- P11D Value:£22,175
- Company car tax band: 26%
- BIK tax: £96 (20%) / £192 (40%)
- Five-door Compact SUV
- 105ps/270Nm, 1.5-litre 4cyl diesel/6-spd manual box
- Economy (comb)/CO2: 70.6mpg/105g/km
- Performance: 10.1sec/110mph
What is it?
THE market is full of compact SUVs, so you need something different to stand out. And that’s where the distinctive Mazda CX-3 comes in.
What Mazda has done is create a fine looking machine that promises is a more entertaining drive than many of its run-of-the-mill rivals.
Following Mazda’s ‘Kodo: Soul of Motion’ design philosophy, the Mazda CX-3 is full of sharp lines and sensuous curves, making this compact SUV appear far bigger. The distinctive design follows on inside the car, with a cabin that’s driver focused and subtly stylish.
There’s a limited range of engine options, but they’re well matched to the car. Private buyers will favour the 120ps petrol engine, with a more powerful 150ps AWD version also available. Company car drivers covering any distance will appreciate the torquey 1.5-litre diesel, with its 105hp and 70.6+mpg economy.
Benefit in kind company car tax starts from £96 on this Sport Nav model with two-wheel drive.
The Mazda CX-3 range has a company car tax banding starting from 26% with benefit in kind company car tax from £86 a month for a 20% tax payer.
Verdict on the Mazda CX-3 105ps 2WD Sport Nav
Mazda’s decision to go its own way and create a stylish compact SUV has paid dividends. Mazda has nailed the brief and created something that stands out from the me-too designs of its rivals.
Hyundai’s Kona and the Volkswagen T-Roc get close in design terms, but can’t match the enthusiastic nature of the Mazda CX-3. It stops short of being sportscar-like, but it’s as engaging to drive as the best of its competitors.
The diesel engine lacks a little punch, but the economy of 70.6mpg is the plus side along with a BIK company car tax band of just 26%. A lengthy equipment list, excellent comfort, and just enough practicality to be viable as a family car add strength to the offering.