Mazda CX-30 2.0

SkyActiv-X Sport Lux

Mazda CX-30, front action
Mazda CX-30, full front action
Mazda CX-30, front static upright
Mazda CX-30, front static 2
Mazda CX-30, front static
Mazda CX-30, side action
Mazda CX-30, side static
Mazda CX-30, rear action
Mazda CX-30, front seats

GIVEN the success of both its large and small SUV models in the UK it's hardly surprising that Mazda opted to stay with a very similar design for a new car which fits between the two.

So while the CX-30 is a very different car in many ways to its bigger brother the CX-5 and its smaller sibling the CX-3 there's no disguising the visual relationship.

Each of the CX triplets, however, fulfil the needs of motorists looking for very different products while at the same time boasting features and driving dynamics which enable them to challenge the premier German brands.

The CX-30 is some four inches longer than the CX-3 ensuring there is generous leg and shoulder room for passengers.

At the same time, however, its coupe-like lines make sure that its silhouette is eye catching and appealing.

Cleverly by adding body cladding to the lower half of the car Mazda has ensured it still has the appeal of an SUV, but not in an overstated way.

Deeply tinted side and rear privacy glass and a gloss black grille and roof spoiler add to the car's kerb appeal.

The interior is practical yet supremely classy with a nice blend of navy blue and black trim on the dashboard and doors.

The six-speed manual gearbox comes with a nice stubby gear shift allowing slick and easy changes while the controls for the centre set touch screen are just millimetres away from it so you don't need to take your eyes off the road to use them.

And while all the dials are crisp and easy to read this model comes with the added bonus of a head up display so you always know what speed you are doing.

There's an electric handbrake but thankfully the car also comes with a hill holder clutch not to mention keyless locking and unlocking and a push button starter.

Opt for the Sport Lux model and you also get features like heated front seats, powered rear tailgate and a reversing camera, while the car driven here also had a tilt and slide glass sunroof.

From the driver's seat the CX-30 offers excellent all round visibility thanks in part to the cleverly shaped windscreen and door pillars.

And when it comes to luggage there's generous a 430 litres available beneath the tailgate and a useful three section folding boot floor which allows you to accommodate shopping without it sliding about.

Sensibly the loading lip is also at a low level allowing easy loading of heavy items.

On the road the CX-30 with its 180bhp SkyActiv-X engine is smooth, quiet and corners impressively well with very little body roll and I liked the way it cocoons passengers at motorway speeds with minimal noise levels.

And when night falls the literally brilliant adaptive LED headlights ensure you don't have problems even on the darkest of roads.

FAST FACTS

Mazda CX-30 2.0 SkyActiv-X Sport Lux

Price: £27,340

Mechanical: 180bhp, 1,998cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 127mph

0-62mph: 8.5 seconds

Combined MPG: 47.9

Insurance Group: 22

C02 emissions: 133g/km

Bik rating: 25%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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