Picked up my CX3 today and went for my first drive. I really luv the dynamic blue with the back trim and black wheels this car looks good!
I played around with the Mazda connect system, my phone and my wifes phone connected first time, played music, used the voice activation to make calls and to ask for navigation to set location i.e. home.
The MZD system has the best usability I have come across and I know a bit in this area as I design IT Self Service web portals. Keyless start with auto lights easy to adjust speedo heads up display, Im impressed and I havent even pressed the start button...
I drove to the Royal National Park on the outskirts of Sydney a very hilly and twisty road it was 8pm no traffic time for some fun. I was thinking I'll stick it in sport but I was enjoying myself and concentrating on all those blind hairpins I didnt even think about the sport setting.
My impressions were how well it sat on the road and how well weighted the steering felt if felt like I was driving a hatchback not a compact SUV, the power from the 2.0 ltr and the auto 6 speed handle the hills effortlessly it didnt feel like it was hunting for a gear like some auto's can, on the hairpins it wanted me to push it a little more.
The headlights are amazing my wife kept asking why I had high beam on so when I did flick it on wow good lights.
I found it really easy to make adjustments to my music whilst driving didnt have to take my hands off the wheel, all the controls are within easy reach the dash well lit at night everything is nice and clear without being over the top.
This is a really well balance package and to me drove more like a small hatch than some small hatches Ive driven. There was some road noise but we are on low profile tyres with 18" wheels and anyway I like my music loud.
Im a heavier guy 5, 10 I found the seats supportive with just enough cushioning to hold me in place during the twisty bits.
So my first impressions were I was pleasantly surprised by the handling, the 2.0 petrol definitely has the zoom zoom, I think the balance of power/torque with the handling ability are a great match it doesn't feel underpowered in any way and if anything I would say it had a sporty feel.
I travelled 60km approx over very twisty and hilly roads my fuel avg 9.5 per 100 for this trip and I was very heavy footed.
Luv this car