Big wheels aren’t always better – why the Mazda CX-3 might feel better on smaller-sized wheels

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Despite the CX-3’s 2.0-litre, 118bhp petrol engine, the compact crossover doesn’t feel that comfortable blatting along at motorway speeds.

The key issue here is not a lack of power but an increase in noise as you move up through the six-speed gearbox. There’s some wind input too.

You also might want to consider whether the Sport’s 18-inch alloys and firmer suspension offers a better ride than the 16-inchers offered on other versions.

I think you might find the Sport set up a little on the firm side. This is not a car you can push hard through a tight corner. So perhaps, for once, the lower spec SE model might be a more comfortable choice…

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