The CX-3 is available in four grades, from SE to Sport Nav, but any way you cut it, this is an expensive car.

An entry-level 2.0-litre petrol model starts at £17,595 and comes with 16in alloys, air-con, electric windows, DAB, cruise control and a 7.0in infotainment screen.

The £600 fee for sat-nav is at the politer end of daylight robbery, and not choosing it will mean you're disadvantaged at resale time

However, that doesn’t plaster over the fact that the cheapest Renault Captur is under £15k and a Nissan Juke under £16k. Even the Skoda Yeti, an altogether larger car, is available for around £500 less in similar petrol form. Our diesel SE-L Nav costs £20,995, but a similarly equipped Yeti SE works out marginally cheaper, while a range-topping Captur costs £200 less.

Our experts suggest that the CX-3’s residual values will be competitive but not outstanding, so unless Mazda subsidises them, PCP deals on the car aren’t likely to make it much more affordable to private buyers.

The CX-3 oil-burner’s fuel economy looks admirable but not exemplary on paper, at a claimed 70.6mpg combined. Our True MPG testers recorded a more impressive 58.6mpg average for the car in real-world testing.

That’s better than the like-for-like return we produced from the equivalent diesel-powered Juke, Yeti, Captur and 2008.

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