Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Interesting doors take some getting used to
  • Rear room isn't particularly generous
  • Visibility for rear-seat passengers is poor

Swing open the Freestyle doors, and if you've ever seen an RX-8, you'll understand the thought process - this is a sporty (looking) coupe, for keen drivers, with a nod to family requirements.

However the MX-30 is not quite as focused on the driver, though the front is still the best place to be. The interior is well-trimmed - but the rear bench is as bench-like as they come, flat and defined by contrasting colours, rather than a bolstered and grippy design more associated with sporty cars.

Access is amazing - popping toddlers into child seats with this will be a breeze, thanks to the lack of pillar and comfortable height - and for grown-up passengers, there's space for two average height adults sitting one behind the other. The front seats have deeply-sculpted backs, so there's more knee room than you expect.

However, it's still pretty claustrophobic as the window in the rear door is like peering out of a porthole. There's an extra window to let more light in, but you don't get the expansive views you might want for your rear-seat passengers.

If you don't care about how those in the back are doing, you can enjoy the clean lines of the dashboard and the cork trim without feeling guilty. The view out from the front is okay - this is where driving a left-hand drive car is unfair, but it was easiy to place on the road and see around the windscreen pillars at junctions.

Boot space is 366 litres including underfloor storage, losing 25 litres if you get the GT Sport Tech with subwoofer and surround sound; seats down, it'll carry 1,171 litres.

Safety

  • Five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP
  • Battery is sited in its own protective structure
  • Mazda i-Activsense includes collision avoidance tech

The Mazda MX-30's safety systems are all packaged unde the i-Activsense tbanner – and include active braking to avoid collisions by recognising hazards and helping to prevent the vehicle from leaving the road.

The Mazda MX-30 has the usual suite of safety features you'd expect in a 2020 new car. It is heavier than its Mazda CX-30 sister car, but still makes a five-star Euro NCAP rating thanks to a strong front-end structure and new far-side restraints.

Euro NCAP says that it could do better in certain aspects of its crash performance. 'The MX-30 disappoints on its vulnerable road users’ collision avoidance capabilities, showing mediocre test performance and lacking more advanced functionalities, such as turn-across-path intervention.'

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda MX-30 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
First Edition optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
GT Sport optional equipment
None available

SE-L Lux equipment

SE-L Lux standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
SE-L Lux optional equipment
None available

Sport Lux equipment

Sport Lux standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
Sport Lux optional equipment
None available
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Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mazda MX-30 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2020
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 68%
Safety Assist: 73%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.