wrong.
But with the Skoda’s unique bits and pieces, it could just be perfect if space and technology are priorities for you.