All-New Mazda CX-30 Slots Between CX-3 And CX-5, Because We Can’t Get Enough SUVs

In the rare instance that you find Mazda’s CX-3 a touch too small, and at the same time, the CX-5 a little too big, the Japanese carmaker has come up with a solution that hears to the name CX-30.

Sales for the CX-30, unveiled just now in Geneva, will commence in the middle of this year in Europe, followed by the rest of the world at some point in time. As far as styling is concerned, the CX-30 has been thought up using Mazda’s Kodo design language, resulting in a dynamic exterior.

“We designed the CX-30 to be an essential partner in the customer’s daily life,” said Mazda president & CEO, Akira Marumoto. “It will be made at key global plants so we can deliver Mazda’s renowned driving pleasure and matured Kodo design to customers all over the world. Moving forward, our new products and technologies will ensure customers continue to see the value in owning a Mazda car. We aim to be recognised as a brand that forms the strongest of bonds with each customer.”

Inside, it features “relaxed and user-friendly packaging”, with enough room for four adults. Meanwhile, the increased height over a regular saloon or hatchback means improved visibility on the road, as well as easier access inside, as with most crossovers. As for the freestanding infotainment system, it can be controlled via a rotary dial on the center console.

Power comes from the automaker’s latest-generation Skyactive engines, including the Skyactiv-X. While no official word has been dropped, we expect the CX-30 to utilize the same hardware as the latest Mazda3, which should mean 1.5-, 2.0 and 2.5-liter petrol units, as well as a 1.8-liter diesel for Europe. An optional all-wheel drive system should also be available.

Compared to a Mazda3, the CX-30 has an extra 25 mm (0.98 inches) in ground clearance, plus an impressive 430 liters (15.1 cu.ft) of volume inside the trunk, compared to the 3’s 295 liters (10.4 cu.ft).

While there’s no word yet on pricing, Mazda will probably charge you a little less than they would for a CX-5, which means that in the U.S. for example, the CX-30 could set you back anywhere between $24,350 (entry-level CX-5) and $20,390 (entry-level CX-3).

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  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Finally, a mazda that I don’t like.

    • Belthronding

      finally a mazda that i do not get the point of it.

  • Leconte Dave



    is this european CX-4?

  • Jake Ginther

    Too much black cladding. Looks like they tried to make two different cars, an off road looking one and a sleeker coupe like one. But that didn’t work well together.

    • StrangerGP

      more rust proof materials is good news for Mazda 😉

  • dumblikeyou2

    Mazda’s jerry-rigged answer to the Subaru Crosstrek. Cladding much?


      since mazda cx5 is a bit more “upmarket”, yes

  • EM1

    I like choice but having an overlapping range of too many SUVs can be a little stressful for the consumer. This model should have something totally unique that separates it from the rest.

  • NoMan2015

    They should’ve renamed the existing CX-3 the CX-2, then called this the new CX-3. Adding a 0 is going to be SUPER confusing for most buyers.

  • erly5

    Nice car but messes up Mazda’s naming strategy. Size-wise it would make more sense for this to be called CX-3 and the CX-3 re-named as the CX-2.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      Since there’s a cx4 already, cx-35 would make much more sense

  • Rocket

    I don’t object to the model positioning, but the execution is less than ideal. Take all that cladding off and you might have something.

    First you disappointment me with the ungainly 3 hatch, and now this. Come on, Mazda!

  • diesel_vdub

    That would cause issues with the potential upcoming coupe based version of the SUVs, gotta fill every possible slot like BMW.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Another day, another SUV…

  • MayTheBestCarWin05


  • Baeyoung ❂

    Way better than CX-3

  • klowik

    The plastic cladding is just too thick!! Otherwise it looks pretty good.

  • Why didn’t Mazda just name this the CX-4, given that the current model is China-only and already due for a replacement? This new naming convention is confusing. What does the additional 0 stand for? In terms of design, it certainly looks good though the wheel arches may be a tad too thick.

    • EM1

      My only guess is that perhaps another company bought the rights to “CX-4” in the US.

  • ctk4949

    Actually this would be perfect for my mom, she says the CX-3 is too small and the CX-5 is a little too big for her. lol

    • Brian Regan

      Same for a friend of mine. She just upgraded her CX-3 lease because it’s too small for a CX-5, which she didn’t get originally because it was too big.

  • Dennis Scipio

    So this is like Mazda’s answer to the Jeep Compass or the Nissan Qashqai/Rogue Sport.

  • Steve Cohn

    Is this SUV going to cannibalize sales of the CX-3 and/or CX-5?
    If so, the total sales for all 3 will be the same as last year’s sales for the CX-3 & 5 with the addition of huge R&D costs for the CX-30.

    • salamOOn

      i would take cx5 over this, no doubt.

    • MarkoS

      Bets are the CX3 is phased out and we will see the CX30, CX50, CX70 and CX90 in the future.

  • MarkoS

    Haters will hate. Frankly I am fine with the cladding, it seems to be in all the right useful places. Very nice interior and restrained but modern exterior. Mazda will push a bunch of these, if details match the new 3. I wonder if this is a totally new CUV naming strategy, CX30, CX50, CX90. This seems to be a replacement for the CX3 in the USA at least. For me, I would like to see a more outdoor lifestyle focused vehicle with more rugged and less derivative styling. This would be a great daily driver and weekend runabout though.

    • Rocket

      You don’t have to be a hater to be disappointed. Mazda seems like a company that would reduce the amount of cladding as they move upmarket, not add more. The Outback look does not work for them.

      • MarkoS

        It will work out just fine and they will have no problem selling them.

        • Rocket

          Doesn’t mean it couldn’t have been better executed. That so many people here have been critical, a brand favorite in these parts, is an indication I’m not alone. I certainly wouldn’t buy one.

          And for the record, Mazda has problems selling everything it makes, though admittedly this one model won’t make or break them either way.

          • MarkoS

            Its an indication of the critical audience these sites attract. This will be very popular.

          • Rocket

            Don’t blame the audience. The Mazda fanboys are stacked mucho deep here. And again, no Mazda is “very popular” in the States. I assure you this one won’t be, either.

          • MarkoS

            Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. Mazda is doing just fine.

          • Rocket

            Oh, please! For a full line mainstream brand they’re a blip on the chart. They moved 300k units here in 2018. Tiny Subaru more than doubled that volume. Hopefully their desire to push up-market will help profits, because Mazda’s volume won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The good news: they seem to be okay with that.

  • Brian Regan

    I like this better than the CX-3 but, like the CX-3, the huge plastic chunks don’t do it for me.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Looks like a bloated Mazda 3 hatchback with higher ground clearance.

  • salamOOn

    i’m disappointed AF! Looks very weird…

  • charlotteharry57

    This was SUPPOSED to be the desperately-needed-to-be-enlarged CX-3 and not a CX-4, which is NOT needed. If Mazda enlarged the CX-3, the gap between it and the CX-5 would be minimal. The gap in Mazda’s CUV lineup is between the CX-5 and the CX-9. And there goes Mazda veering off track and into the weeds. I’ve been worried about them ever since they said that they intend to be a luxury brand and compete with Lexus. Idiotic.

    • Eric

      Agree with the CX-5 / CX-9 gap. They need something that can fit 5 more comfortably that the CX-5 (and a bit more stuff). They could maybe base it off the CX-9 platform, but then the price would be maybe too close to the -9. But it doesn’t seem to matter to the Passport, so I guess they could?

      • Salih Ahzem

        In Japan they have a CX-8 which is basically a LWB CX-5. I don’t get why they just chop the rear of CX-9 like Honda did with the Passport and Pilot.

        • Rocket

          We’re getting an all new model in the US, almost certainly to be called the CX7. The CX8 has already been ruled out for our market.

    • Able

      You watch, they won’t replace the CX-3 and this will become that. That’s why it’s called CX-30 and not CX-4.

    • MarkoS

      That is in he works as well. Mazda want American production for that hence the Toyota joint venture.

  • ksegg

    Ah yes, ever since MB decided it needed to “fill every conceivable niche”, all others have since followed suit.

  • Dude

    Wow that is dumb

  • Matt

    Mostly how heavy-handed the cladding is, making the wheels look too small and somewhat ruining the otherwise nice lines of the bodywork.

  • Althea Later

    Nice enough, but how many hatches with 45 degree slopes do we need? Can we have a hatch that’s squared-off in the back, so we can actually fit more stuff back there?

  • Bill Nguyen

    Uhh… Why didn’t they just call it the CX-4 then?

    • Able

      I suspect because this will eventually replace the CX-3.

      • Bill Nguyen

        I actually just looked it up. Apparently, there already is a CX-4; it’s a China only model. Who knew?

        • Matthijs

          Well that hasn’t been a problem for other brands who have a car there with the same name. A Skoda Kamiq is a different car there for example

  • Giziclown

    It doesn’t fit the line up, it looks we, it is wierd a big disappointment..

  • MarkoS

    Haters will hate. Frankly I am fine with the cladding, it seems to be in all the right useful places. Very nice interior and restrained but modern exterior. Mazda will push a bunch of these, if details match the new 3. I wonder if this is a totally new CUV naming strategy, CX30, CX50, CX90. This seems to be a replacement for the CX3 in the USA at least. For me, I would like to see a more outdoor lifestyle focused vehicle with more rugged and less derivative styling. This would be a great daily driver and weekend runabout though.

    • If that indeed will be Mazda’s new CUV naming strategy, it will sound very much like the name of Volvo’s crossovers.

    • EM1

      A Suzuki Jimny inspired vehicle would have been nice.

  • Momogg

    I think CX-35 could be better.

  • klowik

    adding a piece of silver metal bar across the bottom on both sides should make the thick black cladding look less thick. Still the plastic wheel arch is bit too thick.

  • Matthijs

    Weird name. The great looking CX-3 and special looking Mazda3 makes this CX-30 look a bit dull. Although I get it, both other cars aren’t roomy at all so a more spacious and normal looking SUV should get new buyers. But all that plastic is way too much. The interior looks great again, that blue with brown is stunning!

    • Perry F. Bruns

      The name is confusing, and I agree with you about the plastic. That said, I have to admit I like the greenhouse area, especially the D-pillar, though I wish for utility reasons that crossovers didn’t always have rounded back ends these days.

    • Sybill Julian

      horrible side plastic that look like an aftermarket third world countries accessories


    • Scino Iem

      CX-4 already exists.

      • SteersUright

        Not in the US market, it does not.

        • 6thGear

          The US market is not the only market Mazda has to consider globally. This vehicle will most likely be sold in China along with the CX-4.

    • SteersUright

      First think that came to my mind.

  • nik

    Plastic cladding.

  • alexxx

    Mazda…the successful brother of Alfa Romeo ???

  • WalthamDan

    I agree with all the comments about the ‘too thick’ side cladding, but at the same time if they were to reduce that then the sides of the car would appear too tall. Overall, it has a nice sporty, stubby bobcat sot of look to it. Should do well.
    So does this mean the CX-5 will go even higher up in price, size and luxury content when it is next redesigned?

  • DMJ

    First new generation Mazda that I don’t like. And so unnecessary.

    • Sybill Julian

      yeah me too as a CX-3 owner. the interior is great but what’s with those side plastics?? it’s too thick

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Very nice design. Basically what the Alfa Romeo Tonale should have been…except it’s Mazda. A car you and actually buy and like for a long time.

  • Giziclown

    This vehicle with its huge, thick plastic on its sides is a design failure, it makes the whole car feel cheap. It is hideous.

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