Mazda CX-30: Stylish and fun despite the trends

Mazda is introducing a new generation of models to its family at a fierce pace. New platforms with new technology and phenomenal design have raised a lot of dust for a reason, especially since Mazda doesn’t like to follow trends. The second in a series of next-generation models is the SUV that sits right between the very compact CX-3 and the much larger and more expensive CX-5. We checked to see if the new Mazda CX-30 was one of the best compact SUVs.
The new technology and platform brought with it by the new generation Mazda 3 will very soon refresh the range of this brand. Still, the most urgent thing was to fill the empty space in the SUV’s palette, so now the “hole” between the CX-3 and CX-5 is now full. Not only to fill it, because it is a truly competitive segment of crossovers and SUVs that are in the golden middle of space and comfort, but also price.

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So, the Mazda CX-30 arrives as a long-awaited compact SUV and needs to be addressed immediately with its name. The Mazda CX-3 is based on the Mazda 2 platform, and the Mazda CX-30 on the all-new Mazda 3. The logical question is why it’s not at least called the CX-4, and the answer is that the Mazda CX-4 exists from before and is on sale exclusively in China. Illogical or not, that’s right, but the name itself doesn’t matter.

What matters is that Mazda has been able to transfer its phenomenal Kodo design almost perfectly from the compact and athletically built Mazda 3 to an SUV model that by definition should not be matched by such design and philosophy. Still, Mazda loves to make cars its own, and we are grateful for that. The result is a very compact and dynamic SUV whose proportions reveal that Mazda did not want to overdo the overall dimensions and disrupt the elegance of the design itself. Looking at the CX-30 parked next to ordinary compacts, it’s easy to see that it’s only slightly taller, so it’s clear why Mazda added large plastic trims to the fenders. Although we wish they were a bit smaller, this is how the CX-30 stands out as an SUV. With slightly more chrome use than the Mazda 3, new LED flashers in the bottom of the front bumper and a perfectly shaped rear,

We like: quality of materials and workmanship, driving characteristics, driving position

It’s clear why SUVs are so popular and necessary. High seating position, visibility, good space and convenience with a modern look are sufficient arguments for any brand. So Mazda did just that and transformed its “troika”, which is shaped like a very sporty and low compact, one of the biggest weaknesses of which is the modest trunk volume, transformed it into a new dimension and tried to eliminate those shortcomings. Indeed, at first glance, the CX-30 is a much more practical alternative, and the boot here receives 430 liters, which with a slightly easier access and larger aperture makes it a much better alternative.

One of the reasons everyone loves SUVs is the high seating position, which brings clarity and ease of entry. Mazda was really cautious about height with the CX-30, as it did not want to lose its dynamic appearance, but neither did the driving characteristics that would undermine the high center of gravity of the body. So the seating position on the CX-30 is well-balanced, not too high, but not too low, too, so if you still want the feeling of riding a true SUV, you shouldn’t expect it here. Even though the Mazda CX-30 SUV is still a driver’s car.

The space offered on the CX-30 itself is good, and because of its different roofline and C-shape, it offers significantly more headroom for rear passengers than the Mazda 3. Thanks to the larger side windows, the interior is more airy, but rear passengers still do not have too much legroom. True, similar compact offerings are offered by competing compact SUVs, and by the way, we were pleased to see that, unlike the Mazda 3, there were no rear air vents here.

We do not like: visibility, rear seat space

The driving environment in the CX-30 is exactly the same as in the Mazda 3, except for a slightly higher seating position. With the addition of a slightly better choice and color of the material, the CX-30 really looks and offers the feel of a premium car, however flushed and over-forced it can be. Already in the basic package, the Mazda CX-30 comes with a dashboard that is lined with soft and quality leather, while all other panels are well assembled and very comfortable to touch.

The minimalism in cockpit design has delighted us here as well, combining classic design and modern elements in a great way. Such a large and elegant infotainment display still stands “tucked in” at the top of the center console, does not interfere with the driver’s field of view, and with simple controls on the central tunnel you can dial all its functions almost without looking. The exquisitely positioned three-spoke sports steering wheel hides instruments that will delight classics. Although it doesn’t look like it, in the middle is a large screen that perfectly mimics the analog speedometer, but can optionally show data from numerous assistive systems, navigation and the like.

Although most buyers of SUVs prefer automatic, Mazda seems wrong to skip such a precise and comfortable manual transmission. Its handle is in the perfect position, ideally in the hand and is one of the main “culprits” for a complete sporting atmosphere.

On the ride, the CX-30 continues its sporty feel. Although slightly higher, the suspension is noticeably smoother, which does not mean that it rides worse. On the contrary, on worse roads, the CX-30 remains neutral for longer, and road bumps do not interfere with the outlined route. In city driving, it reveals the greatest advantages over ordinary compacts, so improved visibility and more comfortable suspension, while still having very compact proportions of driving and parking, give it an excellent ratio of comfort and agility.

When you find yourself on a winding road with the CX-30, you are sure to enjoy it more than most other SUVs in this class. The lightweight yet very precise steering wheel with well-tuned suspension, which has a semi-rigid axle here as well, make this SUV very manageable and predictable, so it’s really hard to notice the downside of choosing this rear suspension concept over more modern multilink solutions. Also, from the base package, every CX-30 comes equipped with a G-Vectoring Control Plus system that, when demanding cornering, is responsible for the ideal power and torque distribution, as well as trajectory correction. In practice, it works almost imperceptibly, and with a high dose of control and stability, it still leaves the driver feeling that he or she is driving the car.

The base of the engine range here is the two-liter naturally aspirated petrol, which with 122bhp and 213Nm of torque is sufficient for most needs, but the slightly larger and heavier body makes it look a little more convincing than the Mazda 3. Still, the very quiet and sleek engine fits the image perfectly this SUV, while slightly more demanding drivers may still need to consider the new 180hp Skyactiv X engine. With a mild hybrid system that helps power the car’s devices and systems, consumption can be very modest, so on the open road we easily kept the average around 5 liters, while at the end of the test it remained at 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers. which is still very acceptable for an engine like this.

With the new generation of models, Mazda has been able to achieve very competitive prices in BiH and has very carefully placed itself on the threshold of the premium segment to which it belongs. In the beginning, the basic CX-30 models seem to have a slightly higher price tag than their competitors, but a look at the standard equipment list reveals a completely different picture. The basic equipment package already has elements such as a head-up display, LED lights and radar cruise control, which is on the list of expensive options among others. With the thoughtful addition of mini extra packages and the indispensable Soul Red Crystal body color, the CX-30 easily becomes one of the best purchases in the segment. Also, the CX-30 can be a true all-weather SUV with the choice of AWD all-wheel drive, which is becoming quite an exception among SUVs of this segment, as absurd as it may seem.

Test car information basic: Mazda CX-30 G122 M-Hybrid Plus
Basic model price: 43.780 KM selection: Mazda CX-30 Skyactiv-X G181 GT FWD – 50.380 KM
Test model price: 56.900 KM

Engine: transverse front , four cylinders, 16 valves, gasoline, atmospheric. Direct injection of fuel into the cylinders. Compression Ratio – 13: 1. Displacement is 1,998 cc. Maximum power 90 kW – 122 hp at 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque 213 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

Power Transmission: Drive over front axle. 6-speed manual transmission. 18 inch diameter wheels, tires 215/45 R18 (Toyo Proxes R51 A).

Fuel Performance and Consumption:Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 10.6 s. Top speed – 186 km / h. Average consumption per test – 7.5 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 6.2 l / 100 km in the city, 4.5 l / 100 km on the open road, 5.1 l / 100 km combined. Fuel Tank Capacity – 51 l. Average CO2 emissions 116 g / km. Euro 6d.

Dimensions: Length – 4.395 mm. Width – 1.795 mm. Height – 1.540 mm. Wheelbase – 2,655 mm. Luggage capacity – 430 to 1,406 liters. Curb weight – 1.335 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight – 1.927 kg.

Test car equipment:Board computer, digital instruments Head-up display – with windshield projection, LED headlamps with halogen daytime running lights, LED turn signals, LED taillights, 18 “ALU rims, Tire pressure monitoring system, Set for tire repair, Electrically adjustable, heated and folding rearview mirrors, Electric parking brake + ‘Auto Hold’ function, Engine start / stop switch (keyless), Leather steering wheel (new design), Leather gear lever, Power windows and rear seats, rear seats – foldable 60:40, center console with backrest, MZD Connect system +8.8 “color touch screen + HMI controller (new design), central remote lock, automatic lock ,G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC +) – Cornering and Stability Improvement System, Hill Start Assist (HLA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control (TCS), Front, Side and Window Airbags (front and rear), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) Knee Airbag – City Pedestrian Self-Locking System (AEB) Automatic Obstacle Braking System (SBS) Light Sensors (On / Off) and Rain ( self-regulation of wiper operation) Adaptive Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) Lane Departure Assistance (LKA) Dead Angle Control (BSM) + Side Traffic Alert (RCTA) Navigation System Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR).High Beam Auto On / Off (HBC) Fatigue Driver Alert System (DAA), Parking Sensors – Forward and Backward, Reverse Camera – Digital, 8 Car Audio Speakers (AM / FM, USB) Apple Carplay / Android Auto Digital Audio Receiver (DAB), Bluetooth® Synchronization for Mobile Devices, E-Call System, Multifunction Keys on the Steering Wheel, Forward Seat Heating, Steering Wheel Steering, Wiper Deflector, Dual-zone Automatic Air Conditioning, Smart Keyless Entry (Non-Contact Unlocking / Locking Vehicle), Interior Mirror – Self-Dimming (with Frame), Electric tailgate.USB) Apple Carplay / Android Auto Digital Audio Receiver (DAB), Bluetooth® Synchronization for Mobile Devices, E-Call (Emergency Call), Multifunction Keys on the Steering Wheel, Seat Forward, Steering Wheel Steering, Wiper Deflector, Two-Way automatic air conditioning, Smart Keyless Entry, Inner rearview mirror – Dimmable (with frame), Electric tailgate.USB) Apple Carplay / Android Auto Digital Audio Receiver (DAB), Bluetooth® Synchronization for Mobile Devices, E-Call (Emergency Call), Multifunction Keys on the Steering Wheel, Seat Forward, Steering Wheel Steering, Wiper Deflector, Two-Way automatic air conditioning, Smart Keyless Entry, Inner rearview mirror – Dimmable (with frame), Electric tailgate.Internal rearview mirror – self-dimming (with frame), Electrically open tailgate.Internal rearview mirror – self-dimming (with frame), Electrically open tailgate.

Optional on test car: premium metallic color Soul Crystal red: 1.320 KM, Sound: Bose sound system, 12 speakers Style: Customizable LED headlamps, Tinted windows – rear, Frameless interior mirror, Decorative glossy roof rack trims. Luxory: Leather-lined seats (standard black leather), Electrically adjustable front seats (driver’s seat with position memory), Head-Up Display / Exterior mirrors – with memory adjustment, Auto-rotate exterior mirrors down (Reverse), Safety: 360 ° Top View Monitor, Camera Fatigue Driver Alert (DAA +), Forward Side Alert (FCTA), Back Side Alert with Automatic Braking, City Auto-Back Brake (Raer-SCBS), Cruising Driver Support & Traffic.

Warranties: 3 years or 100,000 miles, 12 years for corrosion, 3 years for paint.

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