Mazda CX-30 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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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.

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. 

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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