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Mazda’s CX-30 SUV – the right package size for a small family, best in 2.5-litre form.

Driving Mazda’s CX-30 SUV today – a small medium SUV that fits between the small CX-3 and larger CX-5.  The CX-30 arrived earlier this year in 13 automatic-only models with a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engines in either front or all-wheel drive. I tested the mid-spec 2.0-litre G20 Touring front wheel drive at 34,990, not inexpensive but nicely equipped for the money The Mazda CX-30 answers the lack of boot space in the CX-3 – 120mm longer overall and 30mm wider and it really lifts the bar is small SUV’s. Having said that, like the current Mazda 3 hatch it very much depends on engine choice – the 2.0-litre engine lacks some low down punch and for my money the dearer 2.5-litre models offer a much better blend of performance.

Spend another $1,500 and you wont be disappointed.  Economy wise, I averaged 8.4L/100km in mostly city driving and importantly it happily runs on 91 RON unleaded. An outstanding chassis for handling and ride, it feels nimble on road, while the electric power steering is amongst the best I’ve driven. The styling very much a winner – an excellent SUV for a small family with a local five star crash safety rating that gave it 99 percent in adult-occupation protection – child seat fixings well covered too with three top-tether anchors or two ISOFIX points. Backed by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

I’m David Berthon

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