Mazda CX-30 – What’s in a name?

Ian Lamming discovers the meaning behind a name as Mazda launches it latest SUV.

UNTIL now it’s been a big leap from CX-3 to the CX-5 so Mazda has plugged the gap with a brand new SUV.

Roll on the drums; please welcome the CX-30. What? CX-30? Why not CX-4? I hear you ask and that’s the first question on my lips too.

Well, according to tradition, the word ‘four’ in Japanese culture is considered to be unlucky because of its closeness to a less appealing word, namely ‘death’, both of which are pronounced ‘Shi’. Now it makes sense.

Thankfully, death is something Mazda engineers are determined to avoid and CX-30 bristles with a plethora of safety features, namely the i-Activesense system.

When the head-up display shouts ‘brake’ as the CX-30 gets a bit too close to parked cars, I’m glad they’ve spent so much time perfecting it.

Similarly, when the automatic braking system kicks in when a car pulls out in front on the M5 heading away from Exeter, I’m grateful of its safe-rather-than-sorry programming.

Measuring 4,395mm long, 1,795mm wide and 1,540mm high and with a 2,655mm wheelbase, CX-30 slots perfectly between the CX-3 and the CX-5 and competes with the likes of the BMW X2, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q2, SEAT Ateca and Toyota C-HR. With its confident stance as an SUV, combined with the delicateness and sleek profile of a coupe, it certainly provides an attractive alternative to the more obvious models.

One of the strongest selling points of the CX-30 is its ground-breaking Skyactiv-X, spark-controlled compression engine, which is offered across all specs and with a choice of transmissions. Without dwelling too much on the gory details (primarily because I’m left baffled by how the technology works), Mazda has managed to create the perfect solution in a once diesel-dominant sector. This sits in line with Mazda’s sustainable ‘Zoom-Zoom 2030’ philosophy to cut CO2 emissions and create a vehicle to enrich its eco-owners’ lives. This means you can use your car with a sense of peace and self-righteousness, knowing you are committed to the planet and protecting the Earth.

That said, this isn’t achieved by sacrificing any of the driving dynamics. When driving at night you are blessed with automatic LED headlights that, rather than aggressively turning on and off, fade up and down as other cars on the road approach.

CX-30 also feels like relaxing in your grandma’s favourite living room chair and that’s never a bad thing. The interior is blissfully simple and focussed on the driver, with all the knobs and dials angled toward the person at the helm.

The generous spacing in the front seats is a blessing, particularly for the leggy out there and there is a useful large central armrest, on par with that of the CX-5. The 430-litre boot space also provides ample and practical space to transport your booty, your bodies, or at least your weekly food shop and suitcases, while remaining more manageable to park, making 30 the perfect addition to the CX range.

Fact File

Mazda CX-30 2WD 180ps Manual

Engine: 2.0 Skyactiv-X petrol

Power: 180PS

0-62mph: 8.5

Top speed: 127mph

Combined MPG: 47.9

Transmission: Six-speed manual

CO2 g/km: 105

Price: From £22,895.00 to £33,495.00

Mazda CX-30 AWD 180ps Manual

Engine: 2.0 Skyactiv-X petrol

Power: 180PS

0-62mph: 9.0

Top speed: 127mph

Combined MPG: 43.5

Transmission: Six-speed manual

CO2 g/km: 111

Price: From £22,895.00 to £33,495.00 r-agent\”:\”Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.4.2; Nexus 4 Build/KOT49H) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/48.0.2564.23 Mobile Safari/537.36\”,\”capabilities\”:[\”touch\”|���o

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