CX-3 led Mazda’s charge on awards

The car is hot property for an entry-level vehicle.

The car is hot property for an entry-level vehicle.

IF PICKING a winner is one of the guides to buying your next vehicle then the Mazda CX-3 has all the form you could ask for. It seems to have spent most of 2015 collecting awards.

The CX-3 led the way as Mazda collected more than 20 major automotive awards in New Zealand last year, contributing an impressive 10 awards including Fairfax Car of the Year, New Zealand Herald Driven Car of the Year and National Business Review’s Crossover Car of the Year.

In case that list was not enough, the CX-3 won the Automobile Association’s small SUV crossover award.

This was a new category for 2015, reflecting what the respected AA says is the growth of small, high-riding, two and four-door wagon style vehicles with a footprint under 8100 mm, that are offered in front-wheel-driving configuration as well as all-wheel-drive. Small four-cylinder fuel-efficient petrol engines dominate this category, which is enjoying growth as buyers downsize from larger vehicles.

That could be the perfect description for the CX-3 range, which extends from the entry level GLX provided for the test drive all the way up through the GSX models to the top of the range Limited.

Hot property for an entry-level vehicle

For an entry level, the GLX is some hot property. High-riding and fitted with the latest technology, it is city-friendly with its size and extreme manoeuvrability, with bright colour schemes and a striking design including a roof spoiler that gives it plenty of panache — the hallmark of the Mazda marque.

Its 2-litre petrol engine with maximum power of 109kW at 6000 rpm, torque of 192Nm at 2800, is just perfect for its size, as is the SKY ACTIV six-speed automatic transmission which, thanks to features like i-stop, records a miniscule fuel consumption of 6 litres/100km.

A full range of safety features is topped off by a reversing camera, while it is packed with comfort features such as a six-speaker audio system, internet radio integration, and Mazda Connect’s seven inch colour touchscreen display. You can easily add satellite navigation to that by purchasing a chip.

A tilt and telescopic steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat means you are always going to be in the most comfortable driving position, important for a long trip.

Mazda in New Zealand is on a roll. It passed the 10,000 mark for sales last year across all its models and has been recording month-on-month new records including January, with a large percentage going to private buyers.

Once again the CX-3 has more than played its part in that success story. It’s just a case of onwards and upwards.

IF PICKING a winner is one of the guides to buying your next vehicle then the Mazda CX-3 has all the form you could ask for. It seems to have spent most of 2015 collecting awards.

The CX-3 led the way as Mazda collected more than 20 major automotive awards in New Zealand last year, contributing an impressive 10 awards including Fairfax Car of the Year, New Zealand Herald Driven Car of the Year and National Business Review’s Crossover Car of the Year.

In case that list was not enough, the CX-3 won the Automobile Association’s small SUV crossover award.

This was a new category for 2015, reflecting what the respected AA says is the growth of small, high-riding, two and four-door wagon style vehicles with a footprint under 8100 mm, that are offered in front-wheel-driving configuration as well as all-wheel-drive. Small four-cylinder fuel-efficient petrol engines dominate this category, which is enjoying growth as buyers downsize from larger vehicles.

That could be the perfect description for the CX-3 range, which extends from the entry level GLX provided for the test drive all the way up through the GSX models to the top of the range Limited.

Hot property for an entry-level vehicle

For an entry level, the GLX is some hot property. High-riding and fitted with the latest technology, it is city-friendly with its size and extreme manoeuvrability, with bright colour schemes and a striking design including a roof spoiler that gives it plenty of panache — the hallmark of the Mazda marque.

Its 2-litre petrol engine with maximum power of 109kW at 6000 rpm, torque of 192Nm at 2800, is just perfect for its size, as is the SKY ACTIV six-speed automatic transmission which, thanks to features like i-stop, records a miniscule fuel consumption of 6 litres/100km.

A full range of safety features is topped off by a reversing camera, while it is packed with comfort features such as a six-speaker audio system, internet radio integration, and Mazda Connect’s seven inch colour touchscreen display. You can easily add satellite navigation to that by purchasing a chip.

A tilt and telescopic steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat means you are always going to be in the most comfortable driving position, important for a long trip.

Mazda in New Zealand is on a roll. It passed the 10,000 mark for sales last year across all its models and has been recording month-on-month new records including January, with a large percentage going to private buyers.

Once again the CX-3 has more than played its part in that success story. It’s just a case of onwards and upwards.

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