Mazda’s CX-3 has been an undeniable success since its launch in 2015, quickly becoming the brand’s second best-selling model in Europe, and it is likely to stay that way after a new updated version of the compact SUV went on sale today [August 31st].

Rivalling the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008, the facelifted compact SUV debuts a new 1.8-litre diesel engine and features an interior redesigned for greater comfort and refinement.

Subtle changes

From the road, the refreshed CX-3 looks very much like the original car, with just the revised grille and darker side pillars giving it away.

Similarly inside, a quick glance would suggest that not much has changed. However, it’s all about small margins and the human eye might not pick up on its subtle but effective amends.

For instance, the cabin has been redesigned around the new electric parking brake, allowing the centre console to flow more elegantly into the dashboard. Meanwhile, the Mazda Multimedia Commander has been moved forward to make it more usable.

Other changes

Comfort is improved with the addition of a padded armrest, while the front seats now feature more supportive high-damping urethane foam cushions. Finally, outside noise is kept at bay by thicker sound isolation in the doors and enhanced rear glazing.

That new engine we mentioned at the start is a Skyactiv-D 1.8-litre diesel unit, and it replaces the 1.5-litre diesel offered in the original CX-3. The idea of introducing a larger engine goes against the current trend of engines getting smaller but Mazda says the new unit is more efficient.

It achieves stronger fuel economy and reduced emissions by adopting rapid multi-stage combustion, new egg-shaped pistons and ultra-high response multi-hole piezo injectors.

Equipment

The revised Mazda CX-3 is being offered in three grades: SE Nav+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ trim.

Aside from the entry-level 121ps SE Nav+, every new CX-3 comes with front LED fog lights and rear privacy glass, while Sport Nav+ models ride on 18-inch silver alloy wheels, with LED headlights, signature LED rear lights and chrome effect front bumper and side trim garnishes.

Prices for the refreshed CX-3 begin at £18,995 for the SE Nav+ model, reaching up to £24,995 for the automatic Sport Nav+.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Compact SUVs have been boomed in popularity in recent years and the very appealing CX-3 is one of the major models driving that trend.”

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