The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Mazda CX-30 gives you a wide range of adjustments for the supportive seat and steering wheel, so almost everyone should be able to get comfortable. There's even a tilt adjustment for the front seat bases, although only the top two trims have adjustable lumbar support. It’ll disappoint anyone who wants an SUV-style raised driving position – it’s barely any loftier than the Mazda 3 hatchback. You’ll be much higher up in a Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Karoq.
Still, in an age of ever more complicated touch-sensitive buttons for basic controls, the CX-30 is a breath of fresh air. It gives you good old-fashioned switches and knobs for the heating and stereo, allowing you to find all the controls by feel once you’ve familiarised yourself with where they are. That reduces the need to take your eyes off the road.
All models get rear parking sensors, with front sensors and a rear-view camera standard on all but the entry-level trim. There’s also an optional bird's eye view camera to give you an overview of your surroundings when manoeuvring, which works very well but is available only on the top-spec GT Sport model.
Every version has LED headlights, while the Sport Lux trim augments these with adaptive LED headlights. You can leave them on main beams and they won't dazzle other road users.