Review: Mazda CX-30 (2019)

Stylish SUV sits between CX-3 and CX-5 to compete with Qashqai, 3008, Kuga and Tiguan.

No diesel in the UK.

Mazda CX-30 (2019): At A Glance

The CX-30 is essentially a Mazda 3 on stilts, sitting between the CX-3 and CX-5 and rivalling the likes of the Skoda Karoq.

It's available with a choice of two of petrol engines, including Mazda's recolutionary Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition technology - said to combine the free-revving performance of a petrol engine with the fuel economy of a diesel. All petrol engines feature mild hybrid technology using an electric motor and a 24V lithium-ion battery mounted between the wheels.

Technology includes Mazda's Driver Monitoring system, which uses an infrared camera and infrared LED to identify when the driver needs to take a break. Front Cross Traffic Alert is available on the CX-30, as is Mazda's Cruising and Traffic Support. The latter assists with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic.

Mazda claims that four full-sized passengers can comfortably fit in the CX-30, while 430 litres of luggage space puts it on a par with the Nissan Qashqai.

The Mazda CX-30 is on sale now with deliveries from early 2020.

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What does a Mazda CX-30 (2019) cost?

List Price from £22,895
Buy new from £20,356
Contract hire from £207.60 per month

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Should I buy a Mazda CX-30?

I have a Mazda 3 (six years old next Feb.) and am very pleased with it on most counts. I am considering changing it for a higher vehicle for easier and more comfortable access. I am very taken with the Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR. The Toyota has the attraction of a five year warranty, but I prefer the CX-30. I was wondering why Mazda only offers a three year warranty in the UK but a five year one in Australia. How do they justify such a policy on identically engineered vehicles? Has it something to do with the competition faced in the Australian market?
I can't answer for Mazda. Renault has just revived its five-year 100,000 mile warranty, same as Toyota. Hyundai offers five years unlimited mileage. KIA offers seven years limited to 100,000 miles. Nothing to stop you paying extra for an extended warranty. Not a single German based company offers more than three years, but then neither does Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall or Honda or Ford. The C-HR also has the attraction of a 2.0 litre self-charging hybrid drive and potentially around 55mpg: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/toyota/toyota-c-hr-20-hybrid-2020-road-test/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mazda/mazda-cx-30-2019-road-test/
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