Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
CX-30 models with the 120bhp engine emit as little as 116g/km of CO2 and the automatic gearbox adds 10g/km to that. The 178bhp version emits a lower 105g/km in manual front-wheel-drive form, but the automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive system adds 13g/km and 6g/km respectively. Official fuel economy is 45.6mpg for the 120bhp engine and 47.9mpg for the 178bhp version.
Equipment, options and extras
The trim levels of the Mazda CX-30 echo those of the 3 hatchback and all are well equipped. The aforementioned infotainment system is standard across the range, alongside air conditioning, a head-up display and adaptive cruise control.
Our recommendation is to go one level up from entry-level SE-L trim to SE-L Lux. Doing so adds the electric tailgate and reversing camera with all-round parking sensors that we mentioned earlier, plus heated front seats, climate control and keyless entry. Higher trim levels get bigger wheels and leather upholstery but are too pricey to recommend.
Being an all-new model, we have no reliability data for the CX-30 itself. Mazda as a whole came 17th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, though, and the CX-5 proved the third most reliable large SUV.
Every Mazda sold in the UK comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, which is a match for that offered by Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Safety and security
Euro NCAP is yet to safety test the CX-30, although the 3 hatch on which its based did jolly well, proving to be one of the safest cars in its class.
To avoid having to find that out for yourself, the CX-30 comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, a rear cross-traffic alert system (to warn of traffic in your path when reversing into a road) and a driver attention alert system as standard. That’s more standard safety equipment than many competitors can muster.