Driven - Feb 2021

The Mazda 3 as a compact SUV – the new CX30

The CX-30 is the latest Mazda addition to receive the minimal, traditional Japanese KODO design philosophy. First revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2019 as the updated compact SUV fitting between the CX-3 and CX-5, this yuppie-appealing yet elegant SUV is now ready for the South African Market. 

So, what does the Mazda 3’s slightly bigger sibling offer you? Aesthetically, you are awarded with the same sophisticated and bold proportions of an SUV combined into the aesthetic silhouette of a coupe. 

The pronounced triangular grille seamlessly intersects with the headlights creating a cohesive yet aggressive front end while the rear includes thick black cladding below the tailgate that runs the length of the car, alluding more to its SUV capabilities. Consumers of this popular segment have their choice of nine exterior colours, Active and Dynamic models include 16” grey metallic alloy wheels, while the range topping Individual includes 18” wheels finished in silver. LED Auto levelling headlights are standard across the range as well as Driver, Passenger, Knee (Driver), Side & Curtain airbags which assist in its impressive five-star Euro NCAP rating. 

The human centered design philosophy dictated the layout of the cabin, placing particular emphasis around the driver. The 8.8” display screen placed above the dashboard is slightly angled towards the driver as are all other essential dials, HUD and other instruments. This minimizes driving distraction through emphasised operational ease. 

Entertainment comes in the form of MAZDA CONNECT which includes the use of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and Voice command. The Active and Dynamic models offer 8 speaker sound systems while the Individual model includes a 12 speaker BOSE audio layout. Grey cloth seats are standard with black and navy blue accents on the dashboard while the Individual model comes with perforated leather seats seamlessly integrated into the dark themed and tactile interior. 

The CX-30 range is exclusively powered by the latest 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G engine paired to a 6 speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels. Power is sufficient at 121kW at 6,000rpm while a maximum torque figure of 213Nm is found at 4,000rpm. All of this is covered with Mazda Care’s standard 3-year unlimited kilometre service plan, a 3-year factory warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty. The 2020 World Car of the year finalist goes on sale at R469,000 with the entry level Active while the range topping individual will set you back R540,000. 

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