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A first look: The all-new Mazda CX-30 unveiled

By Lisa Curtiss  |  December 7, 2020

The Mazda CX-30 is a perfect choice for those wanting a stylish and versatile compact SUV for local family errands and weekend escapes.

Masterfully combining the bold stance of an SUV with the sleek profile of a coupe, the CX-30 is a model with class and ample kerb appeal. These attractive lines hint at an agile and sporty drive, underpinned with the sturdiness and stability you’d want from a model capable of more than a daily commute.

As with all Mazda cars, there’s a great choice of exterior colours, from the bright and bold to classic neutral metallics.

Slip inside to discover a spacious, light and airy cabin, furnished with durable and attractive fabrics and neat practical touches.  Premium dark grey cloth with navy blue accents is standard, while GT Sport and GT Sport Tech models feature black leather with rich brown accents or you can opt for a stone coloured leather.  There’s plenty of room in the 430-litre boot too – more than enough for a couple’s or busy family’s needs.

Available in five trim levels – SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech – the new CX-30 features Mazda’s characteristic generous standard equipment across the entire range, and is offered in the UK with a choice of two petrol engines, both of which feature the 24v Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system.  Every car features a colour windscreen projecting head-up display, radar cruise control and LED headlights to name just a few of the high-grade items found on each model.

The 122ps 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine features cylinder-deactivation and is exclusively matched to front-wheel drive with a choice of automatic or manual transmission across all five trim levels. Likewise, the ground-breaking Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) Skyactiv-X petrol engine is also offered across all grades with a choice of transmission. Additionally from Sport Lux upwards, the Skyactiv-X CX-30 is available with Mazda’s latest advanced i-Activ all-wheel drive system – ideal for winter driving.

Thanks to its unique combustion method in which spark plug ignition is used to control compression ignition, the resulting efficiencies mean this 180ps petrol SPCCI engine delivers diesel rivalling economy combined with low CO2 emissions and flexible performance. With emissions as low as 133g/km and WLTP combined economy as high as 47.9mpg, the Skyactiv-X engine is the perfect solution for private and fleet customers, offering the ideal alternative to diesel in a segment that has seen demand for diesel powered cars dramatically reduce.

On test, the CX-30 proved the perfect run around – and was equally at home heading cross country on weekend escapes.  It’s engaging to drive, spacious enough for a family of four, well made and a perfect choice for those wanting a capable, versatile and compact SUV.