Road Test: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT

Road Test: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Mazda Canada


Price: $23,950 (MSRP)

Price as tested: $36,000

Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 16-valve I4

Trans: 6-speed auto

Power: 186 hp@ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,389 lbs./ 1,537 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 9.5/7.4


New for 2020: The Mazda CX-30 subcompact CUV is all-new for 2020 and slots in between the popular Mazda3 and CX-3 in Mazda’s lineup which has grown significantly in the recent years. In what is essentially a slightly higher Mazda3, the CX-30 does provide a more rugged feel and although appears bigger it boasts roughly the same rear cargo and rear seat space as a 3 hatchback. That in no way is meant to be taken as a negative as the 3 is truly one of if not the best in what is remaining of the compact hatchback/sedan class and the CX-30 is very reminiscent of what has continued to make it successful.

Segment Competitors: Nissan Qashqai, Subaru Crosstrek, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Mitusbishi RVR, Toyota CH-R

The Skinny: As mentioned previously, the CX-30 has a great overall exterior look that is both luxurious and aggressive and the same can be said for the inside. The 8.8-in. centre-mounted, tablet-looking infotainment screen is controlled by an improved knob while the climate controls feature actual knobs and clearly labeled buttons which is something I always appreciate. The low roofline could cause a little bit of vision problems for taller driver’s but overall the view points are good and the seating position is comfortable. Driving the CX-30 does feel like a lifted Mazda 3, and again that’s meant to be taken as a positive. Although the ride is smooth and the handling is very sporty feeling the CX-30, as well as the 3, could probably use some of the power it lacks by its offering of only naturally aspirated engine’s and not turbocharged options found in many of its competitors.

Pros: The CX-30 is likely the best looking vehicle in its class and has the same sporty yet luxurious feeling that is found throughout Mazda’s lineup.

Cons: Although the operation is smoother and the infotainment system itself is overall much better, I still would prefer another option to the knob control found between the two front seats.

The Verdict: I can honestly say that during my week with the CX-30 I really had no substantial complaints. Its nice looking, easy to drive, simple to maneuver and just overall a well balanced CUV. The starting MSRP for the lowest GX model of $23,950 represents some good value but if you look toward the two higher models, especially the top GT, things can get expensive real fast. Our test GT model came in at a whopping $36,000 and would have me looking to the substantially larger CX-5 model rather than the CX-30. That being said, I’m sure there are many people who would be more than willing to pay that.


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