Mazda introduced its newest small SUV this week, the CX-30. Mazda has not been immune to the bloodbath suffered by the car industry over the last few years.
Sales are down 2.3%, but Mazda retains 2nd spot on the Australian top 10 with 9.3% market share.
Mazda has chosen the new naming system to signify a new design direction, new platform, and a fresh new generation of product.
Model range consists of of Pure, Active, Touring, and Astina with FWD and AWD versions of the top 2.
From the sleek LED headlight array, to the shimmering side profile, CX-30 looks classy.
Clever design tricks conceal a spacious interior within a space efficient body. Black sections along the lower body create an impression of a slimmer shape.
Metalwork has had edges and corners rounded off, then garnished with chrome. 18” wheels on the top model fill the wheel arches nicely, and door handles have the smart entry system built in.
Side profile seems slim, with a low roof while ensuring the cabin has enough headroom even for taller occupants.
The CX-30 cabin continues a segment-leading feel of quality.
Surfaces are soft, with a stitching effect on dash and doors. Switch gear is simple to use, and on the steering wheel, has an updated look.
Between the front seats is a centre console with cup holders and a command centre for audio and vehicle functions. Controls are split between a command wheel that doubles as a joystick, and a series of buttons and switches.
Some of the plastic is a little too shiny, which might reflect bright light under the right conditions.
The driver’s seat has powered adjustment, with both front passengers having seat heating. Soft leather covers the “S” shaped pews. Body contouring keeps passengers comfortable, even after many hours of travel.
Boot space is generous at around 422L, which includes an underfloor section. All CX-30s have a space saver spare.
Mazda has standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto in addition to standard Bluetooth streaming. Handsfree use includes music, navigation and messaging, as well as other smart phone functions. You can stream internet-based music too.
The Bose system has deep rich sound, and includes DAB+ radio. It is controlled through a landscape floating tablet on the top of the dash. There is navigation, and vehicle settings, as well as further settings and information in the driver instrument LCD.
In addition, the driver has a Heads Up Display projected on to the windscreen. Information can be displayed tailored to driver taste.
Drive and Engine
CX-30 comes with a 6-speed automatic (with paddles shifters), 2 engines, and either front, or All-Wheel-Drive. AWD models arrive in March.
75% of sales are expected to be the 2.0L 114kw/200Nm, and 25% 2.5L 139kw/252Nm. Both engines run on E10 or 91ron fuel, with AWD being available in Touring and Astina 2.5 models. Those models also have cylinder deactivation to further increase economy. Our Astina G25 gets a decent 6.6L/100k.
It is worth noting AWD models have a 48L fuel tank, with FWD CX-30s having an extra 3L capacity.
All models have hill start assist and i-Stop.
CX-30 drives like a car far sportier than the looks would have you believe.
Steering is sharp, well-calibrated electric power steering. Handling has been optimised to suit the MacPherson Strut front end and Torsion Bar rear end. Torsion bar suspension can be choppy in corners, but Mazda has taken care of that.
Sport mode gives the transmission and throttle extra pep so city sprints are dispatched easily. Highway touring is a pleasure with a cabin that is quiet and serene.
Mazda has ditched manuals in most models, which accounted for less than 5% of sales.
- Blind Spot monitor
- Driver monitor
- Active cruise control
- Smart braking
- High beam assist
- G-vectoring plus
- Active lane assist
- Isofix and Top Tether
- Front cross traffic alert
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Seat belt warning
- Traffic sign recognition
- Keyless entry, Smart Entry/start
- Classy interior
- Heads Up Display
- Excellent riade and handling
- Some plastic too shiny
- No turbo models or manual transmissions
- 2.0L engine not quite zippy enough
CX-30 is an excellent all-rounder. It fills a space between CX-3 and CX-5 in a market that is crowded with offerings. There is more than enough space for 4 adults, plus their associated detritus, in comfort.
Handling and ride is a benchmark exceeded only by the premium feel of the cabin.
For people who don’t like the angular look of a Golf, and want a reliable drivetrain, CX-30 can’t be bettered.
There is a good reason Mazda is number 2 in the Australian Top Ten car makers.
Facts and Figures: 2020 Mazda CX-30
- Price: $41,490 MLP*
- Engine: 2.5L
- Power: 135kw/252Nm
- Econmy:6.6 L/100k
- Transmission: 6 speed automatic
- Origin Japan
*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.
|Grade||Manufacturer’s List Price|
|G20 Pure FWD||$29,990|
|G20 Pure FWD with Vision Technology||$31,490|
|G20 Evolve FWD||$31,490|
|G20 Evolve FWD with Vision Technology||$32,990|
|G20 Touring FWD||$34,990|
|G20 Touring FWD with Vision Technology||$36,290|
|G25 Touring FWD||$36,490|
|G25 Touring FWD with Vision Technology||$37,790|
|G25 Touring AWD||$38,490|
|G25 Touring AWD with Vision Technology||$39,790|
|G20 Astina FWD||$38,990|
|G25 Astina FWD||$41,490|
|G25 Astina AWD||$43,490|
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Mazda CX-30 is an excellent all-rounder. It fills a space between CX-3 and CX-5 in a market that is crowded with offerings. There is more than enough space for 4 adults, plus their associated detritus, in comfort.