The new Mazda CX-30 impresses on all counts

The stylish and technologically advanced CX-30.

The SUV market is hugely competitive and vibrant in Malaysia, now with a class-leading contender that slots perfectly between the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR.

Like the new Mazda3, the CX-30 demonstrates new standards of style, quality and technology found in next-generation models.

Its ground-breaking Skyactiv-X engine is low in CO2, has excellent fuel economy and performance.

It delivers a superb combination of benefits to Malaysian buyers looking for an alternative to the current line-up.

Indeed the CX-30 heralds a new market segment for Mazda, slotting the award-winning SUV between the CX-3 and CX-5.

After the Mazda3, the Mazda CX-30 is the second model in the next generation line-up and also the second to feature the Skyactiv-X spark-controlled compression ignition engine.

The SUV features a low and stout profile.

Combining the bold stance of an SUV with the sleek profile of a coupe, its styling is a sophisticated evolution of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy.

It’s spacious and versatile cabin ensures it has the practicality and comfort demanded by today’s customers.

DSF took the CX-30 for a drive to Janda Baik via part highway and part state roads to get a quick feel of this new crossover imported from Japan.

The CX-30 impresses with quality and luxury

Driving the RM141, 700 version of the CX-30, DSF left Putrajaya headed for the Gombak toll plaza. The immediate impression is that of quality. There is a feel of luxury similar to the new Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-9 SUV.

The CX-30’s slim and sleek design

This is a Mazda3 hatchback that has been tweaked with SUV fenders. It has a sleek and slim side window profile and a stout physique to give that much coveted Crossover stance.

Perhaps varying the alloy wheel design for each variant of the CX-30 will help to further differentiate it.

When it is black on black, it looks just like a Mazda3 so when you have contrasting colours it is easier to identify its Crossover styling.

The cabin has a distinct European feel.

Inside the CX-30

Mazda cabin quality has been improving with every new model since the CX-9. Knobs and buttons are fluid and panels are soft to the touch. There is the added simplicity in the cabin presentation that is more European in its delivery.

A decent sized infotainment screen sits top centre on the two tier dashboard and a very large three dial instrument cluster with digital drive information is housed within the large middle dial.

The three spoke multi-function steering wheel is nice to the touch and the buttons on its left and right spokes are ‘click’ friendly. This steering wheel could be smaller actually.

The gear-shifter has a solid feel and below it the infotainment functions have a fluid movement with a precision click of each notch.

Further to quality materials, generous standard equipment, refinement and driver comfort, Mazda did not forget practicality. This focus on space and comfort results in a well packaged and versatile interior.

It fulfils all the requirements of combining compact, urban-friendly dimensions with space and practicality.

The back seat is spacious and roomy. 

A generous distance of 740mm between the front seats is 50mm greater than in the Mazda CX-3, and on par with the Mazda CX-5.

The spacing of the front seats allows for a wide floor console with a refined layout and a large centre armrest.

Equally spacious rear seat separation facilitates a bigger rear centre armrest and door armrests, allowing rear seat occupants to enjoy a comfortable, relaxed seating posture.

The front seats are large and well upholstered and the wide space between the front two passengers proves the vehicle’s width.

Rear room is good for three adults and despite the sporty roofline and slim profile, tall rear passengers will no problems getting in and out.

The CX-30 boot space is generous

Luggage capacity is a generous 430 litres, enough to accommodate a large baby buggy and a couple of flight carry-on bags.

The boot opening width of 1,030mm and lip height of 731mm makes for easy loading and unloading of heavy or bulky cargo.

The boot space is surprisingly generous.

Driving the CX-30

Just like the new Mazda3, the CX-30 uses the two-litre Skyactiv-G engine working with front-wheel drive steering.

Producing 162ps at 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 213Nm at 4,000rpm, it features an optimised intake port and piston shapes.

Split fuel injection, a coolant control valve and cylinder deactivation deliver higher levels of dynamic performance, fuel economy and environmental friendliness.

The CX-30 accelerates smoothly with very good noise suppression and negligible tyre noise at high speeds.

It also delivers precise steering feel along the tight turns in Janda Baik and good braking feel.

Conclusion

At a price point from RM141, 900, this version of the CX-30 is almost neck to neck with the higher priced Mazda3 sedan (RM148, 900).

The RM7, 000 price difference and the fact that it is a crossover will induce more buyers to sign up for the CX-30.

All new Mazda vehicles sold in Malaysia come fitted with high quality Konica Minolta tint film.

The Japanese tint provides great cabin cooling and perfect outward vision both day and night. You also get a five year warranty and a five year maintenance plan that includes labour, parts and lubricant.

That’s five years of worry free motoring!

Mazda CX-30 2.0L SKYACTIV-G Specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder VVT DOHC 16V SKYACTIV-G
Capacity: 1998cc
Gearbox: 6-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE Semi-Auto
Horsepower: 162bhp @ 6000
Torque: 213Nm @ 4000
0-100km/h: NA
Top speed: 216km/h
Fuel Efficiency: 6.4L /100km
Price: RM141, 900.00

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