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Mazda CX-3 Neo
SUB-compact SUVs – we’re calling them ‘small’ because ‘compact’ now means medium – have sparked the SUV segment in 2015. Honda’s HR-V is another key arrival and finished seventh.
Mazda’s CX-3 is the coolest looking and fun to drive. It also offers the best value. Keen pricing – the Neo starts at $19,990 – works with a resale figure among best in category to make the Mazda unstoppable.
The jacked-up hatch's 6.3L/100km economy is among the misers, though it can’t touch the second-placed Peugeot’s impressive 4.9L/100km.
Never mind that the front-drive CX-3 won’t venture much further off road than a gravel driveway. It’s one of those rare creations that’s trendy yet sensible, and desirable yet affordable. And that makes it a certified Gold Star Value Awards choice.
Peugeot 2008 Active
LIGHTWEIGHT, agile and dynamically sharp, the under-rated 2008 deserves a look-in if you're a keen driver also seeking a surprisingly spacious compact crossover.
And even the outmoded four-speed auto works well in real-life scenarios.
Ford EcoSport Ambiente
ECOSPORT is to Fiesta what CX-3 is to Mazda 2: a fashionable quasi-SUV based on a light hatch. Accordingly, it mirrors the Mazda’s strengths of sharp entry price and great economy, though falls down with a relatively poor resale. It’s a similarly talented steer, but the base 1.5-litre isn’t a patch on Mazda’s 2.0; we’d recommend the turbo-triple Trend.
|Baby SUVs||Mazda CX-3 Neo man 2.0L FWD||Peugeot 2008 Active man||Ford EcoSport Ambiente man 1.5L|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||6.3||4.9||6.5|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||91||95||91|
|Three-year fuel cost||$3596||$2978||$3710|
|Redbook resale (%)||66.8||59.3||59.2|
|AAMI insurance premium||$738||$827||$798|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|