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Mazda CX-30

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Summary


The Mazda CX-30 is an SUV/crossover that sits between the smaller CX-3 and larger CX-5 in the Mazda SUV range. It was launched at the 2019 Geneva motor show before going on sale later in the year.

The CX-30 is based on the Mazda 3 hatchback and is more sleekly-styled, although less practical, than the slightly larger CX-5.

Based on 26 reviews we have compiled as of August 2021, the Mazda CX-30 has an Expert Rating of 72% and has received generally positive reviews from UK motoring websites. It has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, although it has been criticised for its small boot and poor practicality compared to rivals.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol
Price: From £22,945 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2019

99%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

80%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

77%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Mazda CX-30 SkyActiv-X 180 2.0-litre petrol manual received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The CX-30 180 petrol employs Mazda’s Skyactiv-X technology, with a very high compression ratio and lean fuel mixture to try to reduce emissions. This is combined with a 24-volt mild hybrid system to improve fuel efficiency.

“Together with the exhaust after-treatment – three-way catalyst, exhaust gas recirculation and a gasoline particulate filter – the car shows generally low values of pollutant emissions. The weakness is at high engine loads where values of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide become elevated. This limits the scores in the Clean Air and Greenhouse Gas indexes.

“Overall, the CX-30 scores similarly across the three areas of assessment and emerges with a solid 2½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the SkyActiv-X 180 2.0-litre petrol manual version of the Mazda MX-30, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: March 2020

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