Mazda CX-30 review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £22,945What Car? Target Price from£22,120
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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 ascending the trim hierarchy brings prices closer to equivalent Volvo XC40s. Try our New Car Deals buying service to see what kind of discount we can help you get.

Look beyond its purchase price, though, and things look more attractive. PCP rates are competitive without having to put down a massive deposit, and CX-30 leasing rates won’t scare a fleet manager away.

Official emissions figures are pretty good, with all engines undercutting the Karoq and XC40 on a like-for-like basis. 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 for the Mazda CX-30 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 up one trim from entry-level SE-L to SE-L Lux. Doing so adds heated front seats, climate control and keyless entry. The top two trim levels have leather upholstery, and the top three 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

We have no specific reliability data for the CX-30, although Mazda as a whole came joint 9th out of 31 manufacturers in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey.

Every Mazda sold in the UK comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, which is a match for those offered by Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda.

Safety and security

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

The CX-30 comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), blindspot 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 a front cross-traffic alert system, which uses side radar cameras to help you spot other cars approaching from the blindspots 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 Mazda 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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