Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Freestyle doors make it more practical than a three-door…
  • But access to the rear seats remains awkward
  • Rear passenger visibility and spaciousness are limited

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

It’s an old-fashioned phrase now, but models of the MX-30’s ilk used to be called Personal Cars – they were focused on whoever was sat up front, with a nod to occasional practicality.

Why are we mentioning this? Well, the MX-30 takes up exactly the same footprint as the CX-30 petrol-engined SUV. If you want a compact Mazda crossover capable of carrying your family easily and regularly, the MX-30 isn’t the one to go for.

Limited rear seat space

Taller adults will complain about the MX-30’s tight head- and legroom, as well as the restricted view outside. That unusual door arrangement leaves a couple of little porthole windows to peer through, and of course, the rear ones can only be opened after the front ones. It feels especially claustrophobic with the darker seat trim.

Getting in and out isn’t too bad providing you’ve got decent body mobility. The front seats tip and slide forwards like in a conventional two- or three-door car, but smaller folk will be able to get in without moving them. 

Leaning in to strap toddlers into booster seats is nice and easy, but wrestling a cumbersome baby seat into position is going to be more frustrating. 

The rear bench itself 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.

Roomy and comfy up front

By contrast, those occupying the front seats have a much better time of it. They’re set higher than a regular hatchback and the front doors open to close on 90 degrees, making them easy to access.

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 good, but over-the-shoulder rearward visibility is impinged again by the small rear windows.

There’s plenty of seat adjustment, too, with higher spec models featuring electric controls on the driver’s side for added convenience.

Surprisingly spacious boot

With the rear seats in place, boot space is 366 litres including underfloor storage. Top-flight GT Sport Tech models lose much of that, shrinking by 25 litres thanks to a Bose subwoofer filling the space. 

Fold the rear seats over – they’re split 60:40 – and you have a total capacity of 1,171 litres. Not only that, the seat back lie almost completely flat, making it easier for transporting long, heavy loads. 

Easy to park

Thanks to its compact dimensions, the MX-30 isn’t going to cause you much bother in a confined parking area, with sensors and cameras supplementing your endeavours for additional security.

How safe is the Mazda MX-30?

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

One of the factors that ensures the MX-30 scores a top-grade five-star rating from the experts at Euro NCAP is that much of its safety equipment is standard right across the range, a move we wholly approve of.

Consequenty, all MX-30s include the following safety gear:

  • Seven airbags
  • Blindspot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA)
  • Driver attention alert (DAA)
  • Emergency lane-keeping
  • Hill-hold function
  • LED front and rear lights
  • Adaptive cruise control that functions down to a complete standstill
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection

Further safety equipment is limited to the range-topping GT Sport Tech models:

  • Driver monitoring camera to detect fatigue
  • Front cross traffic alert (FCTA)
  • Autonomous emergency braking when in reverse

Watch the Mazda MX-30 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
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • 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 mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

100th Anniversary Edition equipment

100th Anniversary Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
100th Anniversary Edition optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Exclusive Line equipment

Exclusive Line standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Exclusive Line optional equipment
None available

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
First Edition optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
GT Sport optional equipment
None available

Makoto equipment

Makoto standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Makoto optional equipment
None available

Prime Line equipment

Prime Line standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Prime Line optional equipment
None available

SE-L Lux equipment

SE-L Lux standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SE-L Lux optional equipment
None available

Sport Lux equipment

Sport Lux standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
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.