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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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.
Answered by Dan Powell
We do 10,000 miles per year. Can you recommend a suitable 4WD SUV?
"My wife and I have a 2015 Ford Kuga, which we are looking to replace it in the not too distant future. We enjoy the ride height and the practicalities of four wheel drive and we do not want an electric car or a plug-in hybrid. At the moment, we've been used to a manual gearbox but are aware that auto boxes are more prevalent. We don't cover as many miles as we used to, probably about 10,000 miles a year, if that. Does this negate the use of a diesel?"
A modern diesel needs at least 15-miles (per journey) to keep the DPF healthy. If your driving does not accommodate for this, I would recommend a petrol. Perhaps something like the Mazda CX-30: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mazda/cx-30-2020
Answered by Dan Powell

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

Buy new from £20,966 (list price from £22,940)
Contract hire from £208.80 per month