In this review...
- Engine & Performance
- Price in the Philippines
- Pros & Cons
Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: A great city-friendly size crossover
Do you know how do Mazda engineers build a crossover (the Mazda CX3 in this case)?
For starters, they work on driving dynamics and make their car as fun-to-drive as possible. After that, they give it a “heart” which is very efficienct, strong and provide enough power for its size. Lastly, they wrap all that engineering in a stylish and polish coat.
The Mazda CX3 2018 is a charming and playful workhorse
Yes, it’s exactly what the Japanese brand did when planning out its seductive CX3. And surely, the result is a charming and playful workhorse. Better still, in the updated model, the company even gives the crossover G-Vectoring control which promises to bring more interesting driving experience on the road. Curious about the new CX3?
Let’s find out together in this full-scale Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines review by Philkotse.com.
Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: Exterior
Once you peer at a B-segment crossover of Mazda, you can’t help taking your eyes off of it, to be frank. Being a fan of Mazda also means you’re a fan of KODO – Soul of Motion that we already defined in our Mazda CX5 review. This design language also makes the CX3 an alluring little crossover to look at. How tiny it is when seen in the metal!
Once you peer at a B-segment crossover of Mazda, you can’t help taking your eyes off of it
From bumper to bumper, the vehicle puts in sport utility from a design point of view. The front fascia is prominent with sharp lines boosted by a massive grille. The fenders are noticeable styling cues that come with lines and creases to be sleek yet Mazda engineers did not overdo it. On top of that, the unpainted plastic cladding also perfectly matches to the bodywork.
From bumper to bumper, the vehicle puts in sport utility from a design point of view
Coke-bottle window line, strikingly, is a nice throwback to the past.
On the whole, the CX3 is a cohesive piece of design harmoniously blending aggression and svelte. It is daring, if I must choose a word to depict that look.
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Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: Interior
Step inside and throw yourself into the driver’s seat and feel what this driver-oriented cabin gives you. The dash wraps around you while the high window line makes it feel like you are hunkered down in the seat no matter what driving position you set it to.
Step inside and throw yourself into the driver’s seat and feel what this driver-oriented cabin gives you
Materials are almost fine, but for hard plastic on the doors and dash. Thankfully, areas where you put your hand most often are wrapped in sold and high quality materials.
Offering enough room for 5 persons but the Mazda CX3 is truly not the most spacious crossover out there. Worse still, the accommodations are tight in there. If you’re fairly tall, your knees could hit the front seat, trust me. More than that, the rear seats are a token and it should be for use only when really needed. Toe room is likewise insufficient. As for cargo space, you should only store light groceries or two overnight bags at most. How ironic granted, it's a crossover.
Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: Accessories
The Mazda CX3 2018 interior is minimalist, no, familiar is more exact. It’s quite akin to the Mazda2 cabin, right down to the circular air vents. Certainly, a signature floating screen is still outstanding on the center part of the dashboard that is reminiscent of a bit of a European vehicle vibe. More specifically, the rotary dial in the center console seems to remind us of a certain German auto marques.
Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
Though the cockpit is not appreciated, the “heart” under the sheet metal has compensated for that. Motivating the baby crossover is a 2.0L power plant with the brand’s SkyActiv-G technology. With total power and torque of 148 PS and 198 Nm, the Mazda CX3 is one of the most powerful B-segment crossovers out in local auto market today. Power is fed to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Leaving the self-shifter aside, it features the qualities of a sporty ride.
Motivating the baby crossover is a 2.0L power plant with the brand’s SkyActiv-G technology
As mentioned earlier, the CX3 possesses one of the best electronic power steering systems in the current market – G-Vectoring control. There's feedback and feel when you start to turn the wheel that is a refreshing feeling that over-boosts steering assists. This machine will inform you where the wheels are pointed the whole time with little to no numbness. In generally, the 2018 CX-3 is more hatchback than crossover when it comes to handling.
Thanks to an AWD and smart torque management systems, the handling is imperturbable. It won’t make you disappointed when bringing it up winding roads secure, it just gives up grip. Correspondingly, the G-Vectoring will help you back out the corner while the AWD system will make you stay planted. Definitely, the involving and secure drive signifies that the ride is on the firm side. Still, it is by no means spine busting and, by contrast, is very daily drive friendly.
The CX3 possesses one of the best electronic power steering systems in the current market
In spite of the fact that this CX3 is an AWD model, it is more advisable not to stray too far off the rugged terrains. Due to a not-very-high ground clearance, a quick ride along a dirt path sees the front facet coming hazardously close to the ground. One more thing to keep in mind is that it’s better not to let it go off-roading unless you want it to confront high speed bumps in Bonifacio Global City.
The 2.0L’s power delivery is active as it names evokes. Its small size might make you see the CX3 as a hot hatch, but actually, there is a large-capacity engine under the hood propelling the little car to help it easily pass and merge on main roads. Even, just a light foot on the accelerator is enough to top out highway speeds.
The fuel economy is impressive owing to a light body. In heavy traffic, it has decent fuel consumption of 8.2 km/L at an average speed of 16.0 km/h. As you see, a big engine does not always mean poor fuel efficiency.
Mazda CX3 2018 Price in the Philippines
The Mazda CX3 2018 is a recommended vehicle to shortlist if you're in the market for a handsome and fun-to-drive crossover. Nonetheless, at P1,600,000, it appears not to be a car for the money in its segment.
|2018 Mazda CX-3 Pro 2WD
|2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport 2WD
|2018 Mazda CX-3 Activ AWD
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Mazda CX3 2018 Specs in the Philippines
|Mazda CX-3 2.0 AWD Activ AT
|Number of Doors
|Number of Seats
|Engine & Performance
|Number of Cylinders
|Number of Valves
|SkyActiv-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode
|148 hp @ 6,000 rpm
|192 Nm @ 2,800 rpm
|Features & Technologies
|Front Parking Sensors
|Rear Parking Sensors
|Push Start Button
|Wheels Metal Type
|Electronic Automatic Single-Zone Temperature Control
|Electric Adjustable Seats
|Steering Wheel Audio Control
|i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system
|Tire Pressure Monitoring
Mazda CX3 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Mazda CX3 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
- Impressive styling
- Improved aerodynamics
- Better capabilities
- A bit cramped rear row
- AWD could have improved the capabilities
Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines: Verdict
Nice-looking, agile, flexible and fuel efficient are enough to negotiate whatever road you want to take
At the end of the day, hope this newest stunningly seductive B-segment crossover of the Mazda Skyactiv family has made you fulfilled. Nice-looking, agile, flexible and fuel efficient are enough to negotiate whatever road you want to take. If you don’t mind the price, the Mazda CX3 2018 Philippines is certainly a right choice.