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.
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.