2020 Mazda CX-30: Where Does It Stand In The Already Crowded SUV Market?

Like most rivals, Mazda has ventured into the SUV world with more than one product. It has the CX-3 and CX-5 out to cater to those looking for a subcompact and a compact-sized model respectively, and from this year, the CX-30 that bridges the gap between them.

You might be wondering why they didn’t name it the CX-4, and the answer is simple: Mazda is already selling the CX-4 in China, so the CX-30 moniker was chosen instead to avoid confusion. A challenger to the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc, it sports the company’s new, and quite successful, design language on the outside, while getting some plastic cladding on the lower parts.

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

The interior also falls in line with the rest of the company’s models, with nice quality plastics, good and easy to use infotainment system, controllable via the rotary dial, decent space at the front and back, and a decently-sized boot. It’s also quiet on the highway and quite comfortable. Nonetheless, if you expect sharp steering and dynamic handling, you’re in for a disappointment, as they’re not the SUV’s strong points.

In the UK, the CX-30 is offered with a choice of two engines. The SkyActiv-G packs a 2.0-liter petrol mild-hybrid unit with cylinder deactivation, which produces 122 PS (120 hp / 90 kW). A six-speed manual gearbox and front wheel drive are standard, although you can get it with a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive as an option. The SkyActiv-X 2.0-liter mill is also available, making 180 PS (177 hp / 132 kW) and promising more torque at lower revs and fuel consumption that’s comparable to a diesel.

For what it’s worth, the CX30 is decent to drive, packs enough kit even in lower grades and is on the comfortable side of things. Should it be on your list? The review right below might just help you decide.


  • Bash

    I like the clean neat dash.

  • dolsh

    I still don’t get it. Maybe seeing it parked next to a CX-3 or CX5 would help. It’s kinda clear that Mazda is trying to catch more sales with more CUV’s. I just can’t help but think that is someone isn’t buying a CX-3 or CX-5, they’re not going to buy the CX-30.

    Perhaps something between the CX-5 and CX-9 would have been a better idea. Having a CX-5 in the driveway, I know it could be small for some families, and the CX-9 seems large. On a whim, it could even be called the CX-7.

    • PhilMcGraw

      Rumors point to a CX-7 being resurrected. It’ll be built in Alabama alongside Toyota’s unnamed SUV in 2021. So we will most likely see a concept for it next year.

    • They Should have made a CX-7, they used to have one, could have been a CX-5 slightly longer with two extra seats. As Peugeot have 3008 and 5008, Nissa Qashqai and X-Trail, VW Tiguan and Tiguan AllSpace… You get idea. It’s not too late.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Bring it, Mazda, because the newest Mazda3 is not selling and this will be the answer to the slowest kid on the block Subaru Impreza.
    I told everyone the new 3 wasn’t gonna sell based on its looks alone and everyone jumped down my throat.
    Chunky and ugly is what people want right now.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    CX-3 is not suitable as a family car, the CX-5 is a typical SUV, the CX-30 is the perfect mix. That plastic cladding in the end doesnt look so bad actually. The CX-30 is more a crossover than the CX-5 and should get people over the line to buy it instead of the Mazda3 (CX-5 is too much of a big step). Me personally would not consider the CX-5 but I would consider the CX-30

    Great car btw and that interior looks amazing

  • jonas demuro

    The problem is that they need to differentiate it better. Here in the US it is getting the exact same engine from the CX-5. I have this engine in my CX-5, and while quite decent, it is really nothing exceptional. I think a small turbo, say a 1.8L with HP in the 200’s would make the CX-30 a whole lot more exciting than what we are ending up with.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    So, wait… “CX-30” was considered LESS confusing?

    • LOL it was the comment of everyone when Mazda presented the car.

  • Giziclown

    A French reviewer measured 6,1liter/100kms consumption with Skyactive X CX-30, I’ve never heard a 180LE petrol SUV cunsumes that much, can you name some other SUV-s that have same power and consumption figures!?

  • erly5

    Looks decent enough, but as Europe and the US don’t get the CX-4, I see no reason why they couldn’t use that name. Be better and ‘less’ confusing than CX-30.

  • Any other company (hello GM, Ford…) Would have no problem selling two different cars with the same name, or two identical cars with different name… or brand.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    There is also a T-Cross (CX-3), T-Roc (CX-30) and Tiguan (CX-5) from VW. More offers for different people

  • Leconte Dave

    The next CX-3 is getting bigger which is weird…

  • xrnzaaas

    It won’t, because some people prefer smaller crossovers for easier use in the city.

  • javier

    over rated and slow like everything else mazda, what a completely lame company

  • Rod Miranne

    Unless the current CX-3 is selling better recently in the USA, they should replace it with this. This is what the CX-3 should have been. And they need to bring the Skyactive X engine to the USA version or create a 1.8 or 2.0 turbo for it. I have a 2019 CX-5 signature Turbo and love it.

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