Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Even those tall enough to be known as Lurch to their friends will fit into the front of the Mazda CX-30 with room to spare. The seats go back a long way, head room is good and there’s plenty of elbow room.
Interior storage is decent, 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 the large cubby under the central front armrest, and there’s no shortage of homes for things you might need on a journey.
Things don’t start well for the Mazda CX-30 in this regard because its small rear doors make it trickier to get in and out of the back than is ideal. We’ve yet to try fitting a bulky child seat in the back, but we can’t imagine it would be particularly easy.
Once installed, a long-legged passenger will be rather cramped if they’re sitting behind a tall driver, while the small windows bring a claustrophobic feel.
Although the tape measure suggests that head room should be ample for two adults to sit in comfort, if three tall adults sit side by side the outer two will find their hair brushing the ceiling due to the how the roof curves downwards to meet the side of the car. At least the middle passenger doesn’t have to share foot space with a huge floor hump. Overall, though, the Skoda Karoq feels much airier inside and has more space to boot.
Seat folding and flexibility
Given the increasing choice of SUVs with sliding and reclining rear benches, the Mazda CX-30 disappoints here. It only gives you a 60/40 split for the folding rear bench, rather than the more practical 40/20/40 split that you get with the Skoda Karoq (in SE-L trim and above), and you can’t alter the rear backrest angle or slide the bench back and forth.
Nor can you fold the bench from the boot as you can in several rivals, and there’s no sign of a fold-flat passenger seat, either as standard or optionally.
That figure matches the Nissan Qashqai but is dwarfed by those of the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq. As a practical comparison, we squeezed just six carry-on suitcases into the CX-30, compared with a whopping nine for the Karoq.
Better news is that a variable-height boot floor that can act as a load separator is standard on SE-L Lux trim and above, while a powered tailgate is standard from Sport Lux models.
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