Review by Veeno Dewan

The2022 CX-30 is a compact CUV offering from Mazda that slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5. Front-engine with all-wheel drive, at 4,395 mm long, its 25 mm wider inside than the CX-3 with its five- door format. The CX30 CUV adopts Mazda’s Kodo design language and is a graceful, lithe looking vehicle. Mazda see a need for something a tad bigger than the CX-3 but smaller than the CX-5 and so it’s a smart move. Another smart choice is outfitting the CX-30 with a host of standard features, and a choice of engines: Depending on your CX-30 trim, there are three different engines available to choose. Base CX-30’s come with a 2.0-liter 155-horse power four – cylinder under the hood. The GS or GT (As tested,) model adds a 2.5-liter 186-horsepower engine, with 186 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile the CX-30 Turbo arrives with 250 horsepower. A six-speed transmission is standard.. Models start with the GX: $28,425, GS $31,435, and GT $34,500 plus options, destination, and taxes.
Our 2022 GT version came with standard equipment featuring: SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine, SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Drive Selection switch, paddle shifters, G-Vectoring Control Plus, 18-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, push button start, Mazda Connect with 8.8-inch display, HMI commander, rear-view camera, power moonroof, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed upholstery, 10-way power driver seat (includes power lumbar support), and full LED exterior lighting. Also added was navigation system, Bose Audio system w/ 12 speakers, automatic climate controls, advanced keyless entry, power liftgate,
Safety features included: Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Control, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, Smart Brake Support Rear, Smart Brake Support Rear-Crossing, rear parking sensors, colour windshield-projected Active Driving Display. Total options on our tester came to $3,850 for a total price as tested of $40,300 plus $1,950 freight and PDE.
The interior layout is as usual typical Mazda with its sports orientated neat, uncluttered design. There is a nice sporty gauge cluster and the dash is a of a multi-tier two tone design with an available black and brown contrasting trim that looks very cool. Slivers of brushed aluminum trim pieces add a very upmarket feel. I also liked the use of supple leather type material instead of hard plastics used in the cabin doors, dash, and center armrest. The front seat are well designed with just the right amount of cushioning. Certain models do offer heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Mazda has also added a newly updated version of its infotainment system, using a high resolution 8.8-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android.
Rear seating position is excellent as well with good headroom. However, legroom for adult passengers is a bit tight. Cargo capacity is a very useful 572L of space behind the rear seats, this increases with the back seats folded down. Rear cargo access is via a generously wide door and a low load floor to make it easier to place large and heavy items.
On the road, the CX-30 Turbo is a joy to drive. The sporty exhaust note, willing drivetrain and deft, nippy handling means an entertaining drive all the time. The addition of i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive ensures stability in all conditions. Meanwhile, the six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels via Mazda’s i-Activ intelligent on-demand all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is good on highways, the SKYACTIV engines light weight, advanced engineering coupled with a well- geared transmission means the CX-3 feels willing all the time. Yes, additional power would be nice for more top end torque, and an eight or nine – speed transmission would give more flexible gearing, but nothing major here in terms of everyday driving.
The CX-3’s sport driving experience is enhanced by the Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system Plus, which reduces engine torque, and adjusts steering and throttle inputs to add slight weight on the front wheels to make the steering feel firmer and more direct. The result is sharpened handling during cornering, keeping understeer under control. The all-wheel-drive system offer superb traction by the way. The suspension is taut, offering minimal body roll, while the responsive steering offers agile handling, the hallmark of all Mazda’s. There are paddle shifters and a Sport mode, which does ratchet up the response somewhat by holding the gears longer. With the help of cylinder deactivation, the CX-30 is able to achieve fuel consumption ratings of 10.5 L/100km city and 7.9L/100km
Not a lot to complain about – If you are in the market for a sporty, fun- to drive smaller compact CUV – The CX-30 is worth taking a look at. Highly recommended.

2021 Mazda CX-30 GT Turbo: Price as tested: $40,300 Including freight and PDE.
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