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If you’re familiar with its stablemates, the Mazda CX-30’s name might lead to a little confusion. To clear things up, that big number doesn’t signify a super-sized SUV that could dwarf an articulated lorry. Instead, it plays understudy to the larger CX-5, slotting directly into our family SUV category.
Its size and price puts it against some tough rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca, while the upper trim levels step on the Volvo XC40’s coat-tails. Though you might not guess to look at it, the CX-30 is based on the Mazda 3 hatchback, so it’s compact enough to feel at home in the city.
Under the bonnet is a choice of two 2.0-litre petrol engines, both of which use mild hybrid technology; the CX-30's small electric motor and 24-volt lithium ion battery working together to improve efficiency and improve response at low speeds. Both engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic optional. The most powerful engine gives you 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 dozens of makes and models.