Mazda Southern Africa has been giving us some really good cars over the past few years. The fruits of their labour have most defiantly paid off when it comes to their SUV offerings. The Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 are an ever common sight on the roads and for good reason. These cars are just really good, reliable and look fantastic.
The demand on the market has seen a steady decline in the traditional hatchback and sedan but an increase in compact SUV offerings. Now, like most manufacturers, Mazda has had to adapt to this new trend and has thus introduced the CX-30. A sort of middle ground between the CX-3 and CX-5. Think of it as an Audi Q3 Sportback…
I really do like the design of the car, I particularly like the black cladding that runs around the lower edges of the body. It adds a sort of rugged character to what is otherwise a compact vehicle. The rear is nicely rounded and the taillights are especially eye-catching when the sun goes down. The #Mazda is void of unnecessary vents, wings, bulges and strong character lines. The design approach is subtle, classy and in some cases even elegant.
Inside the #CX30 you will find a noteworthy interior. Mazda seems to nail their interiors and it can be felt. The facia is uncluttered, a large infotainment screen adorns the top of the dashboard. It offers an easy-to-use system but also features #Apple #CarPlay and #Android #Auto. The dials might look analogue but they do feature some digital elements which provide a modern yet classic look and feel. I particularly liked the dark drown leather contrasting elements on the facia and doors.
The dashboard area in front of the driver is particularly appealing as it feels driver-focused. The steering wheel is a near-perfect size and the space inside the car is also rather impressive. The luggage area is bigger than that offered by the CX-3. The rear legroom is also decent.
Powering the CX-30 is a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that develops middling peak outputs of 121kW and 213Nm. Every #Mazda CX-30 features a 6-speed automatic transmission, which directs power to the front wheels. Around town the motor is great and the gear shifts are smooth. Despite there being a Sport mode option the CX-30 does tend to struggle when performance is needed, for example when having to overtake.
The gearbox however responds well and will quickly drop a few gears when needed but the 213 naturally aspirated Newton-meters seems to let the vehicle down a bit. That said, the ride is comfortable and through the corners, somewhat sporty and engaging, even the steering is light and quick. It’s as if the entire vehicle is ready for an engine with a bit more performance.
Now it might sound as if I’m making the CX-30 out to be hopelessly underpowered, that’s not the case. It will easily sit at the national speed limit and go well over it, I’m sure. I just wish that it had a bit more in it to compliment the other bits that are so very impressive.
Now, onto the big issue… You see, the CX-30 might be a really impressive offering I can’t help but wonder if a CX-5 won’t be a better buy, even if it is a bit more money. Here in South Africa, the top-spec Individual CX-30 (seen here) costs around R540 000 and the entry-level CX-5 costs about R462 300. In fact, CX-5 Dynamic costs R491 700… However, if I was to opt for a CX-5 it would be the 2.2 turbo diesel AWD which is around R686 200.