Mazda CX-3 on sale in Australia from $19,990

The all-new Mazda CX-3 has officially landed in Australia, sitting in as the company’s smallest ever SUV, beneath the CX-5 and CX-9.

2015 Mazda CX-3

First revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the CX-3 is set to be one of Mazda’s most popular models. It’s available in four main variant levels, spanning from the Neo, Maxx, sTouring, and the top-line Akari. There’s also Safety packages for the Neo, Maxx and sTouring.

Two engines make up the range, including an all-new 1.5-litre diesel producing 77kW and 270Nm, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 109kW and 192Nm. The diesel offers an average consumption of just 4.8L/100km for the front-wheel drive auto versions, while the petrol offers an economy of 6.1L/100km for the front-wheel drive auto.

All models come with cruise control, a multi-format audio system, Bluetooth, push-button start and rear parking sensors. Model grades up from the Maxx get Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system including a 7.0-inch touch-screen display.

The Maxx models and above also come with two USB ports, a reversing camera, and a Drive Selection mode system for the petrol models with a sports setting for more spirited driving. There’s also 16-inch alloy wheels (as opposed to steel wheels on the Neo) and sat-nav as standard.

As for the design, the CX-3 takes on the company’s latest Kodo styling philosophy. There’s the iconic drooping front grille, chrome accents, bolstered wheel arches, slimline headlights, and a perched up cabin for that crossover cabin stance.

2015 Mazda CX-3 Maxx

The new SUV is now available from showrooms around the country. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2.0L Petrol FWD                       
 Neo6MT$19,990
6AT$21,990
Neo Safety6MT$21,020
6AT$23,020
Maxx6MT$22,390
6AT$24,390
Maxx Safety6MT$23,420
6AT$25,420
sTouring6MT$26,990
6AT$28,990
sTouring Safety6MT$28,020
6AT$30,020
Akari6MT$31,290
6AT$33,290
6MT
1.5L Diesel FWD 
Maxx6AT$26,790
Maxx Safety6AT$27,820
2.0L Petrol AWD
Maxx6AT$26,390
Maxx Safety6AT$27,420
sTouring6AT$30,990
sTouring Safety6AT$32,020
Akari6AT$35,290
1.5L Diesel AWD                      
sTouring6AT$33,390
sTouring Safety6AT$34,420
Akari6AT$37,690

2015 Mazda CX-3 sTouring-interior

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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