Mazda CX-30 review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £22,930What Car? Target Price from£22,250
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Lower CX-30 trim levels broadly match those of the Skoda Karoq on price, but ascending the trim hierarchy brings prices closer to equivalent Volvo XC40s. Take a look at our New Car Buying pages to see what kind of discount we can offer.

Look beyond its purchase price, though, and things look more attractive; its PCP rates are competitive without having to put down a massive deposit, while its leasing rates won’t scare a fleet manager away.

Official emissions figures are pretty good, with the entry-level Skyactiv-G emitting 116g/km with a manual gearbox; the more powerful Skyactiv-X drops this figure to 105g/km, again as a manual. We managed 37.6mpg from the Skyactiv-G during scientific tests on our private test track, not quite matching official figures that suggest the mid to high forties should be possible.

Equipment, options and extras

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There are five trim levels to choose from and all are well equipped. All models get auto lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control that keeps a constant gap between you and the car in front, air conditioning and a head-up driver’s display. 

Our recommendation is to step one level up from entry-level SE-L trim to SE-L Lux. Doing so adds an electric tailgate plus heated front seats, climate control and keyless entry. The top three trim levels have leather upholstery, and can be specified with Mazda's i-Activ all-wheel drive system, but they're too pricey to recommend, and their bigger wheels harm ride smoothness.

Built to celebrate Mazda's centenary in 2020, the 100th Anniversary Special Edition features bespoke white and burgundy paintwork and burgundy interior trim, alongside bespoke badging on the floor mats, key fob and alloy wheels. Just 100 examples will be sold in the UK, but, too, is too pricey to recommend.

Reliability

Being an all-new model, we have no specific reliability data for the CX-30. Mazda as a whole came 17th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, 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

In Euro NCAP safety tests, the CX-30 was found to afford outstanding protection to the driver and front-seat passenger and achieved an excellent 99% score for adult occupant protection. This helped it towards receiving five stars – the organisation's top rating. 

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. If you pick a top-of-the-range trim level, you'll also get front cross-traffic alert system, which uses side radar cameras enables to spot other cars approaching from the blind spots to the front left and right of the car. 

Overview

If you’re after a plush-feeling SUV with tidy handling and low CO2 emissions, the CX-30 should definitely be on your shortlist. Its real strength lies in its ability to feel as luxurious as premium brands in this class at a much cheaper price. Just remember that rear space is tight and the boot isn’t anything to write home about, either.

  • Fantastic interior quality
  • Quiet when cruising
  • Well equipped
  • Cramped rear seats with limited flexibility
  • Boot is small with no clever features
  • Engines need working hard

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