The Mazda CX-30 was revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show. Here’s everything you need to know about the company’s new small SUV.
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Price and release date
From £21,000; on sale later this year
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Mazda CX-30 price and release date
The Mazda CX-30 will go on sale later this year and is expected to start from around £21,000, slotting between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs in terms of price and size. That money will buy you a basic 2.0-lite petrol model with all-wheel drive, while choosing a version fitted with Mazda’s high-tech SkyActive-X petrol engine will push the price up to nearly £25,000. As a result, it’ll be an alternative to cars such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai.
Mazda CX-30 specs
The Mazda CX-30 might have the looks of an SUV but underneath its jacked-up body are the same parts that you’ll find in the new Mazda 3. The two cars also share plenty in common in terms of styling, with the CX-30 getting the 3’s distinctive grille and long bonnet. Thankfully, the CX-30’s flatter roofline means the back of the car doesn’t look like a dog that’s squatting down to do its you know what.
If that’s an image you want to get out of your head then take a look at the CX-30’s pretty minimalist interior. It gets a large central infotainment screen that helps cut down on the number of buttons on the dashboard. Unlike the Volkswagen Tiguan’s touchscreen, the CX-30’s infotainment screen is controlled via a scroll wheel between the two front seats, which should make it easier to operate when you’re driving. All the regular dials are angled towards your driver’s seat and you get a small three-spoke steering wheel, which helps make the CX-30 feel sporty.
Sporty but also practical, the Mazda CX-30 has a raised ride height that will make it easier to get in and out of than the 3, and it will have space for four adults, with the car getting the same comfortable seats as the new 3. They’ve been designed to maintain the natural S-shaped posture of your spine. Along with more passenger space than you’ll get in the 3, the Mazda CX-30 will also offer more luggage room with a larger, squarer boot.
Along with the SUV looks and increased practicality, the CX-30 should also offer the go-anywhere ability of a proper SUV, up to a point anyway, because it is expected to get all-wheel drive as standard, for more grip on slippery roads and improved stability in bends. Engines will include a 120hp 2.0-litre petrol and a 114hp 2.0-litre diesel, but the one to get excited about is the 180hp SkyActive-X 2.0-litre petrol. It uses compression to deliver diesel-like fuel economy, but without the clatter. Sign up to the carwow newsletter at the top of your screen for all the latest on the new CX-30.