Mazda SUVs Discover the Mazda SUV range and compare new, used and leasing deals

Mazda is a brand that has been gently growing out its range of SUVs, having previously made a name with the MX-5 two-seat roadster. It has a variety of petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid power alternatives across a good range of SUV alternatives.

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Mazda SUV models: current range

Mazda’s SUVs total five at present, covering one petrol-only model, one plug-in hybrid, an electric one, one that’s petrol or diesel and one that has petrol, diesel and PHEV alternatives. So the full set!

Mazda CX-30

The CX-30 is the entry point to the Mazda SUV range from a price point of view, although it’s the same length as the MX-30. Available with either 122hp or 186hp 2.0-litre petrol engines with mild hybrid tech to improve efficiency, the MX-30 looks great, is well equipped and is one of the most sporting and fun small SUVs from a driver’s perspective. The engines are though a bit flat from a performance perspective, if reasonably efficient, and it’s not the most practical of small SUVs.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s mid-sized SUV, the CX-5, isn’t the newest of models in a crowded area of the market, having been launched back in 2018, but it’s well-equipped, has a nice level of interior quality and is good to drive. There’s a choice of 184hp diesel engine, or either 165hp or 194hp petrol, the latter with four-wheel drive when the others are front-drive, so if you need to tow or traverse muddy roads or fields, then that’s the best choice. Just be aware that it’s not the most practical of mid-sized SUVs thanks to a boot size a bit below the best alternatives, and it’s also not the cheapest of options.

Mazda MX-30

The first electric Mazda production car, the MX-30 is very much in urban or second car territory thanks to its tiny official range figure of just 124 miles. In the real world that’s likely to not even break 100. But the small battery means lighter weight, which has an impact on the handling, ride quality and overall nimbleness of the car, which are all up with the best EVs. At least for the few miles before you have to recharge again…

Mazda MX-30 R-EV

If you like the way Mazda’s MX-30 EV looks, but can’t cope with the awful range figure, then maybe the MX-30 R-EV version would be a better bet. The electric motor is replaced by what is effectively a plug-in hybrid system, where the car can run for up to an official 53 miles on electric power alone, before switching to a petrol engine for longer distances. The range is close enough to the electric one to cast plenty of shadow over the EV, although the R-EV version is pricier. But it’s also more powerful at 170hp versus the EV’s 145hp.

Mazda CX-60

The big boss of Mazda SUVs, the CX-60 is also the newest. Available with a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power at 200hp, 254hp and 327hp respectively, the CX-60 caters for a variety of desires. All bar the petrol one are four-wheel drive too. Decent equipment levels and interior finish are plus points, alongside the car’s fine-handling nature for those that like their SUV with a dose of sportiness, but it’s not cheap, rear space isn’t the best and the PHEV’s electric-only range figure lags behind the best in the business.

Mazda SUVs FAQs

Mazda’s SUVs are generally underrated compared to more successful but potentially less good alternatives from more mainstream or household car brands. They tend to be well-equipped, good to drive and with high levels of interior quality, although the pricing can be higher than average and they’re not always the most spacious and practical.
Mazda tends to enhance Japanese brands’ good reputation for reliability, and the company usually scores well in customer satisfaction surveys.
Mazda does indeed make more than one hybrid SUV. If you want a mild hybrid (small battery helping make the petrol engine more efficient), then the CX-30 or CX-5 tick that box, but if a full plug-in hybrid is more what you’re after, then the MX-30 R-EV or the CX-60 have powertrains that allow you to drive around on electric power for 53 or 39 miles respectively, before switching to petrol power. 
Mazda’s biggest SUV is the chunky CX-60, a car that measures 4745mm long and has 570 litres of boot space. It’s also the priciest Mazda SUV with a starting point of around £45,000, stretching up to £55,000. 
In size terms, the Mazda CX-30 and MX-30 electric and plug-in hybrid twins measure the same 4395mm in length, although the CX-30 is significantly cheaper and more practical than either of the electrified models. It starts at just over £25,000, whereas the MX30 models start at over £30,000.
The CX-5 is the mid-point of Mazda’s SUV range and probably the best bet. Although it’s starting to show its age, it’s a great all-rounder and well-specced, while also being good to drive.