Facelifted Mazda CX-3 priced from £18,995

Published 22 August 2018

Mazda has announced prices of its facelifted CX-3 ahead of UK sales starting on 31st August.

Prices start at £18,995 for the two-wheel-drive CX-3 SE Nav powered by the 121PS petrol engine rising to £24,995 for the 150PS petrol Sport Nav+ model with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.

Alongside minor interior tweaks and added technology, the biggest change to the CX-3 range is the addition of a 1.8-litre diesel engine.

Making its debut in the updated Mazda CX-3, the firm's small diesel engine has increased in size from 1.5 to 1.8 litres with a claimed improvement in performance, economy and refinement while also meeting the latest emissions standards.

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Despite the new diesel engine, the majority of UK sales will be the 2.0-litre petrol engine, available in 121PS and 150PS guises.

Cosmetic updates include a new grille, while the side pillar is now darker in colour. For the first time, Mazda's Soul Red Crystal metallic paint is now available on the CX-3.

Bigger revisions have been made inside, where an electric parking brake provides room for a centre console to flow 'more elegently' into the dashboard. The infotainment controller has also been moved forward to make it easier to use.

A console storage box with a padded armrest has also been added, while the front seats are now more comfortable thanks to the use of high-damping urethane foam cushions. The rear seats now have a central armrest with built-in cup holders.

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Refinement levels have also been improved, says Mazda, thanks to upgraded door sill trims, thicker sound insolation in the doors and enhanced rear windows. There's also a thicker cabin headliner.

The CX-3 has always been one of the most engaging crossovers on the market, and the revised model features new coil springs and dampers, along with a new front anti-roll bar. Combine this with a recalibration of the electric power steering, Mazda says the end result is a more consistent weight transfer and improved shock absorption.

Orders for the facelifted Mazda CX-3 will open at the end of August, while a limited edition Sport Black+ model will go on sale on 1st October. Limited to 500 cars, this features a black leather interior, black roof spoiler, mirror caps and metallic paint.

Comments

hissingsid    on 22 August 2018

The noisy unforgiving ride of my CX-3 spoils what is otherwise a good car.
The much needed improvements in sound insulation and suspension will not persuade me to update to the facelifted version, however, as I will not buy a car with an electronic parking brake.
Instead I will be fitting Michelin Cross Climate tyres to my CX-3 and looking into having soundproofing professionally installed. Expensive, but thousands less than the cost of updating.

Dellow Man    on 23 August 2018

Road tested this new engine/model on 18" rims in Sweden. Swedish roads generally far smoother than UK. Suspension still too firm and continuous "droning" noise at any speed from factory fitted Toyo tyre/wheel combination. Agent suggested that they could do a free swap for the 16" wheels from the lesser spec model as this gave a nicer ride and reduced noise.

hissingsid    on 26 August 2018

Try before you buy. My CX-3 is on 16" wheels, still with the original Bridgestone Turanza tyres which have done 10,500 miles. They are the hardest noisiest tyres I have ever experienced in over 50 years driving. I cannot wait to wear them out.

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