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Head to Head: Subaru XV Vs Mazda CX-3

What’s the boot space in the CX-3 and XV like?

When Subaru designed the XV it benchmarked it against both the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Qashqai. Both those vehicles are top sellers in the segment and both sit at opposite ends of the size spectrum.

The boot shows the most sacrifice of space (thanks to the Mazda2 platform), with a small 264 litres available (far less than, say, the Honda HR-V’s 437 litres or Nissan Qashqai’s 430 litres), but thankfully the rear seats split-fold 60:40 and increase space to 1174 litres. The boot opening doesn’t offer a great amount of width either, so loading a set of golf clubs in the boot would be a challenge.

Interestingly, the CX-3 manages to trump the XV with its seats folded down. The boot measures 310 litres with the back seats up and 765 litres with them folded down. Now, this isn’t a huge space and this is probably the only area where I think Subaru should focus a little more attention… if the boot was nudging 400 litres it would be handier for a family of four.

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Tarquin Farquhar the 3rd
Tarquin Farquhar the 3rd
4 years ago

The CX-3s packaging is so bad, that it is an automatic fail for me.

4 years ago

Agree Scooby is a better deal and can handle the rough stuff to some degree. The Mazda is for Singles who likes the idea of the outdoors but never go there. Still if it is style you are after ,the Mazda is the one. Subaru should bring more flash to there shapes. It just does not looks as good as they really are ,mechanical wise. And again ,who is that a#@H!?* who decided all interiors should be BLACK?

Ben Aubrey
Ben Aubrey
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred

Well most other interior colours look rubbish

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober