23. MAZDA CX-3

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

WITH the CX-3, Mazda is tak­ing the fight to pre­mium small crossovers like the Audi Q2 and Mercedes GLA.

How­ever, it’s ar­guably a bet­ter choice than ei­ther of these ri­vals, thanks to its gen­er­ous stan­dard kit lev­els and a fun driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the tar­mac.

The CX-3 gets a trio of en­gines, but you can only have 4WD with ei­ther the 1.5 or 2.0-litre diesels, not the 2.0-litre petrol. Both en­gines only come in well equipped Sport Nav trim. Price range: £18,495-£25,195 Our pick: 2.0D 150 AWD Sport Nav (£22,895) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 124mph Econ­omy: 44.1mpg CO2: 150g/km

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