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.
The CX-30’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 coat-tails. Underneath the black plastic cladding, you’ll find the Mazda 3 hatchback’s platform, albeit slightly shortened to make it feel more at home in the city.
Under the bonnet is a choice of two engines, both of which use mild hybrid technology. There’s a regular 2.0-litre petrol with 120bhp and another called Skyactiv-X. The latter uses clever technology to behave more like a diesel engine much of the time in an effort to improve emissions and economy. It’s also the most powerful engine in the range, with 178bhp.
Both engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and the option of a six-speed automatic. The more powerful engine has the option of four-wheel drive, should you want or need a bit more traction in slippery conditions.
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.