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Sportier take on Mazda’s effective crossover formula

Mazda CX-30 SUV (19 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,755 - £33,450
Lease from new From £307 per month
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 47.9 mpg
Road tax cost £145
New

PROS

  • Gorgeous design
  • Well-built and highly equipped interior
  • Comfortable and good to drive

CONS

  • Monthly pricing yet to be disclosed
  • Petrol engines sluggish
  • Small boot

Written by Murray Scullion on

Surprises are few and far between in the modern motor industry, but the new Mazda CX-30 crossover is one such rarity.

Not because it exists – Mazda had already announced that a new crossover range slotting between the established CX-3 and CX-5 ranges would debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show – but rather its name. Logic suggested it would have been badged CX-4, given its positioning, but instead it’s called CX-30. That’s mainly because a CX-4 already exists in China and the number ‘four’ sounds like ‘death’ in native Japan – something not particularly appealing in Mazda’s home market.

What exactly is the 2019 Mazda CX-30?

Size-wise the CX-30 slots between the CX-3 and CX-5, but the rear of the newcomer is more tapered and coupe-like, emphasising a sportier ethos for this crossover.

2019 Mazda CX-30 rear static

Its styling shares themes with the recently introduced Mazda 3 Hatchback, on which this car is based. It's awash with clean surfaces and there's very little in the way of fussiness. It's elegant and sleek, while little details like pulsating indicator lights add to the visual drama.

Mazda's European Design Director, Jo Stenuit, told Parkers that the design is a tale of two halves. "The car is a vehicle for a young, dynamic family. The styling is split; it's sleek at the top, with plastic cladding underneath."

The unpainted plastic cladding on the lower extremities of the CX-30's bodywork makes it look sufficiently like a grown-up crossover. Regardless, it has quite a few direct rivals, in part because not many other brands offer smaller SUV coupes and also because Mazda has premium aspirations.

Anything including the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X2 and Volkswagen T-Roc could be considered alternatives.

Small but effective engine range

The CX-30 only has two engines on offer, both of which are petrol.

At the entry-level, there's the brand's standard petrol engine. It's badged Skyactiv-G (Skyactiv being a brand name for Mazda's latest engines, and 'G' standing for gasoline) and produces 122hp. It's paired to a mild-hybrid system, though most drivers are unlikely to notice any electrical assistance. It's smooth and sweet-revving, but rather slow and best limited to town use.

Then there's the Skyactiv-X. Like the G, it's a 2.0-litre that does without a turbocharger. The X is more powerfu, more economical, and cleaner than the G because of some clever engine tech that allows it to work like a diesel. In isolation it works well, but compared to smaller turbocharged engines found in the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc and SEAT Ateca, it feels a bit breathless.

Impressive interior lifted from 3 hatch

Sharing most of its interior fittings with the impressive Mazda 3 hatchback means that the CX-30 is off to a great start. While it's not the roomiest of crossovers, it creates a sense of space by being uncluttered. It's plush inside, with high-quality materials, a straightforward design and a super-crisp and clear infotainment screen.

2019 Mazda CX-30 interior

Impressively, Mazda's eschewed the use of a touchscreen for this system and instead relies on a rotary controller. We think this is a great move, as touchscreens can be tricky and at times unsafe to operate while on the move.

Pricing

Prices for the CX-30 start from £22,895 for two-wheel-drive manual SE-L models and rise to £33,495 for GT Sport Tech automatics.

Finance prices are yet to be confirmed.

The CX-30's trim structure is similar to the Mazda 3 hatch. Trim levels go in this order: SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport, and GT Sport Tech.

Click through below to read more of our Mazda CX-30 review.