Should Mazda’s New CX-30 Make Its Way On Your Shopping List?

Mazda took to the Geneva Motor Show this spring to uncover the CX-30. Their latest high-riding vehicle bridges the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5, and should’ve been named the CX-4, but Mazda’s already using this moniker for a different crossover in China.

Unlike the CX-4, which is limited to the People’s Republic, the CX-30 will launch soon in global markets; and to give consumers an idea of what to expect, the company invited motoring journalists to Germany for a test drive.

Also Read: Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 vs. CX-5: Which One Is Your Favorite?

If you’re unfamiliar with Hamamatsu’s current lineup, then you probably won’t be able to tell it apart from its smaller (or larger) siblings just by looking at the pics. However, it does have some sleeker design characteristics, like the slim taillights and more pronounced plastic cladding, wrapped up in a very eye-catching styling.

The interior is typical to modern Mazdas, featuring plenty of soft-touch materials and leather and combining them with intuitive controls and new tech features. The CX-30 has more than adequate space for four and a boot that, at 430 liters (15.2 cu-ft) with the rear seats in the upright position, comparable to the Nissan Qashqai

On the go, users will enjoy a quiet and comfortable ride that’s a tad on the firm side with the 18-inch wheels. Drivers will notice that the steering provides good feedback and the vehicle feels planted through corners. These were some of CarSales’ observations from the first encounter with the CX-30, but they also talked about fuel economy, urban driving and many others, which you can view in the video right below.


  • no25

    i love mazda’s new design language, and their cars look amazing lately, but this is the runt in the family right now

    • Jesse Sahely

      CX-3 and Mazda2 are offended…

  • WalthamDan

    Mazda must have scored quite the deal on black plastic cladding.


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  • ctk4949

    Sure if it comes with the same 2.5t from the CX-5. Why not call it the CX-40??

    • Dude

      The CX-4 is already a model in china. And it’s only getting a 2.0L Skyactiv-G, (probably 2.0L) Skyactiv-X, and a 1.8L Diesel.

      • ctk4949

        I know, that’s why I said CX-40. lol

        • Matthijs

          In Japan, four (四) can be read as “yon” (よん) or “shi” (し). The kanji for death is “shi” (死), which is why the number four is considered unlucky. Since the CX-4 is only sold and produced in China it wasn’t a problem

  • Matthijs

    Like every Mazda it has a great interior and drives very well. But also typical Mazda; not that spacious or practical. It’s almost like Mazda wánt people to buy a competitor..

    • Able

      Have you ever sat in a Nissan Qashqai? That’s the car Mazda are targeting with the CX-30 and their roominess looks on par. Might I add, the CX-30’s boot is only 12-litres smaller than the CX-5’s (the Australian CX-5) despite being much smaller so clearly they’re improving their practicality skills.

      • Matthijs

        when you are taller than 1m80 you will struggle with leg- and headroom in the back. Sure its better than the Mazda3 but sit in a (smaller) SUV/Crossover from the VW-group and they offer more space. And things like adjustable rear seats are missing and also the hump in the boot is fairly high. They already have the CX-3 and Mazda3 where styling comes first, with the CX-30 they had the chance to turn in out completely

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    With that huge black cladding, sorry I’ll pass…

  • MarkoS

    Nice enough, I would love to see Mazda adventure into rugged territory with some unique styling for such vehicles.

  • StrangerGP

    Mazda – Hey, if it’s plastic it won’t get rust…

  • Rocket

    Lower the body and remove the cladding, and you have the Mazda 3 hatchback we should have received.

    • WalthamDan

      and people might be able to actually see out the back of it

  • darex

    How it will handle those Australian conditions is such an unknown! Things like Vegemite drip wearability, and of course the antipodal Coriolis effect will surely conspire to render any notion of how this car might perform in AUSTRALIAN urban conditions completely speculative at this point. We’ll have to wait until we can test the seatbelt tensioners and turn signals under AUSTRALIAN conditions, before we can say whether or not this car is any good. Mazda Australia will no doubt expertly tune the seat controls to match AUSTRALIAN tastes and demands, so until then, we know nothing.

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