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Engine and Drive Train Variant Driveability - Manual/Auto, Petrol/Diesel, FWD/AWD
Long time lurker, first time poster here. I've fallen completely and utterly in love with the Mazda CX-3. I'm counting down the days until I can purchase what is essentially my ideal car. In the meantime, I've got a question for current owners and prospective buyers alike.
I am in Australia and lucky enough to have access to all five engine and drive-train variants of the CX-3 (FWD M P, FWD A P, AWD A P, FWD A D & AWD A D). In a way this is a gift as I know a bunch of you guys in the US are holding out for a manual variant, but it's put me in quite a predicament; I don't know which to choose!
I've only ever driven a manual car and came into the market set on another manual transmission - didn't even consider cars that didn't have this option. However, after my extended research into the options, I'm now leaning towards an AWD diesel variant as I feel this might better suit my needs. I do a lot of towing for work; 150-200 kilometers every week (only light <500kgs) and consistently do lengthy road trips around the country. The car would also be used for daily commutes of about 15 minutes each way.
I've read so much on the differences in fuel efficiency, servicing costs, purchasing costs, resale value and facts and figures about the specifications of Petrol vs Diesel, and FWD vs AWD, but you know what, nobody ever talks about the driveability of the variants.
That's why I would like to ask, if price wasn't a factor and you could choose freely (or choose again); which engine and drive train variant would you choose and why? What is your variant like to drive?