New Mazda CX-30 vs MG ZS EV vs Skoda Karoq

Sitting midway between small and large SUVs in size, Mazda’s new CX-30 promises to be well suited to family duties. Let’s see if it’s a match for the MG ZS EV and Skoda Karoq...

New Mazda CX-30 vs MG ZS EV vs Skoda Karoq

Our verdict

Once again, the Karoq has come out on top in a family SUV tussle. It may be the priciest of our trio to run, but competitive monthly PCP costs make that easier to swallow. What’s more, it’s good to drive and has the roomiest and most practical interior, while the boot is simply vast. A comfortable ride and excellent visibility seal the win.

Both its rivals feel some way behind, but for very different reasons. The CX-30 has a firm ride and is too cramped in the back, while its tiny back doors make loading child seats a pain. However, you’ll love its plush interior, which is crammed full of kit. Plus, it has the best infotainment system and safety is exceptional, so it does enough for second.

That leaves the ZS in last place. We love its punchy performance and the fuel savings it brings, but it isn’t great to drive, while its eye-widening braking behaviour and so-so range disappoint. Even if you look past the way it drives, the boot is relatively small and the interior feels a little low-rent in this company.

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1st – Skoda Karoq - 5 stars

Skoda Karoq driving

For Tidiest handling; most practical rear seats; biggest boot; most comfortable ride; great visibility

Against Priciest to run; big loading lip at boot entrance; noisiest

Recommended options Metallic paint (£595)

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2nd – Mazda CX-30 - 3 stars

Mazda CX-30 driving

For Classiest interior; high level of standard equipment; best infotainment

Against Engine gutless at low revs; firm ride; cramped rear seats

Recommended options Metallic paint (£550)

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3rd – MG ZS EV - 3 stars

MG ZS EV driving

For Cheapest to run; best acceleration; big discounts

Against Smallest boot; least agile; range could be better; dim-witted infotainment

Recommended options Metallic paint (£545)

Read our full MG ZS EV review

Find a great MG ZS EV deal

Specifications: Mazda CX-30 2.0 Skyactiv-G 122 SE-L Lux

  • Engine size 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol
  • List price £24,195
  • Target Price £23,236
  • Power 120bhp @ 6000rpm
  • Torque 157lb ft @ 4000rpm
  • Gearbox 6-spd manual
  • 0-60mph 9.1sec
  • Top speed 116mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 45.6mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test MPG 37.6mpg 
  • CO2 emissions 116g/km

Specifications: MG ZS EV Exclusive

  • Engine Electric motor
  • List price £30,495*
  • Target Price £27,995*
  • Power 141bhp
  • Torque 206lb ft
  • Gearbox Single-speed automatic
  • 0-60mph 7.7sec
  • Top speed 87mph
  • Official range 163 miles
  • Real Range n/a
  • CO2 emissions 0g/km

*before £3500 government grant

Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI SE L

  • Engine size 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price £26,200
  • Target Price £23,305
  • Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm
  • Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm
  • Gearbox 6-spd manual
  • 0-60mph 8.9sec
  • Top speed 126mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 42.2mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test MPG 36.6mpg
  • CO2 emissions 123g/km

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