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Head to Head: Subaru XV Vs Mazda CX-3

What safety features do the the CX-3 and XV get?

Both vehicles have a five-star ANCAP rating and the recent update to the CX-3 have seen the safety features improve to be one of the best in the segment.

The CX-3 gets six airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls and two ISOFIX safety anchors as well as three top-tether points as standard as well as forward autonomous emergency braking (which from 2017 has a camera to go with the radar), meaning it works from 4km/h up to 80km/h. The Neo goes without a reversing camera but the rest of the range has one to go with the MZD Connect. All CX-3s also have reversing AEB whereas only the top-spec XV gets it. CX-3 in Akari spec gets blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition, adaptive LED headlights and front parking sensors.

All models above the entry-level XV 2.0i feature EyeSight which for XV adds lane keeping assist which can actively steer you back into the middle of the lane if it senses you drifting. Also improved is the adaptive cruise control function which, thanks to EyeSight’s better recognition of brake lights, is now more effective. The top-spec XV 2.0i-S adds blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, lane change assist which will warn if you try and move into a lane with a car approaching from behind, rear cross traffic alert and reverse automatic braking. A reversing camera is standard across the range.

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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