Arctic White Solid – £0
While flat white colours can sometimes look a little cheap on plain-looking cars, it works reasonably well on the sharp, contemporary creases of the CX-3. Just to be safe, we’d suggest pairing Arctic white with one of the higher spec models though, just to be sure it doesn’t look too “bargain basement”.
Metallic paint finishes
Crystal White Pearl – £540
The pearl-effect flake in this shade makes it look like a higher quality finish than Arctic white, particularly in bright sunlight. For those rare occasions, the extra £540 outlay will really seem worth it. Just don’t expect to get that money back once you come to sell it.
Jet Black Mica – £540
There are very few cars which look bad in black, and the CX-3 is no exception. Compared to some of the more lively colours in the range, it hides some of the more interesting styling cues though, and you’ll need the air con turned up that little bit higher on a hot summer’s day!
Meteor Grey Mica – £540
Meteor Grey is slightly more distinctive than the majority of grey shades you’ll find in rival manufacturers’ paint palettes. The combination of a mica flake and a subtle hint of blue helps it to really catch the eye in bright light. At £540, it costs the same as the rest of the metallic paint range and should be easy to sell on.
Deep Crystal Blue Mica – £540
A dark metallic blue always tends to add a little class to whichever car it graces. Whether you feel that’s necessary on a small SUV – primarily marketed as fun, lively cars – will come down to personal preference. Still, it’s an inoffensive shade, so residual values should hold up strongly if you go for it.
Titanium Flash Mica – £540
It’s quite fashionable at them moment for cars to be finished in gold and brown shades, and Titanium Flash essentially falls somewhere between the two. It may take your fancy just now, but it would be worth considering that this shade may not be quite so fashionable in a few years time. If that’s the case, you’d be unlikely to see any return on that £540 investment. It’ll be cheap to keep clean, though.
Dynamic Blue Mica – £540
This bright, metallic blue, to our eyes, looks great on a small, funky crossover such as the CX-3. Other manufacturers would tend to agree, with both the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur available in very similar shades.
Ceramic Metallic – £540
Ceramic metallic is a slightly creamy shade of white. It’s not exactly the most original option in the CX-3 range, but it’ll hold its value well when you sell it on.
Soul Red Metallic – £660
We’ve seen Soul Red on everything from the Mazda 6 Estate to the new MX-5 roadster, and we think it looks fantastic on whatever it graces. A bold metallic red, it has a wonderfully deep finish which looks expensive up close.