A judging panel of experts including leading motoring journalists, industry buyers and residual specialists named the Mazda CX-3 as best compact SUV at the Fleet News Awards.
Having arrived in UK showrooms last summer, Mazda's first small SUV combines Mazda’s Skyactiv technology and Kodo: Soul of Motion design philosophy, and complements the CX-5 in Mazda’s SUV line-up.
Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said “The Mazda CX-3 is a solid all-rounder. It’s stylish and fun to drive, and combines those attributes with strong residuals and competitive running costs.
"As a cost-effective car, the judges felt it is the most appealing in this category.”
Like its big brother the CX-5, the CX-3 can be specified with Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
Both the 105hp Skyactiv-D diesel and 150hp Skyactiv-G petrol engines can be matched to four-wheel drive, while the 120hp front-wheel drive Skyactiv-G petrol is the biggest seller in the line-up.
Fleet customers have accounted for 27% of CX-3 sales to date
Steve Tomlinson, head of fleet at Mazda Motors UK, said: “The CX-3 is a fantastic addition to our fleet line up and I’m confident this award will help raise the profile of our new small SUV among our core end user customers.
"We have one of the newest product ranges in the industry and being able to offer a CX-3 or CX-5 has broadened our appeal in the growing SUV segment.”