Mazda cx3 vs cx5 car review

The Mazda CX-5 Vs. The Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s innovative engineering and timeless car designs give them a prestigious brand title as a high quality car manufacturer within the motoring industry. Their extensive vehicle portfolio includes two of T W White & Sons favourite Mazda models; the CX-3 and the 2016 WHAT CAR? Best Large SUV winner, the CX-5. If you’re interested in a CX Mazda model it can be difficult to pick the right style. That’s why we’ve put together a helpful comparison of the CX-3 and CX-5, detailing the most important features of each car, enabling you to make an informed decision based on which model matches your preferences.

The Exterior

At first glance it’s obvious that the two cars are Mazda’s because of the iconic Mazda body and design, however these models are very different and more than just resized replicas of each other. The CX-5 has more of a ‘truck like’ design from the side, thanks to its greater interior space which adds a whole other dimension to the look of the exterior. The CX-5 is physically larger and higher up, perfect for those who like to see the road from a higher angle.

On the other hand, the CX-3 is smaller with a much more youthful look, featuring streamlined little kinks along the shoulder line for a sharper finish, narrower headlights and blacked out rear pillars for a sophisticated and eye-catching look.

The Interior

The CX-5 has a slightly dated interior and mirrors the style of the Mazda 6, with an older, smaller built-in sat nav version than the CX-3. However, both interiors are constructed with the finest quality leather seats and steering wheels for ideal comfort and a smooth, sleek finish.

The CX-3 has a striking interior, with asymmetric circular heating ducts and a red leather trim if you choose the top Sport Spec. The front of the CX-3 offers plenty of space, however the boot is 40% smaller than the CX-5 and the back seats of the car are noticeably smaller. If you’ll have passengers riding in the back for short, everyday journeys this would be no bother, but a longer journey may begin to feel too cramped in the back seats.


Mazda CX-5

Body Estate
Engine 1,998 cc
Transmission Manual
Fuel Petrol
Doors 5 doors
Seats 5
0-62 mph 9.20 seconds
Top Speed 124 mph
Drive Front Wheel Drive
MPG 47.10 combined
Co2 Emissions 139 g/km
Tax Cost £130 per year

Mazda CX-3

Body Hatchback
Engine 1,998 cc
Transmission Manual
Fuel Petrol
Doors 5 doors
Seats 5
0-62 mph 9 seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
Drive Front Wheel Drive
MPG 47.90 Combined
Co2 Emissions 137 g/km
Tax Cost £130 per year

The Thrill of Driving

The award winning CX-5 is considered one of the best handling car in its class and doesn’t disregard the quality of the ride to achieve this. With the CX-5 you get the best of both; it drives like a sporty car whilst riding as smoothly as a saloon for a truly pleasurable driving experience.

The CX-3 is without a doubt the best handling car in its class. When you compare the saloon performance drive of the CX-5, the CX-3 has more of a hot hatch performance. If you’re looking for a car that’s the epitome of comfort then consider the CX-5, but if you’re seeking a little more of a driving thrill experience, then the smaller CX-3 is definitely the best choice.


Both cars are positioned at a higher price range in comparison to competitor models, but Mazda fill the car with plenty of useful gadgets and features and at T W White & Sons we sell a selection of new and used Mazda cars for a range of prices.

The starting price for the Mazda CX-5 is from £23,195 with a substantial amount of equipment highlights, including:

  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Integrated Bluetooth
  • 17″ Alloy wheels
  • 7″ Colour touch-screen with MZD-Connect infotainment
  • DAB radio
  • Integrated navigation system with 3-years free European map updates

The CX-3 on the other hand, costs from £17,595 and features:

  • 16-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Cruise Control
  • Electric Windows
  • DAB & Internet Radio

If you choose to go for the top of the range Mazda CX-3 for £22,495 148hp petrol in Sport Nav trim you can indulge in heated seats, climate control, satnav and a Bose audio system, all for only £200 more than the entry level CX-5. The top range CX-5 is priced just below £30,000 but this car does come with almost every feature you could ever want, so we reckon it’s definitely worth it!

So, now you’ve brushed up on your knowledge about the Mazda CX-5 and CX-3, you’ll probably have picked your personal favourite and if you’re considering buying a Mazda CX-5, CX-3 or any other Mazda model we’ve got a large range of New Cars and Used Cars available in our T W White & Sons branches! Pop into one of our branches, drop us an email or give us a call on one of the numbers below for any Mazda related enquiries.

Note: Pricing based on retail sales only, subject to availability for vehicles registered between 01.04.16 and 30.06.16 at participating dealers. T&C apply.