Launch Impressions: 2020 Mazda CX30

The new Mazda CX30 is the brand’s “just right” model

We previewed the all-new Mazda CX30 late last year and on paper, the sleekly styled addition to Mazda’s SUV range impressed.

Now we have had the opportunity to drive the newcomer at the official Australian model launch in Victoria.

The fifth SUV in Mazda’s local SUV family, the CX30 shares its essential Skyactiv DNA with new Mazda3, and in most critical dimensions including length, width, wheelbase and interior space measurements, sits neatly between the smaller CX3 and larger CX5, making it ‘just right’ for many buyers.

There’s 317 litres (VDA) of cargo space (53L more than CX3, but not exactly capacious), whilst under the cargo area floor resides a space saver spare. Rear occupant space isn’t really up to regular duties for adults or a family, but then that’s not exactly the target market.

The CX30’s handsome exterior continues Mazda’s Kodo styling theme, while inside, the cabin delivers an elegantly premium look and feel. 

Black/navy cloth seat trims will be found on Pure and Evolve models, while the higher spec Touring and Astina have black leather or optional Pure White leather on Astina models.

Mazda CX30

An 8.8” colour display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and DAB+ radio are standard on all grades, as is a head-up display to inform the driver without allowing focus to drop from the road ahead.

Mazda has delivered on the safety front with seven airbags fitted, and standard driver assistance features including Blind Spot Monitoring, Smart Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Radar Cruise Control with Stop/Go function, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Obstruction Warning on all grades.

In independent ANCAP crash testing CX30 achieved a near perfect 99% score for adult occupant protection, the highest ANCAP have so far recorded.

Combined with high scores for all other destructive tests and strong protection for child occupants, CX30 had no trouble grabbing a five-star safety rating.

The range offers four grades in front-wheel-drive configuration and two grades in all-wheel-drive.
Grade dependent, there’s a choice of petrol engines, either the G20 114kW 2.0-litre or G25 139kW 2.5-litre, both with Skyactiv-G technology. All models drive through a six-speed auto.

Having sampled both engines, we can say the larger capacity G25 is the more convincing performer.

The G20 does the job, but the bigger engine feels torquier, is better able to cope with hills, and responds more eagerly when questioned.

CX30 is easy to drive and delivers impressively car-like steering and dynamics.

List prices start at $29,990 (G20 Pure FWD) and max out at $43,490 (G25 Astina AWD).

Mazda CX30