2020 Mazda CX-30 Review – First Drive | carsales


Car makers in Australia seem keen on delivering
two particular products at the moment, compact SUVs and serous fuel saving technologies,
and for Mazda this could be the offering that covers both bases, it’s the new CX-30 SUV,
and we’ll see it in local showrooms in early 2020. Sitting between the existing CX-3 and CX-5,
the CX-30 is Mazda’s rival to SUVs including the Nissan Qashqai, Honda HRV and Toyota CHR. Three different petrol engine choices will
be available in Australia, but no diesel, with pricing set to start at about $25 000
before on road costs. Now, conventional wisdom would have you think
that CX-4 is probably a better nameplate for this car, but that’s name is already in
use in China so instead we have CX-30. For all intents and purposes though, this
is essentially a Mazda 3 on stilts. It’s got the same platform, the same torsion
beam rear axle, and in Australia we’re likely to see the same engine choices, so a 2 litre
petrol, 2.5 litre petrol, and the new Skyactiv petrol drivetrain. Now at this launch here in Germany we’re not
driving any of the powertrains that are coming to Australia, but even so we’re getting a
really good feel for this car. The CX-30 in the road hits all the key points
that you’d expect from a Mazda, it’s quiet, it’s refined. The cabin is devoid of squeaks and rattles. As with any new Mazda there’s a nice level
of polish to the key controls. The steering has good levels of feel and feedback,
the weighting is perfect, and the car feels really planted and controlled through the
corners. Weighing in 50 kilograms heavier than the
Mazda 3 with which it’s shares many underbody parts, the CX-30 measures a little under 4.4
metres in length, slotting it right between the CX-3 and the CX-5. Inside that translates to adequate room for
four adults. The rear seats, accessed via air vents, and
fitted with two ISOFIX child anchorage points. All told though, a 430 litre boot ultimately
limits the CX-30s family car appeal. This is a typical Mazda SUV, but I’ve got
to say as a city car I feel like it would be a really handy device. It’s not big or cumbersome in any way, it’s
easy to navigate through these tight streets, and at the same time it still feels like it’s
well suited to the open road. You’ve got a slightly bigger footprint than
the CX-3, so you’re combining the best elements of something like the CX-5 with the best elements
of a city SUV. In European trim, the CX-30s ride feels firm
yet controlled on 18 inch wheels. There’s plenty of promise from Mazda’s new
Skyactiv-X engine, which is set to offer diesel like fuel economy from a petrol motor. The CX-30s dynamic polish is supported by
an equally well finished interior, with soft contact points and an anticipated five star
safety rating. Now granted we haven’t driven the exact engine
specification that you’ll find in Australia, and the jury remains out on ride and handling
for our rougher conditions, but that said, as a first taste test, the CX-30 delivers
on a lot of fronts and I think it will be the right SUV at the perfect time for Australian
customers.

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