Mazda CX-30 (2019) Review

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Mazda CX-30 (2019) At A Glance

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

-No diesel in the UK.

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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Should I buy a four-wheel-drive car for snow or will winter tyres do the job?
"I want to buy a car to drive down to the Alps for the winter ski season. I'm thinking that an AWD or 4WD would be best, or will an ordinary car fitted with winter tyres be as good? I do appreciate that I will need to take snow chains. I don't want it to be too big as it will be parked in an underground car park with fairly tight spaces. I currently have a Honda Jazz so, ideally, not much bigger than that. A newish second-hand car would be best but I would also consider a new car. My budget is £30k. Any advice, particularly a list of models that I should consider, would be really appreciated. Thank you."
A two-wheel drive car with snow tyres is much better than a four-wheel drive without, although a four-wheel drive with snow tyres is the best option of the lot! The Mazda CX-30 is worth considering because it should be as reliable as your Honda and your budget is plenty to get you a brand new car. It looks stylish and feels nicely built inside. It has a 2.0-litre petrol engine so you can expect it to get around 40mpg if driven carefully, about 50% less than your Honda. For parking, it's about 3 cm longer than the Honda. The Skoda Karoq is about the same size as the Mazda. It's not got quite as good a reputation for reliability as the Mazda (it's still pretty good) and it's not quite as stylish looking, however, it is more practical and has better infotainment. Four-wheel drive versions of the Karoq only come with a diesel engine, although I wouldn't let that put you off – it means they have plenty of power and will get better fuel economy than the Mazda. Your budget is enough to get you a new car. Both the Fiat Panda 4x4 and the Suzuki Jimny have lots of grip in snow and are actually slightly smaller than your Jazz, although they both lack power and can feel a little wearing on a long drive. You'll get them brand new under budget.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which tyres offer protection from kerbing?
"My Mazda CX-3 tyres are coming close to replacement time. Would you know of a tyre that protects against kerbing the wheel?"
If you want summer tyres - we hear the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 are very good for alloy protection. For all-season tyres, the Michelin Cross Climate + also offer this protection. If you find tyres you like and want to know if they offer any kind of allow protection, look out for these symbols (which are used across a range of manufacturers): - RFP (Rim Fringe Protector) - FP (Fringe Protector) - MFS (Maximum Flange Shield) - FR (Felgen Ripen) - FSL (Felgenschutzleiste) - ML (Mit Leiste)
Answered by Georgia Petrie
What's the most comfortable, fuel-efficient SUV?
"I'm looking for an SUV that's easy to get into, comfortable to drive for hours at a time and has good fuel economy. Long journeys would be on motorways/dual carriageways. I'm looking at Nissan Qashqai 1.5 diesel, Peugeot 2008 and 3008. Any help, please?"
Skoda Karoq, Toyota C-HR, Lexus NX and Peugeot 3008 are the best for comfort. Might also want to consider the Mazda CX-30. We're running a CX-30 long term currently and it's very good - but there's no diesel-engined models in the UK.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend the best used, small crossover?
"I'm looking for a used, compact SUV/crossover for around £14,000. I do mainly town driving and short motorway trips, so was thinking a petrol automatic would be best, but could also go with a slick manual. My main requirements are high seating for a bad back, an engaging drive and something that looks good, but is also comfortable. I kept my last car for 14 happy years of driving, and would hopefully do at least 10 years with this one. I've done lots of research but I'm still finding this a really difficult decision, so would appreciate your recommendations. The lack of rear visibility puts me off the Toyota C-HR. I liked the Honda HR-V, but found the petrol engine a little underpowered. The Suzuki Vitara S seems to fit the bill too, although I'm concerned I'll be paying for an AWD system I don't use and some reviews mention numb steering when on the motorway. The Audi Q3 or SEATAteca are also a consideration. I could go on, but hopefully you can sense my confusion. What would see as the best option in my price range? "
The C-HR would be the best choice. It was rated as one of the best cars in the UK for comfort in our recent Satisfaction Index and Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/ An alternative to the C-HR would be the 2.0 petrol Mazda CX-3. It's one of the most stylish crossovers and has a high quality cabin.
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What does a Mazda CX-30 (2019) cost?

Buy new from £24,405 (list price from £26,135)