Mazda CX-3 - best small 4x4s

Mazda’s smallest SUV comes in the shape of the CX-3 and it’s a tempting offering

There are more spacious 4x4s in this list than the Mazda CX-3 but few are more fun to drive. Even with the 1.8-litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine, you can have plenty of fun behind the wheel of a CX-3. This is mainly down to the stiff, lightweight bodyshell and the communicative steering. 

Four-wheel drive is available on the CX-3 if you spec the Sport Nav+ model with a 2.0-litre 148bhp petrol with either a six-speed automatic or manual. Updates in 2018 have made the CX-3 more refined on long journeys too with added sound deadening and a tweaked suspension. 

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The Mazda CX-3 doesn’t have much space in the boot and in top-spec Sport Nav guise, the Bose sound system cuts boot space even further. Rear passenger space isn’t great for adults either, but occupants in the front will be well catered for with a functional and classy cabin. There’s plenty of technology with sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB standard across the range.

Best small 4x4s to buy now



    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca

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