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Mazda CX-30 Review

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  • Launched in 2019
  • Crossover
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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heycar rating
Classy crossover, fun to drive

Best bits

  • Attractive, left-field choice in a crowded market
  • Great to drive with superb balance of enjoyment and comfort
  • Interior feels totally premium

Not so great

  • Not sold with a diesel engine in the UK
  • Pricier than more popular alternatives
  • It's not the most practical crossover SUV...

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Overall verdict

Mazda CX-30 interior

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Mazda CX-30 won’t suit every buyer but it’s got an awful lot going for it. We think it looks great and the cabin is up there with much more expensive rivals. It’s great to drive too, with direct steering and a comfortable ride. The biggest downside is the limited (diesel-less) engine line-up, while the CX-30’s practicality is nothing to shout about either."

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Some of the best cars on sale are the ones that have no reason to exist at all. Mazda already had the (slightly average) CX-3 - a small crossover rivalling the Nissan Juke and SEAT Arona. The bigger (and better) CX-5, meanwhile, ticked the family SUV box, taking on the Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V.


But then the CX-30 came along in 2019. It slotted between the CX-3 and CX-5 (there are reasons why it wasn’t badged the CX-4, apparently) and ticked the sporty crossover box, in a similar fashion to the Volkswagen T-Roc and Toyota C-HR.


It has all the traits that will make a crossover SUV a success. It combines stylish looks with a relatively affordable price tag and shouldn’t cost the earth to run. It’s also more versatile than a conventional hatchback (in this case, a Mazda 3).


But to suggest that the CX-30 simply ticks all the boxes is doing it a disservice. Its cabin is as good as alternatives from premium manufacturers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz, while it comes loaded with standard equipment. Even the most affordable models on the market don’t feel remotely like they’re more suited to a hire car compound.


The entry-level SE-L models come with the same 8.8-inch navigation system as the rest of the range (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as DAB radio and Bluetooth), as well as rear parking sensors, LED headlights and stylish 16-inch alloy wheels.


The SE-L might be the most affordable version on sale but no CX-30 is cheap. It’s a car that’s in demand, selling in comparatively small numbers and with a high retail price. That means the used market isn’t flooded with them, but you can still save a decent wedge compared to a new example. We’ve seen ex-demonstrator models selling for a little more than £20,000.


The engine line-up is, er, limited. You won’t find a diesel or hybrid here (not a proper hybrid, anyway). There’s a choice of two engines: both 2.0-litre petrols; the Skyactiv-G with 122PS or the 180PS Skyactiv-X. They’re both mild-hybrids (although you’ll struggle to tell the difference), while the Skyactiv-X uses clever spark-controlled compression ignition to provide diesel-like economy. In theory, anyway.


The entry-level engine is gutless but fine for town driving, provided you don’t mind working the engine hard (it lacks punch from low revs compared to turbocharged rivals). The Skyactiv-X has more guts but you pay the price for refinement - it sounds weirdly like a diesel at times.


Engines aside, the Mazda CX-30 is great to drive. It’s easy to place on the road, while it strikes the right balance between sporty handling and comfort. Even on the largest 18-inch wheels, it’ll happily skip over bumpy roads without too much discomfort.


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Mazda Cx 30

2.0 Skyactiv-X MHEV GT Sport 5dr AWD

  • 2020
  • 528 miles
  • Stoneacre Mazda Hull
  • Yorkshire, HU91DH
Price:£25,990
PCP: £392.11/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £392.11, Customer Deposit: £3,898.00, Total Deposit: £3,898.50, Optional Final Payment: £14,274.62, Total Charge For Credit: £5,906.97, Total Amount Payable: £31,896.97, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.88ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mazda CX-30 right for you?

If you want a stylish crossover with a superb cabin and don’t feel the need to impress your neighbours with a premium badge (spoiler alert: they probably won’t care anyway), the CX-30 is an excellent choice. It comes loaded with kit, while a limited options list makes it an easy second-hand purchase. It sells in relatively small numbers so you’re less likely to park next to one at Waitrose compared to, say, a Volkswagen T-Roc.


There are some caveats. If you cover lots of miles, you’d be better looking for a diesel-powered alternative. And if you need a spacious interior, there are much more practical options. If neither of these are an issue, we’d highly recommend the CX-30.


What’s the best Mazda CX-30 model/engine to choose

Neither engine is particularly strong and deciding between them is difficult. The Skyactiv-G is slow, but cheaper to buy and very refined. We also suspect it’ll go on forever with little more than regular maintenance. The Skyactiv-X has a useful amount of extra power, but doesn’t necessarily feel as quick as you might expect. It also loses a bit of the G’s refinement and is a fair chunk pricier to buy.


In terms of trim levels, all are well-equipped. We don’t think you’d be disappointed with the entry-level SE-L, although the SE-L Lux isn’t much more expensive on the used market and brings such niceties as a reversing camera, an electric tailgate and heated front seats. If you want a sportier choice with a plusher cabin, look for one of the Sport Lux or GT Sport models.

What other cars are similar to the Mazda CX-30?

There’s no shortage of good crossover SUVs on the market. Cars like the Kia XCeed, Toyota C-HR and Volkswagen T-Roc are probably the closest alternatives, yet the CX-30 also stacks up against premium rivals like the BMW X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q2. Then there are more staid alternatives like the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq.

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Mazda CX-30 interior

On the inside

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Driving

Mazda CX-30 side profile

How much does it cost to run

Mazda CX-30 head on

Prices, versions and specification

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