Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 Comparison

Kia Stonic
Kia Stonic

Maxda CX-3
Mazda CX-3

This is Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 comparison for 2021. Using the same design concept both are small ‘SUV’ based on hatchbacks and they are all in the same size class. While the Stonic is a new model the CX-3 has been around for years and it was arguably the cheapest small SUV on sale far a little while. Is the Stonic better than the CX-3?

Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 exterior comparison: No matter how you look at it the Sonic is clearly a high rise version of the Kia Rio with the obligatory plastic cladding. It’s not bad to look at just a little old and derivative 2021. The Mazda CX-3 is similar to the Mazda2 it is based on and design hasn’t changed much since release and it still looks like a relatively newish design that still looks more expensive than it is – even ignoring model grade garnishes.

Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 interior comparison: The Stonic is a decent place to be in but it does constantly remind you that it is base model – regardless of model grade. In comparison the CX-3 has a great interior, it looks and feels like a more expensive car than you expect. Hard plastics are hidden in plain sight really well. Adding the interior option packs or buying a higher model grade gives a noticeable improvement in look and feel. However the CX-3 interior is a little tight.

Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 engine and technology comparison: The CX-3 has decent engine options, safety packs – it pretty much the bench mark in the class for overall tech and engines. The omission of the diesel engine in 2021 makes the pricing initial appear odd… The Stonic has a few short falls in comparison with the cheaper interior, exterior design, engines and transmissions. That said it should be enough to last for the 7 year warranty but will the tranny give up before then? No one knows at the moment.  Neither are fast cars but the Stonic is clearly sluggish.

Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 drive report : N/A

The conclusion and winner of the Kia Stonic Vs Mazda CX-3 comparison is the CX-3. The CX-3 may be the older model in the comparison but it doesn’t look it inside or on the road. In comparison only the top range Stonic has any chance of impressing but it is overpriced compared to the CX-3. Although the CX-3 has a wider gap that gap includes notable features like AWD, adaptive cruise control, full glass roof, Nappa and electric seats. These features are not exactly essential but at least they are more than just a bunch of plastic adds on on the Stonic. Yes, we all agree that the Stonic has an odd set of specs and unjustified high pricing for this market.

Kia Stonic Mazda CX-3
3 Cylinder – Petrol
1.00 Litre (998cc)
Claimed 74Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 172Nm @ 1500RPM
IL4 Cylinder Petrol
2.0 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 109Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 192Nm @ 2800RPM
4 Cylinder turbo diesel
1.4 Litre (1368cc)
Claimed 74Kw @ 3800RPM
Claimed 133Nm @ 1750RPM
IL4 cylinder Diesel
1.5 Litre (1499cc)
Turbo-charged – DI – CR
Claimed 77kW @ 4000RPM
Claimed 270Nm @ 1600RPM
Kerb weight FROM 1160Kg
Towing capacity up to 900Kg
From Approx Kerb weight 1200 Kg
Towing capacity up to 1200kg
Fuel capacity & consumption
Up to 45 litres
IL3 1.0 Turbo Petrol 5.4 litres per 100km
IL4 1.4 Petrol 6 litres per 100km
Up to 44 litres
2.0 litre Petrol: 6.7 litres per 100km
1.5 Litre Diesel: 5.1 litres per 100km
Other specifications
6 Speed Auto or Manual + 7 Speed Auto DCT
Overall height/width 1520/1760
Overall length/wheelbase 4140/2580
4WD system: None
ANCAP Safety: x/x
6 speed Auto or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1550/1765
Overall length/wheelbase 4275/2570
Drive system: On demand AWD or 2WD
Tyre size: 215-50-18 215-60-16
NCAP safety rating 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 183 mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 180 mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
2021 $23,490 – 30,490 AUD 2020 $24,650 – 38,450 AUD
2019 $21,790 – 37,290 AUD
2017 $20,500 – 37,490 AUD
*Specs change due to model grade and configuration. Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!