Best Combination of Hatchback and SUV – Mazda CX-30

Mazda have been busy building SUVs to fulfill the market, this is due to the market craving for SUVs have been on the rise within these few years. Different manufacturers are producing different SUV size to fit into different categories, and one of the newest category is called the crossovers. Crossovers basically blurred the lines between a SUV and hatchback, and the best example is the recently launched Mazda CX-30.

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During the recent festive season, we were given the chance to test out the latest Mazda CX-30. On the outside, the Mazda CX-30 looks like a more rugged and taller Mazda 3. Personally, the Mazda CX-30 is a very good looking vehicle. The additional plastic cladding can be a turn off for someone, but Mazda added that to mask the taller body style. Apart from that, the CX-30 have a very clean body lines.

The Mazda CX-30 looks is further enhanced by the sleek looking LED headlights with signature daytime running light. The tail lights also look sleek and bring a hint of elegance and sportiness, and there are some reminiscence of Alfa Romeo in the Mazda design. The last detail that defines the exterior is the sporty looking 215/55 R18 rim and tyres provided good grip for the crossover.

Moving inside, the Mazda literally carry over the dashboard from the Mazda 3. There are the brown leather and black plastics made up the majority of materials that is used on the dashboard. The steering wheel, to the 7” instrument cluster, to the 8.8” widescreen display literally comes from the Mazda 3 straight into the Mazda CX-30.

What’s different inside the interior then? The only thing that set it apart is the seating position for the front seats. The 10 way seat adjustment and 2 memory function might be similar to the Mazda 3, but the seat structure makes you feel like you’re sitting in a taller car. The thigh, back, and side support is very good to make you feel comfortable when driving long distance.

At the back of the Mazda CX-30 is quite a cozy place to be in. Even though the Mazda CX-30 is a C-segment crossover, the rear seats legroom can consider on the smaller side. On the other hand, the headroom and shoulder room is good even with 3 person abreast. Without the sunroof, the interior will be a lot darker due to Mazda uses dark interior colour. Whereas for cargo space, the 430L boot space is a little small for a SUV/crossover, but at least the rear seats can be folded down to provide more loading space.

Safety is not compromise in the Mazda CX-30, passive safety like 7 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill launch Assist (HLA), and GVC Plus is standard among all the variant of the CX-30.

Being the top spec Mazda CX-30, there are additional advance safety system like Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Smart Brake Support (SBS), and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) to make the Mazda CX-30 an even more appealing product than all the previous product.

While on the move, a 1.8L inline 4 turbo diesel engine provided drive for the Mazda CX-30. The diesel engine produces 118hp at 4,000rpm and 270Nm of torque from as low as 1,600rpm to 2,600rpm. This engine is a suitable engine for Malaysia usage, as the torque will pull the car along smoothly when you’re conservatively. When you’re in the mood, due to the low horsepower figure, you can’t expect sudden burst of acceleration from the engine. When cruising, the torque do allow the vehicle to pick up speed to overtake other vehicle with ease.

The conventional 6 speed automatic gearbox is a fairly smooth gearbox. Due to the max torque available from as low as 1,600rpm, there is no need to down shift for the CX-30 to pick up speed. To complement the powertrain, Mazda fitted the CX-30 with the same suspension setup like the Mazda 3. It uses McPherson strut upfront and torsion beam at the rear.

Damping for the CX-30 is well tuned, but the suspension do feel that it’s on the firmer side. With the additional ride height of a crossover, this translated to higher center of gravity. The stiffer suspension is to try to reduce the body roll that is cause by the high center of gravity. Steering the car through the electrical power steering is relatively easy and direct, and you do get plenty of confidence in pushing the car.

To slow the CX-30 down, Mazda fitted the vehicle with disc brakes all-round the vehicle. The brakes require some time to get used to the biting point of the brakes, but personally I would prefer Mazda to provide better brakes to give more confidence for the driver in bringing the car to a stop.

The Mazda CX-30 is a very appealing product from Mazda. I enjoy the torque produce by diesel engine, this means you get good engine performance and yet you get great fuel economy out of it. With the diesel variant of the Mazda CX-30 costing at approximately RM 172,943, it’s definitely priced on the higher side. According to Mazda, if the demand is good, Mazda might consider locally assemble the Mazda CX-30.

With that price, you do get 5 years or 100,000km warranty coverage and free service that includes parts, labour and lubricant. You can get the Mazda CX-30 with 8 different colours, namely Soul Red Crystal, Polymetal grey, Titanium Flash, Machine Grey, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Snowflake White Pearl, and Sonic Silver.

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