If you’re familiar with the brand’s SUV range the addition of the Mazda CX-30 might lead to a little confusion. To clear things up, that big number doesn’t signify a new super-sized SUV that could dwarf an articulated lorry, instead it slots between Mazda’s existing SUVs (the CX-3 and CX-5) and directly into our Family SUV category. Why isn’t it called CX-4? Well, a China-only Mazda SUV has already pinched that moniker.
But back to the CX-30, it’s size and estimated price puts it against tough rivals such as the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca, while the upper trim levels step on the Volvo XC40’s coattails. Underneath the black plastic cladding, you’ll find the Mazda 3 hatchback’s platform, although here it’s actually slightly shorter to make it feel more at home in the city.
Under the bonnet is a choice of three engines, all with mild-hybrid technology. There’s a regular 2.0-litre petrol with 120bhp, a 114bhp 1.8-litre diesel, or something called Skyactiv-X. Although this is also a 2.0-litre petrol, it behaves more like a diesel engine much of the time to improve emissions and economy. It’s also the most powerful in the range, with 178bhp.
Although we’re yet to know specifics on the Skyactiv-X’s gearboxes, we know the other engines will come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with the option of a six-speed automatic. All have the option of four-wheel drive should you want or need a bit more grip in slippery conditions.
That may be an option, but the CX-30 is very much an on-road biased SUV. Still, you wouldn’t want to get its carpets too dirty as a premium-feeling interior is one of this car’s strong points.
But we don’t want to give too much away on page one. Click through our review to find out what the CX-30 is like on the road and exactly how posh, and spacious, its interior is. And don’t forget, if you want to bag a bargain without any painful haggling, have a look at our New Car Buying section for savings on thousands of makes and models.