Mazda CX-3 in the used car check: strengths and weaknesses

Reducing the Mazda CX-3 to its smart looks doesn’t do it justice. The Japanese small SUV also passed the main inspection at TÜV with flying colors. The most important information for used car buyers from AUTO BILD TÜV report!

Mazda CX-3

Construction time: since 2015
Engines: 105 HP (diesel) up to 150 hp (petrol)
Price: from 10,900 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2015): Four stars

Mazda CX-3

The 120 hp naturally aspirated petrol engine is particularly popular. The all-wheel drive variant plays a supporting role in this country.

That’s him: A Japanese mix of raised small car and SUV coupe. The sharply designed CX-3 has been very popular with Mazda customers for several years. In 2015, the carmaker from Hiroshima, Japan, crossed fashion design with compact dimensions and elevated seats. The fact that no space miracle was created does not bother the customers. They appreciate the proven technology. It comes largely from the Mazda2. The Skyactiv engines are also known from other models of the brand: the 2.0-liter petrol engine (120 to 150 hp) gets by without a turbo, the small 1.5-liter diesel hardly plays a role in this country. The options four wheel drive and automatic there is an extra charge.

Mazda CX-3 in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can: Enrich everyday life with charm and comfort. Short- suits him better than long-distance. And ideally there are only two of you on the road. The trunk format is still okay, but the rear is just cut. When tuning the chassis, dynamics was clearly the trump card. It’s firm and springs dry, in combination with the direct steering CX-3 pleasantly agile. The sober interior style is a matter of taste, fuel consumption is a more serious issue. Stop and go drives the consumption to unpleasant heights; the Skyactiv engines are only reasonably economical with a gentle foot on the accelerator.

This is annoying: The slack upholstery of the front seats looks far too thin in the long run. The abundant hard plastic parts are not always free of resonance. The infotainment chapter, which has become increasingly important, is also mixed: the system’s starting process and response times are meager. Has many criticisms Mazda at the facelift picked up in 2019. On this occasion, a new 1800 series turbo diesel with 115 hp in accordance with the clean emission standard Euro 6 d TEMP was also added to the range.

TÜV verdict

landing gear
The small crossover completed this chapter almost flawlessly: Regardless of whether it was axle suspension, axle springs, damping, drive shafts or steering system – the young one Mazda proves to be very reliable in all respects. There are no rust problems either.

The only problem chapter: taillights and turn signal system do not provide any reason for complaints, but with the front lighting it is seen more often than average grim the end.
Here, too, there is hardly any reason for criticism. Brake hoses and lines are in perfect condition, and the function and effectiveness of the brakes on the test bench do not give any reason for a note in the defect report. The brake discs are also of the durable variety, but the CX-3 also not a frequent driver car.
Another impeccable chapter: Oil loss in only one of 1000 vehicles, the slightest AU problems. The exhaust systems are tight and work – obviously, savings were not made at the wrong end here.

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