If you want a sharply styled crossover with handling to match, the CX-3 should be near the top of your shopping list. It’s based on the fun-to-drive Mazda2 supermini, but arguably looks even better. It’s more practical too, with a boot almost as big as a Golf, and Mazda has an excellent reputation thanks to great reliability. The 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D engine is pleasingly refined, while Mazda has recently introduced G-Vectoring Control to the CX-3 – a system that subtly adjusts torque to improve handling.
Price Ј19,995 to Ј25,595 Trim levels SE Nav, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav Engines 1.5 Diesel (103bhp) Engines 5-door SUV CO2 emissions 105 to 136g/km Combined fuel economy 54.3 to 70.6mpg