Mazda CX-30 2019 LHD rear seats

Mazda CX-30 review

Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

Even those tall enough to be known as Lurch to their friends will fit into the front of the CX-30 with room to spare. The seats go back a long way, while head room is good and there’s plenty of width to the interior. 

Oddment storage is good, with two generous cupholders in front of the gearlever, a rubberised cubby in front of that with space for you to empty your pockets into, and decent door pockets with bottle holders. Add a large cubby under the central front armrest, and you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

Rear space

Although we’re yet to take a tape measure to the CX-30, we can already tell that this is not a strong point. A six-footer sitting behind a similarly lofty driver will find their knees awfully close to the back of the driver’s seat.

Head room is better but not class leading. Once they’ve ducked down and pivoted through the narrow rear opening, a six-footer will have a few inches to spare. 

Fitting three adults across the rear bench is likely to be a squeeze, but at least the hump in the floor is fairly small and doesn’t intrude much into the available foot space.

Mazda CX-30 2019 LHD rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

Given the increasing choice of SUVs with sliding and reclining rear benches, the CX-30 is a disappointment. You only get a 60/40 split for the folding rear bench, rather than the more practical 40/20/40, and you can’t alter the backrest angle or slide the bench back and forth.

Nor can you fold the bench from the boot like you can in several rivals, and there’s no sign of a fold-flat passenger seat, either as standard or optionally.

Boot space

Although there's more boot space than in a Volkswagen Golf or most hatchbacks of a similar length, but by class standards the CX-30 is below average with 430 litres of space. That figure matches the Nissan Qashqai but is dwarfed by the Ateca and Karoq.

The CX-30's boot is not only a little small compared with those of its rivals, but it isn’t available with a two-level boot floor, either. That leaves you with a big step down from the boot opening to the boot floor, making it trickier to lift heavy items in and out. More positively, an electric tailgate is standard on all but the entry-level trim

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