Mazda CX- 3

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE - By

MAZDA con­tin­ues its fast paced as­sault on the Aus­tralian car mar­ket, this time with its small­est SUV, the CX-3 re­ceiv­ing a facelift, ma­jor in­te­rior changes, added com­fort and im­proved en­gines.

The frontal styling of all cur­rent Maz­das is ar­guably the biggest rea­son for its suc­cess and the shape has been re­fined with a bolder grille built around strong hor­i­zon­tal lines. There are also changes to the shap­ing of the front fog­light sur­rounds as well as to the rear lights.

It’s not just the shape that’s sell­ing Maz­das, the Soul Red paint is a real stand­out and is ac­count­ing for some­thing like 20 to 30 per cent of sales de­pend­ing on model. My well-known dis­like for the EWAN KENNEDY 500 shades of grey that haunt our roads is grad­u­ally be­ing off­set by an in­creas­ing num­ber of bright red Maz­das. Yippee.

In­side, Mazda CX-3 has a re­vised cen­tre con­sole cen­tred around an elec­tric park­ing brake, which is now stan­dard on all vari­ants.

The Mazda Com­mand Con­troller for the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has been moved for­ward to make its op­er­a­tion eas­ier to work. A fold­ing padded lid is used on the con­sole box, dou­bling as a com­fort­able cen­tral arm­rest for the front pas­sen­ger.

Talk­ing of in­fo­tain­ment Mazda con­tin­ues to drag the chain as Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto are still not fit­ted to any of their range. The com­pany is some­what em­bar­rassed about this but hopes to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion within months. Ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cles from 2014 on­wards will be able to have the sys­tems retro­fit­ted.

Urethane foam with a high-damp­ing qual­ity give greater ride com­fort. Seat up­hol­stery has been changed to full leather on the high grade mod­els.

High grade sTour­ing and Akari also get a new anti-glare in­te­rior rear-vi­sion mir­ror that au­to­mat­i­cally cuts glare, dim­ming the re­flec­tions of strong, bright lights.

A re­vers­ing cam­era is now fit­ted to all grades. The topline Mazda CX-3 Akari has a 360-de­gree View Mon­i­tor and Radar

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