Danie Carolus has been with Mazda East Rand for three years, and during his time, has found a few favourite vehicles. He is especially fond of the CX 3 on review this month, based on it’s great handling ability, it competent engine and (what he calls) an overall brilliant driving experience.

This month I am driving the Mazda CX 3 2.0 litre Individual Auto from Mazda Eastrand; once again, I am enthusiastic about this vehicle as it is currently (in my humble opinion) one of the best-looking crossover SUV’s on the market. I particularly like the attention-grabbing and powerful grille, as well as the sleek and shapely curves that draw your attention to the elegant rear.

On the inside, the CX 3 looks spectacular with high-end finishes and some great leather inlays, colour-coded accents that touch on the vehicles sporty-personality, as well as a lovely circular-design theme which I find aesthetically pleasing. It feels great to sit in the driver’s seat, and there is sufficient head and leg room for me to be comfortable – the driver’s seat itself feels superior in terms of comfort and support. I note the multi-adjustable steering wheel and easy-to-reach (and easy-to-understand) controls. A 7-inch infotainment screen sits high on the dash and is easy to read without distracting you from your task of driving.

Danie, my guide to the CX 3, notes that the new CX 3 range is imbued with advanced safety features that have been noted on a global level for their innovation, and includes Smart City Brake Support, Adaptive LED Headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring. As an enthusiastic traffic-karaoke singer, these systems appeal to my need for being kept focussed. Together with six airbags, ventilated disc brakes, ABS/EBD, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (and a host of other impressive abbreviated features to add to this list), the CX 3 checks all my boxes for a vehicle of above-average safety standards.

As I start the engine, I feel a surge of power (the sound of which is effectively dampened in the cabin, I must note) coming from the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine. Naturally aspirated, the engine cranks out a pleasing 115 kW and 204 Nm of power to the front wheels. Boasting a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the CX 3 shifts through gear changes with ease and minimal fuss, making it one of the slicker gearboxes I have reviewed thus far. Thanks to the Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology, Danie notes that engine efficiency is increased and fuel-consumption is minimised,

The ride in general is smooth and hassle-free, with superb handling as Danie mentioned, and great feedback from the electric power steering. A nice sense of gravity creates the feeling of solid road-holding ability, and both bumper-to-bumper traffic and open freeway were a pleasure to navigate.

Current specials running at the Mazda Eastrand Dealership (as well as standard sales for the CX 3) are inclusive of a 3-year/Unlimited kilometre factory warranty, a 3-year Roadside Assistance plan as well as a 5-year Corrosion Warranty. For more, click on Mazda East Rand


By Desh Pillay Bechan