MAZDA

MAZDA CX-30 HATCHBACK 2.0 e-Skyactiv-X MHEV Sport Lux 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2128 g/km

Mazda's third compact SUV is this car, the CX-30. It borrows its engineering from the Mazda3 hatch, but clothes it with the trendier SUV body styling that family buyers now increasingly want. Consider it carefully if you're not fussed about having a premium badge, like the idea of eye-catching looks and cutting-edge engineering and find yourself interested in trendy segment contenders like Toyota's C-HR and Ford's Puma.

GOING ON 30

Mazda needed a wider SUV range and this compact CX-30 model broadens it usefully. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Mazda's third compact SUV is this car, the CX-30. It borrows its engineering from the Mazda3 hatch, but clothes it with the trendier SUV body styling that family buyers now increasingly want. Consider it carefully if you're not fussed about having a premium badge, like the idea of eye-catching looks and cutting-edge engineering and find yourself interested in trendy segment contenders like Toyota's C-HR and Ford's Puma.

Background

Really, this car ought to be called the 'CX-4'. It does, after all, sit between the CX-3 and the CX-5 in Mazda's SUV line-up. Unfortunately for European zone continuity though, the 'CX-4' badge already exists in the Chinese market, where it's applied to quite a different car, so the model we're going to look at here has adopted a 'CX-30' moniker. Glad we got that cleared up. Basically what we've got here is a Crossover version of the Mazda3 family hatch - no bad thing; that's the sort of product the market wants. It features the second chapter of the brand's 'KODO' design language and a clever Skyactiv-X petrol engine we really liked when we tried it in the Mazda3. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Mazda is offering a choice of two engines to CX-30 buyers, both petrol-powered and both borrowed from the Mazda3 hatch. The base unit is a 122PS 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol powerplant (a mild hybrid). We'd suggest though, that you try and stretch to the alternative engine, the brand's more advanced Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine, a 180PS supercharged unit which runs on petrol but uses a combination of spark ignition and compression ignition to deliver, Mazda claims, the driver appeal of a petrol unit along with the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel. This Skyactiv-X powerplant is able to switch from compression ignition, which best suits day-to-day driving, to a form of spark ignition, generally when the engine is started from cold or the driver demands maximum power at high revs. The 'X' engine comes paired with front wheel drive or four wheel drive and either way, there's the choice of manual or automatic transmission. Mazda isn't bothering to offer the diesel powerplant that's available on this car in other markets. The drive dynamics aren't very different from those of the Mazda3 hatch, which means that they're very good indeed. It also means that this car gets the slickest-shifting manual gearbox you can have in the compact SUV segment.

Design and Build

Mazda reckons that the CX-30 combining the bold stance of an SUV with the sleek profile of a coupe, styling that's supposed to be a sophisticated evolution of the brand's KODO design philosophy. Looks are certainly one reason why you might want to consider this car. The other reason you might want to consider this model would be if you liked the Mazda3 hatch but found it lacking in terms of rear seat space and luggage room. The CX-30 certainly does better than its showroom sibling in these two regards, though legroom in the back still isn't what you'd call generous. Headspace in the rear is quite good, but the D-pillar is substantial, which darkens the interior rear half of the car quite a lot. The 430-litre boot is a big improvement on the limited trunk you get in the Mazda3, a substantial 135-litres bigger. Mind you, it's still quite a bit smaller than the space you'd get in something like a comparably-priced BMW X1. As in the Mazda3, the front-of-cabin experience is impressive, with a digital instrument cluster display and a big, clear 8.8-inch screen on top of the dash nicely angled towards the driver. And there's a lower rotary controller for it so you don't have to stab away at inexact touchscreen functionality in the kind of way that's necessary with many rival set-ups.

Market and Model

CX-30 prices sit in the £23,000-£33,000 bracket, spread across five trim levels, 'SE-L', 'SE-L Lux', 'Sport Lux', 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech'. Every version features a colour windscreen projecting head-up display, radar cruise control and LED headlights. With a choice of eight exterior colours, 'SE-L' and 'SE-L Lux' cars feature 16-inch grey metallic wheels, while from 'Sport Lux' onwards, 18-inch wheels are standard: silver metallic on Skyactiv-G and bright silver metallic on Skyactiv-X models. Inside, premium dark grey cloth with navy blue accents is standard, as is a 7-inch TFT instrument display. So is an 8.8-inch central infotainment screen incorporating Navigation, an 8-speaker DAB audio system and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. There's also radar cruise control, Smart Brake Support autonomous braking and Intelligent Speed Assist, which can adapt your velocity according to posted speed limits. 'GT Sport' and 'GT Sport Tech' models feature black leather with rich brown accents or (for £200 more), stone-coloured leather. The plushest models get niceties like a 12-speaker Bose surround system. And a 360-degree View Monitor camera system.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. The base petrol Skyactiv-G engine manages 45.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 116g/km of CO2. Or 42.8mpg and 126g/km as an auto. We'd recommend you try and stretch to the more powerful but, conversely, more economic Skyactiv-X petrol unit, which improves that showing to 47.9mpg and 105g/km as a manual or 43.5mpg and 118g/km as an auto. This same Skyactiv-X petrol engine also comes with AWD. In this guise, it manages 43.5mpg and 111g/km as a manual or 40.4mpg and 128g/km as an auto. We should also mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile package. If you want to extend that, you can do so via optional 'Essential', 'Elite' and 'Complete' plans. Included in the standard package is a three year paintwork warranty and 12 years of anti-perforation cover. In addition, there's a 'Mazda Accident Aftercare' scheme which sees the company liaise with your insurer after an accident, making sure that you have access to a courtesy car if you need one and ensuring that all repairs are carried out to full Mazda standards.

Summary

The CX-30 makes a reasonable case for itself in an increasingly crowded segment. It lacks a premium badge on the bonnet of course, but then it also lacks the kind of inflated prices you'd pay from premium brand contenders in this market space. Plus under the bonnet of a Skyactiv-X variant, there's arguably the cleverest petrol engine you can have in the compact SUV segment, delivering an enticing combination of very sprightly performance and diesel-like economy. Yes, there are more practical choices in this market segment. And arguably, there are also more fashionably-styled ones. But our overall impression of the CX-30 is of a very complete and thoughtfully-positioned package. Add it to your lengthening shopping list if you're in search of a car of this kind.

  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch auto up/down
  • Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable speed and intermittent wipe

  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Mild Hybrid system with regenerative braking
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Front smart city brake support
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • G-Vectoring control plus
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill launch assist

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • E-call with GPS
  • Integrated bluetooth

  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Adaptive cruise control (Mazda radar cruise control)
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Reversing camera
  • Power assisted steering

  • Engine start/stop button
  • Power lift gate
  • Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial

  • 7" TFT Colour driver instrument panel display
  • Window projected colour active driving display (head up display) with traffic sign recognition
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Integrated Mazda navigation system

  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body coloured, electrically adjustable, heated auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • i-stop

  • AM / FM / DAB radio with 8 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
  • 2 USB charging ports

  • Piano black rear roof spoiler
  • Front grille in piano black finish
  • B-pillar and C-pillar garnishes in piano black finish
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Power tilt/slide sunroof

  • Signature LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • High beam assist
  • Front kodo turn signal
  • Signature front LED daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Front and rear LED lighting

  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning with rear air vents

  • Cloth upholstery with interior accents
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with telescopic and tilt adjustment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Electrical power outlet
  • Front passenger and two rear grab handles with coathooks
  • Chrome centre bezel steering wheel
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest
  • Chrome horn pad ring
  • Cloth door panel inserts
  • Dashboard, door cards and front centre armrest in navy blue cloth
  • Front centre storage with two cupholders

  • Glovebox illumination
  • Luggage compartment light

  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts x2 with pretensioners
  • 3 point ELR rear seat belts

  • Driver and front passenger with covered vanity mirror and driver ticket holder
  • Rear passenger seat map pockets
  • Driver seat manual slide, recline and height adjust
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • 60/40 split fold down rear seats
  • Front passengers seat manual slide, recline and height adjustment
  • Front and rear (x3) head restraints
  • Heated front seats with 3 stage setting

  • Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and automatic door lock when driving

  • 18" Bright silver metallic alloy wheels

  • Emergency tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 122
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 128

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: SUPERCHARGER
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 15.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.2
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.7

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 99
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 186
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sport Lux
  • Coin Description: e-Skyactiv-X MHEV
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 137
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 177
  • Engine Torque - NM: 240
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 186
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.3
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 24.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2040
  • Height: 1540
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4395
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2655

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1432
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1965
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 430
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 533
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1406
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 5.3

  • Metallic paint: £570
  • Mica paint: £570
  • Pearlescent paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £810
  • Premium metallic paint: £690

  • Metallic - Sonic silver: £570
  • Metallic - Polymetal grey: £570

  • Mica - Jet black: £570
  • Mica - Deep crystal blue: £570

  • Pearl - Snowflake white: £570

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Special metallic - Soul red crystal: £810
  • Premium metallic - Machine grey: £690

  • Cloth - Premium dark grey with black accents: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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