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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Mazda puts sticker on updated CX-3

Externally and underneath the bonnet, the CX-3 remains unchanged

Dropped from select European markets last month, but staying on in South Africa, Mazda, as part of an extensive product specification overhaul, has now confirmed revised pricing of the ever popular CX-3.

Last updated in 2018, the comparatively minor updates include a new eight-inch MZD Connect infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the entry-level Active model, wireless smartphone charging on the Individual and Hikari trim grades, and a new colour called Platinum Quartz.

Up front, the normally aspirated 2.0 SkyActiv-G petrol engine remains the only option available with outputs of 115kW/206Nm.

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As before, a six-speed manual gearbox comes standard on the Active and Dynamic with the option, a six-speed automatic, being the sole choice for the Individual and Hikari.

Claimed fuel consumption is 6.9 L/100 km for the manual and 6.3 L/100 km for the automatic with respective top speeds of 202 km/h and 197 km/h.

In terms of specification, the entry-level Active, while retaining a conventional dashboard mounted LCD audio display, comes as standard with the following:

  • folding electric mirrors;
  • 16-inch alloy wheels;
  • cruise control;
  • four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB;
  • multi-function steering wheel;
  • all around electric windows;
  • push-button start;
  • Hill Hold Assist;
  • six airbags;
  • ABS with EBD and EBA;
  • Dynamic Stability Control

Building on the Active, the Dynamic swaps the manual air-conditioning for a fully automatic system and the four-speaker audio for a six-speaker system. In addition, it also receives:

Mazda CX-3 update South Africa
Rear facia has also stayed as is
  • leather covered steering wheel and gear lever;
  • keyless entry;
  • auto on/off headlights;
  • daytime running LEDs;
  • front and rear armrests;
  • rain sense wipers;
  • second USB port;
  • rear parking sensors
  • paddle shifters on automatic models

Stepping-up further, the Individual boasts full-LED headlights, a reverse camera and sunroof, as well as:

  • auto folding mirrors;
  • leather seats;
  • 18-inch alloy wheels;
  • Heads-Up Display;
  • seven-speaker Bose sound system;
  • integrated satellite navigation

At the top of the range, the Hikari comes equipped with adaptive LED headlights, model specific 18-inch alloy wheels and an extensive array of safety and driver assistance system comprising:

Mazda CX-3 update South Africa
All model bar the entry-level Active receive the new eight-inch MZD Connect infotainment system
  • Blind Spot Monitoring;
  • Pedestrian Detection;
  • Driver Attention Alert;
  • Lane Departure Warning;
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert


As before, all models are covered by a three-year/unlimited km warranty as well as a three-year/unlimited km service plan.

  • CX-3 2.0 Active – R367 900
  • CX-3 2.0 Active AT – R388 900
  • CX-3 2.0 Dynamic – R403 100
  • CX-3 2.0 Dynamic AT – R417 900
  • CX-3 2.0 Individual AT – R482 100
  • CX-3 2.0 Hikari AT – R501 800

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