The name of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 could lead to a little confusion. To clarify things, that large number does not mean a large SUV that could dwarf an articulated truck. Instead, play as a substitute for the largest CX-5, which is included directly in our family SUV category.
Its size and price place it against some tough rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq and the Ateca Seat, while the higher trim levels step on the tail tails of the Volvo XC40. Although you can’t guess to look at it, the CX-30 is based on the Mazda 3 hatchback, so it is compact enough to feel at home in the city.
> Base: $23,000
> Select: $25,000
> Preferred: $27,300
> Premium: $29,300
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G basic level engine produces 120 bhp and is our choice. There is a more powerful Skyactiv-X version that does 178bhp despite having lower CO2 emissions, but it is more expensive and, although it feels a little faster, you really have to work it to feel the difference. None of the CX-30’s engines can match the low-speed flexibility of its rivals turbocharged engines, such as the Skoda Karoq and the Ateca Seat.
The optional six-speed automatic gearbox is quite sensitive, especially in Sport mode, in which it responds to kickdown demands quite quickly. Because the CX-30’s soft hybrid system gives you a small boost when you exit a neutral, the automatic CX-30s are not plagued by the annoying delay you get when you press the accelerator on a Range Rover Evoque.
Being a completely new model, we have no specific reliability data for the CX-30. Mazda as a whole came out 17th out of 31 manufacturers in 2019 What car? Reliability Survey, and the CX-5 proved to be the third most reliable large SUV.
Each Mazda sold in the United Kingdom comes with a three-year and 60,000-mile warranty, which is a coincidence for that offered by Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Thanks to a wide range of adjustments for the seat and the steering wheel, tall and short drivers alike can feel comfortable; There is even a tilt adjustment for the front seat bases so that the occupant’s thighs are not floating above the seat cushion. However, you only get adjustable lumbar support on the two upper trim levels, and it will disappoint anyone who wants an elevated SUV-like driving position – it’s barely taller than the Mazda 3 hatchback. You will sit much taller in a Skoda Karoq.
Partial digital spheres are standard on all models. These may not show the breadth of information of the fully digital dashboards available in Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen, but they are crisp and easy to read. Handier is still including a clear head-up screen that places speed, satellite navigation instructions and other data in your line of sight.
The interior storage is decent, with two generous cupholders in front of the gearshift, a rubber puppy in front of that with space to empty your pockets in, and decent door pockets with bottle holders. Add the large bucket under the central front armrest, and there is no shortage of houses for things you might need on a trip.
Things do not start well for the CX-30 in this regard, its small rear doors so it is more complicated to enter and exit the back of what is ideal. We have not yet tried to place a bulky child seat in the back, but we cannot imagine that it would be particularly easy.
Once installed, a long-legged passenger will be quite tight if sitting behind a tall driver, while small windows bring a claustrophobic feeling. Although the tape-measure suggests that the head space should be ample so that two adults feel comfortable, if three tall adults feel next to each other, the two exteriors will find their hair brushed the ceiling due to the way in which The roof curves down to meet the side of the car. At least the average passenger does not have to share foot room with a huge floor hump. In general, however, the Skoda Karoq feels much more airy inside and has more room to boot.
The boot of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is not only a bit small compared to those of its rivals, but also not available with a two-level boot floor. That leaves you having to negotiate a big step down from the boot opening to the boot floor, and this can make it difficult to lift heavy objects in and out. A better news is that an electric tailgate is standard in all but at the entry level edge.
The infotainment system of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 avoids the touch screen interface used by most of its rivals, a design decision made on the grounds that these systems can distract use while driving. We tend to agree with that, so it is good to see that all CX-30s come with a centrally mounted 8.8-inch infotainment screen operated by an intuitive swivel controller, the latter being mounted between the front seats along with power buttons direct access.
Compared to the touch screens that dominate the dashboard of the Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, the CX-30’s rotary controller facilitates scrolling through lists and moving menus, and Mazda’s software is equally sensitive and easy to navigate .
The infotainment system also comes with an impressive variety of features. All models get DAB radio, Bluetooth, satellite navigation and smartphone duplication through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The standard eight-speaker sound system is impressive enough, but a more powerful 12-speaker Bose configuration is available in higher settings. We just wish there were some more USB ports ahead and at least one (ideally two) for rear-seat passengers.