The least costly CX-3, the Neo, rolls on 16-inch steel wheels.
Spend more for the Maxx and you get better looking wheels in an alloy of aluminium, the option of four-wheel drive and the option of diesel power.
The Maxx has a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with Mazda’s MZD Connect entertainment system, and with the music-streaming apps Pandora, Stitcher and Aha embedded. There is satellite navigation, a reversing camera, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The CX-3 sTouring bumps the wheel size to 18 inches, using tyres of a lower profile for more responsive steering on hard surfaces. It has foglamps, LED daytime visibility lamps and LED headlamps – which are brighter and longer lasting than conventional lights. There is a head-up instrument display, which allows the driver to view the speedo and the road simultaneously. You can unlock and start the car while the key remains secure in a pocket or handbag. Wipers operate automatically when a sensor detects rain on the windscreen. The air-conditioning maintains a set temperature.
The most expensive CX-3, the Akari, offers a choice between black or white leather seats, and comes with a power-operated sunroof. Headlamps dim automatically for oncoming traffic, and the car warns if you are drifting out of your lane on a freeway. It also has active safety features from the safety pack that is optional on other versions: a blind-spot monitor; an alert that warns, when reversing, of a vehicle crossing behind; and low-speed automatic emergency braking.