Head to Head: Subaru XV Vs Mazda CX-3
So, which one wins and why?
This is both an easy one and a difficult decision at the same time. In all areas, except for boot space with the back seats folded down, the XV wins hands down over the CX-3, especially where these top-spec all-wheel drive models are concerned. But, there will be those who argue that the XV is bigger and so it isn’t a fair comparison… So, what do I think?
For me, the XV is the better buy at this top end simply because it’s a little bit bigger, matches the CX-3 for safety features, but is more versatile thanks to its permanent all-wheel drive system and X-Mode, not to mention its ground clearance. More than that, it’s connectivity is better than the CX-3 and it looks more like you expect a compact SUV to look; with a touch of ruggedness the CX-3 can’t match.
That said, there is a lot more variety in the CX-3 range than in the XV line-up, from two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive petrols to two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive diesel variants. And this variety means you can get into a CX-3 for a lot less than you can an XV. But, when comparing like with like, it’s the XV that takes the win.