THE NEW 2021 MAZDA CX-30 COMPACT SUV GOES TO CONQUER THE CITY WITH STYLE AND ELEGANCE. THE TEST OF THE 122-LITER 2.0-LITER PETROL
2021 Mazda CX-30 is a medium-sized SUV good for the city, which does not mind the outings. This is not the typical crossover with square shapes, with a swollen and raised body, but a real concentrate of style and elegance, designed by skilled hands. Its refined interiors, well-kept assemblies, and original design demonstrate that, very often, it is not necessary to pay exaggerated sums, disturbing emblazoned brands, to find premium quality. I tried it in a 1,300 km test-drive, to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how it went.
MAZDA CX-30 EXCLUSIVE SKYACTIV-G: THE TECHNICAL SPECS
- Engine: 1,998 cc, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol
- Power: 122 HP at 6,000 rpm
- Torque: 213 Nm at 4,000 rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Front-wheel drive
- Maximum speed: 186 km / h; from 0 to 100 km / h 10.6 seconds
- Declared consumption: 5.1 l / 100 km (19.6 km / l)
- Dimensions: 4.39 x 1.79 x 1.50 m
- Empty weight: 1,320 kg
- Boot capacity: from 422 to 1,398 liters
- Price: from $27432
Redesign – Still KODO Style
Design is what really sets the 2021 Mazda CX-30 apart from the crowd. Its delicate curves and the sloping and tapered front give it a touch of uniqueness. All thanks to the Kodo stylistic language, brought to the debut on the Mazda 3 sedan and successfully resumed on the CX-30. What really strikes me is the hood, flat and elongated: it extends towards the large front grille, on the sides of which the full-LED adaptive matrix headlights stand out.
Thin and tapered, they fit inside the bodywork and give the CX-30 a frowning look, which reminds me of that of the peregrine falcon – Hayabusa in Japanese – which flies at 300 km/h. The Machine Gray metallic tint of $1121, created with advanced painting techniques, recreates valuable depth and shine, magnets for the eyes of passersby and onlookers.
Overall, the Japanese lines are harmonious and streamlined : on the sides, without ribs, you can see the large plastic wheel arches that surround the lower part of the bodywork. Unique spartan and eye-catching detail in a very elegant painting. The rear is clean and square, the long front shifts the gaze towards the rear of the car, which appears so compact and voluminous. The pitched roof is reminiscent of that of the SUV coupé. Finally, under the bumper are the split tailpipes, a hint of sportiness that goes well with the 18 ”light alloy rims.
With its 4.39 meters in length, 1.79 meters in width and a height of one and a half meters, 2021 Mazda CX-30 ranks halfway between the Mazda CX-3 B-SUV and the largest Mazda CX -5. In fact, the 15 cm less than the CX-5 are really useful when it comes to moving in tight spaces, in city traffic and in parking lots.
In media stat virtus, says a famous Latin motto, a maxim that is well suited to this compact crossover, born on the same platform as Mazda 3. In my test of about 3 weeks, I managed to extricate myself almost without problems in the Milanese “jungle”. Of course, it is not a city car, however, with a little attention and with the help of sensors and cameras, parking becomes almost pleasant.
2021 Mazda CX-30 Interior
A refined and well-finished interior is combined with refined aesthetics. The Exclusive test equipment stands out for the contrasting two-tone leather upholstery: black for the seats, brown for the upper eyelid of the dashboard. At the wheel of the CX-30, I immediately perceive the quality of the materials chosen. Lots of skin, little plastic, with zero creaking while driving. The seats are comfortable and enveloping, the drivers are electrically adjustable and have two memory buttons, while the passenger uses the manual adjustment levers. The center console is large and well designed.
On the dashboard there are only the controls of the air conditioner, a little above is instead housed the multimedia display, which is controlled directly by the knob on the central tunnel, which allows you to browse the different menu items. The dashboard is beautiful, with a balanced mix of analog and digital, in contrast to many competitors in the segment, where LCD displays have now taken over. The Bose surround sound system is convincing. Thanks to excellent soundproofing of the passenger compartment, the speakers emit full-bodied and clear sounds, a feature that I appreciate when I pump on the bass.
Sitting on the rear bench seat there is enough space for three people, even if the raised floor takes away space for a third occupant. The passenger compartment is however well studied, with several slots to empty the pockets. At the rear no charging sockets for the smartphone, the only one is located on the bottom of the storage compartment in the central tunnel, where an induction charging mat is positioned. As for load capacity, Mazda MX-30 can count on a volume that ranges from 430 liters to 1,406 liters with seats folded down. However, if you opt for the Bose audio system, as for the model under test, the capacity drops to 422/1,398 liters.
The compartment, however, has a very regular shape, a pity for the small step at the mouth and for the slight difference in height that is created with the seats folded down. The latter could in fact make it difficult to accommodate longer objects.
Skyactive-G Petrol Engine Performance on CX-30
The Skyactiv-G 2.0L Mild Hybrid petrol from 122 HP at 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm under the hood of the Mazda CX-30. It is an aspirated engine capable of touching a maximum speed of 186 km/h, with a 0-100 km / h covered in 10.6 seconds. The engine is combined with a system that uses a small 24 V electric motor, to help the heat engine in the restarts and in the phases of maximum effort, and to recover energy during braking with the i-stop system.
The click is not one of those that glue to the seat – it is an engine designed for efficiency rather than performance – but the engine remains elastic in the shooting, however, it has a silence that really impressed me, thanks to the excellent soundproofing work made for the passenger compartment. This version also turns off a pair of cylinders when driving at constant speed: further, help to reduce consumption. The gearbox is a 6-speed manual, smooth and precise in the clutches, while the traction remains front. The steering is overall light, with a reduced maneuver radius: very useful in tight spaces.
2021 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy
In my test, made up of a lot of highways and a little urban to reach the office, I recorded an average consumption of 7.8 l / 100 km. A value that stands at 6.6 l / 100 km traveling at 130 km / h on the highway. This allowed me to get to the reserve (the petrol tank has a capacity of 51 liters ) in just under 7 days.
2021 Mazda CX-30 Price & Equipment
Mazda CX-30 in entry-level version Evolve, attacks at 27432, while the trial version, in Exclusive version, the top one, so to speak, starts from $33687 turnkey. The Exclusive version is on the whole a complete package, which features as standard: 18 “alloy wheels , Bose Surround Sound System 12 loudspeaker system , electrically adjustable and heated front seats. ADAS systems use: adaptive cruise control, fatigue detector, lane & keep assist, hill hold assist, intelligent braking and recognition of road signs.