Mazda CX-30 2019 LHD infotainment

Mazda CX-30 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£22,895
Review continues below...

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

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

Mazda CX-30 2019 LHD infotainment

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. 

Reliability

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.

open the gallery10 Images

Verdict

If you’re after a plush-feeling SUV that has a modicum of driver appeal, the CX-30 should definitely be on your shortlist. Its real strength, though, 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
  • Refined engines
  • Handles better than many rivals
  • Cramped rear seats with limited flexibility
  • Boot is small with no clever features
  • Engines need working hard

What's important to you?

Performance & drive
Interior
Passenger & boot space