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Rivals

Mazda CX-3

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Mazda CX-3 is a compact crossover competing for sales with a growing number of rivals.  The Nissan Juke was one of the first of this type, but this area of the car market has expanded significantly, so the CX-3 also competes with the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, Renault Captur, Volkswagen T-Roc, Peugeot 2008 and Ford EcoSport.  Even... read more

PROS

  • Sharp styling
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Generous equipment list
  • Interesting interior

CONS

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Small boot on higher-spec models
  • Rear visibility restricted
  • Expensive to buy

Renault Captur

3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Renault Captur is the French manufacturer’s smallest foray in the popular crossover market – a car that is tall and roomy like an SUV, but based on a normal hatchback underneath so it’s easy to drive on the road and relatively cheap to run.  So far the Captur has outdone all its sales targets and become the biggest-selling SUV in this... read more

PROS

  • Easy to drive
  • Eye-catching looks
  • Low running costs
  • Plenty of kit

CONS

  • Relatively small boot
  • Slightly bland engine choices
  • Interior lagging behind class leaders

Toyota Prius Hatchback

4 out of 5 4.0

There’s no escaping the striking, low-slung appearance of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hatchback; whether as standard with low nose and vertical ribbon-shaped lights front and rear or in Plug-in form with its horizontal light design. There remain few players in the hybrid-specific segments of the market with the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro and... read more

PROS

  • Class-leading efficiency
  • Plug-in’s 30-mile EV range
  • Distinctive design
  • Generously equipped
  • Comfortable cabin and ride

CONS

  • Won’t sate keener drivers
  • Pale interior colours may age quickly
  • Getting expensive, especially Plug-in
  • Plug-in only has four seats

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