2019 Mazda CX-30: prices, specs and release date

First there was the CX-5, then the CX-3 and now Mazda has something to plug the gap - the CX-4, you say? Nope, this is the all-new CX-30

Ian Dickson
Sep 16, 2019

Mazda is on an SUV roll with the appealing CX-3 and CX-5 models, and its latest crossover to hit the road is the CX-30. On sale now, the CX-30 is based on the Mazda3 hatch and slots neatly between the family-sized CX-5 and the compact CX-3.

Prices for the CX-30 start at £22,895, rising to £33,495 for the 2.0-litre, 180hp auto model in GT Sport Tech trim. For comparison, the CX-3 starts at £19,395 while the cheapest CX-5 is £25,600, so the CX-30 sits neatly in the middle.

The CX-30 also gets Mazda’s super-clever new Skyactiv-X motor, a new petrol engine with something called ‘compressed ignition’. In a nutshell, this basically means Mazda has successfully managed to get more power with fewer emissions from this engine. Mazda even claims this clever engine returns diesel-like efficiency.

Mazda CX-30 quick facts

  • Prices start at £22,895
  • First deliveries in January 2020
  • Five trim levels and two petrol engines
  • Claimed efficiency of up to 47.9mpg
  • Most powerful version gives 180hp
  • No diesel option

But where’s the hybrid or electric version? Mazda claims that until renewable energy is more prevalent, switching to an electric car is not the answer to reducing your overall carbon footprint, though electrified Mazdas are on the horizon. As well as the Skyactiv-X, the entry-level engine is called Skyactiv-G and features cylinder deactivation to reduce emissions when you don’t need to use all the car’s power - such as well dawdling through a village at a low, steady speed.

Both Skyactiv engines come with something called Mazda M Hybrid, a mild hybrid system that recaptures energy normally lost through braking, and uses it to power the car’s electrical systems, reducing demand on the engine and cutting fuel consumption.

As for styling, the CX-30 follows the cool, modern Japanese styling of the CX-3 and CX-5. With an arched rear, it has hints of a sleek coupe in its design while black cladding on the lower parts of the car gives it a rugged impression. It looks and feels upmarket with plenty of standard kit and a range of trim levels to choose from.

The new Mazda CX-30 is priced to go up against the likes of the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Renault Kadjar, but will it offer enough to muscle into a very competitive sector? Read on to find out more about the CX-30’s choice of engines, trim levels and boot space.

2019 Mazda CX-30 trims

The CX-30 is available in five trim variants, starting with the SE-L. As standard, SE-L receives a head-up display for seeing important information beamed onto the windscreen, radar cruise control, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and an electronic handbrake.

Move up to SEL-Lux to add an electrically-operated boot, a reversing camera, front parking sensors and keyless functionality are thrown in too.

Next is the Sport Lux, which adds 18-inch wheels, piano-black exterior trim, paddle shifters for automatic versions, fancier LED lights and a sunroof.

GT Sport cars, meanwhile, gain power-adjustable leather seats and a 12-speaker Bose surround sound system, while the range-topping GT Sport Tech adds a 360-degree camera for easier parking plus more safety kit (see safety section below). Both GT models and Sport Lux also offer the option of four-wheel drive.

2019 Mazda CX-30 UK prices and UK release date

Prices for the trims above start as follows: SE-L at £22,895, SE-L Lux at £24,195, Sport Lux at £25,295, GT Sport at £27,095 and GT Sport Tech at £27,995. These prices are for the entry-level 122hp Skyactiv-G engine. For the more powerful, cleaner and efficient Skyactiv-X model add £1,480 (or £1,780 for the higher-spec models). Four-wheel drive is an additional £2,200 and is only available on range-topping Skyactiv-X cars.

2019 Mazda CX-30 economy and performance

The CX-30 isn’t available as a diesel, only with a choice of two 2.0-litre petrol engines. The entry-level Skyactiv-G offers 122hp and 213Nm of torque - that's low-engine-speed muscle - with a choice of a manual or automatic gearbox. The 0-62 time for the manual is 10.6 seconds, while the automatic is half a second slower. Combined economy figures and CO2 emissions for the manual are 45.6mpg and 116g/km (and 42.8mpg and 126g/km for the auto).

For the best balance of economy and performance you’re going to want to look at a Skyactiv-X model. Also available with either a manual or automatic 'box, the front-wheel drive version returns 47.9mpg and puts out 105g/km of CO2 emissions (rising to 43.5mpg and 118g/km for the auto). With 180hp and 224Nm of torque, it's noticably more powerful than the Skyactiv-G, achieving 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds in manual form and 8.8 seconds with the automatic. 

As for the four-wheel drive Skyactiv-X, it's slower and also less economical. With a manual gearbox it'll return 43.5mpg and emit 111g/km of CO2 (40.4mpg and 128g/km for the auto), 0-62 takes 9.0 seconds for the manual, 9.2 seconds for the auto.

If you’re a company car driver, though, you might still want to pick a different car and hunt down a hybrid if you're after the lowest tax bills, as even the least-polluting CX-30 puts you in the 22% Benefit in Kind tax bracket. A typical hybrid commands a 16% BiK rate.

2019 Mazda CX-30 interior

The interior of the CX-30 isn’t dissimilar to the CX-3 or CX-5. In fact, it’s carried over from the Mazda3, so it’s hard-wearing and looks upmarket with a nice big media system screen. As standard, there’s dark grey cloth seats with navy blue accents, while higher-spec cars have black leather or the option of white leather upholstery.

2019 Mazda CX-30 safety

The CX-30 comes with all the safety kit you expect of a car in this class. Standard features include a blind-spot monitoring system, a driver distraction alert, an ‘e-call’ function that automatically calls the emergency services if the car thinks you’ve been in an accident, a lane-keeping aid, hill launch assistance and emergency braking for forward-facing traffic.

Options include cross-traffic alert, which applies the brakes if the car thinks you are going to drive into oncoming traffic at a junction.

2019 Mazda CX-30 technology

The CX-30 in whichever trim you choose comes with a generous supply of tech features. Notably, its 8.8-inch centre screen (bigger than the CX-5’s) for controlling the media system functions. It sits on top of the dash and is widescreen allowing you to clearly see the display.

Unlike the touchscreens currently in vogue, the CX-30 uses a rotary dial to control the system, which is infinitely more intuitive and easier to use on the move than prodding away at the screen. There’s also Bluetooth, DAB radio, twin USB ports, smartphone integration, sat-nav and an eight-speaker sound system.

As mentioned earlier, there’s also an upgraded Bose stereo and even, oddly, a CD player on higher-spec cars.

2019 Mazda CX-30 dimensions

The CX-30 is 4.4 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall, which is not far off the CX-5 but it does sit 140mm lower. This is more noticeable in the rear, where the sloping roofline means there isn’t as much headroom. It’s certainly not claustrophobic, though.

Boot space is a reasonably sizeable 430 litres with the rear seats up, 1,406 litres with them flat and the seats split 60/40. The CX-30 has a maximum braked towing capacity of 1,300kg. If you’re towing a caravan, trailer or horsebox that doesn’t have its own brakes, this drops to 750kg (or half the car’s kerb weight) by law. In both cases, this isn't the strongest tow car. Check out our roundup of the best medium size tow cars for alternatives that are better suited to towing heavy loads.

2019 Mazda CX-30 review

The CX-30 is stylish, roomy and feels much more premium than Mazdas did a few years ago. It’s also great to drive and has a crisp gearchange, though as our testers discovered when they drove one recently, the engines need to be worked hard as they don’t have the benefit of a turbocharger - which would typically boost low-engine-speed muscle - to push them along.

It’s also overflowing with kit as standard but we’d spend the extra for the Skyactiv-X. The extra power, reduction in emissions and better fuel economy make it a much more attractive proposition in the long term and should help off-set that burning desire to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car for the time being.


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