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Car of The Year finalist: Mazda CX-3


We have been focusing on the South African Car of The Year finalist over the past few weeks, and this week we are going to take a closer look at the Mazda CX-3, a contender some tend to forget about.

Here are some of our reasons why you need to pay attention to the CX-3 and why it is a worthy finalist for the competition.

The compact crossover SUV offers all the essentials that individuals look for in a car; a design that offers quality and style. The CX-3 has been developed solely with the customer's ease-of-use in mind as well as the responsive driving feel that Mazda strives. In addition, it was also developed to suit customer's creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors.

Incorporating Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, the CX-3 boasts a number of styling touches we are at Autodealer quite like, such as the sculpted flowing lines, its bold face cabin, side mouldings and high beltline which adds to its go-anywhere character.

Like all new Mazdas, the CX-3 is driver oriented and driving focused. Behind the wheel, it offers class-beating adjustability to make the experience a pleasure for people of all sizes. We also found the cabin to be luxurious and the materials used are that of quality.

Under the bonnet, customers can expect to find the brand's 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine. Mazda has worked on improving the cohesion between power and economy and as such, the engine produces 115 kW and 204 Nm while only consuming fuel from a claimed 6.5-litres /100 km.

Buyers can also choose from either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, which offer smooth yet responsive shifts especially the latter,  which boasts a Sport mode to extract the absolute maximum out of the engine's list of talents

The CX-3 does face some stiff competition but being chosen as a finalist is a great accomplishment in itself. We like the CX-3, will the COTY judges share our thoughts?

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