Mazda CX-30 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mazda CX-30 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior front seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front left tracking
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front left static
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear right static
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 headlight detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear lights detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior front seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 boot open
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior front seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front left tracking
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front cornering
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 front left static
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear right static
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 headlight detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 rear lights detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior front seats
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 interior detail
  • Mazda CX-30 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Lower Mazda CX-30 trim levels broadly match those of the Skoda Karoq on price, but climbing the trim hierarchy brings prices closer to the Volvo XC40. Try our free What Car? New Car Deals buying service to see the discounts available on any of these family SUVs.

If you look beyond its purchase price, the CX-30 is more attractive. PCP rates are competitive without you having to put down a massive deposit, and leasing rates won’t scare a fleet manager away. Neither will the residuals – they're up there with the class-best XC40 and are better than the equivalent Seat Ateca or Skoda Karoq.

Our recommendation is to step up one trim from entry-level SE-L to SE-L Lux. Doing so adds heated front seats, climate control, keyless entry and more parking aids. The top two trim levels have leather upholstery but they're too pricey to recommend, plus the bigger wheels they come with harms the ride.

Reliability

Mazda came eighth out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's a good result, and places the brand just below Hyundai and Toyota but ahead of the makers of most rival family SUVs.  

Every Mazda sold in the UK comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. That's a match for the warranty offered by Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen, but Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota all offer five years or more.

Overview

If you’re after an SUV with a high-end interior, lots of kit and an economical petrol engine, the Mazda CX-30 should definitely be on your shortlist. But it comes with quite a few shortfalls to be a real contender, such as its lack of low-end performance, tight rear passenger space and relatively small boot. The Skoda Karoq is a much more rounded proposition.

  • Fantastic interior quality
  • Strong resale values and economical engines
  • Well equipped
  • Rear seats have limited flexibility
  • Boot is small with no clever features
  • Engines need working hard
New car deals
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Leasing deals
From £252pm