Mazda CX-30 SUV - Interior & comfort
The Mazda CX-30's interior feels both elegant and sporty
The CX-30 is fitted with relatively firm suspension, which is noticeable around town where it occasionally sends bumps into the car. At speed it works better, smoothing the road more effectively and making the Mazda a competent motorway cruiser.
We were impressed by the Mazda 3's interior and the CX-30 is no different, sitting above mainstream rivals like the Toyota CH-R in that regard. The level of quality its plush materials and neat design convey is impressive, while buttons and switches are easy to find and satisfying to use.
Mazda CX-30 dashboard
With a sleek, wing-like design, the CX-30's dashboard doesn't feel at all like the traditional, upright console found in traditional SUVs. There are no panels filled with buttons either; most of the car's settings are taken care of by navigating menus using a large control wheel on the central console. The result is attractive and unfussy, while a sporty and ergonomic steering wheel reminds you of the emphasis Mazda places on the driving experience.
Trim levels for the CX-30 closely resemble those of the Mazda3. The entry-level trim is called SE-L and comes with a generous specification that includes an 8.8-inch TFT colour touchscreen display with standard navigation and Bluetooth, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features include LED headlamps and rear lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a Head-Up Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, manual air-conditioning and 60:40 split rear seats. Standard driver assistance tech also includes radar cruise control with Stop & Go function, Blind Spot Monitoring and Lane-Keep Assist.
Next up is the SE-L Lux trim, which adds front parking sensors, a reversing camera, powered tailgate, heated front seats, keyless entry, a CD player and dual zone climate control.
For a bit more visual impact the Sport Lux grade adds 18-inch alloy wheels and a black gloss grille, plus adaptive LED headlamps and LED running lights, privacy glass, powered sunroof and paddle-shift control for auto versions. GT Sport trim adds electric driver seat adjustment, leather upholstery and a 12-speaker sound system upgrade. The range-topper is the GT Sport Tech trim level, which comes with 360-degree cameras, Front Cross Traffic Alert and driver monitoring.
Mazda typically doesn't offer anything like the number of options you'll find in an Audi or BMW brochure, instead encouraging owners to pick the most suitable trim level. Metallic and special paint colours cost extra, though, along with approved accessories like bike racks and roof boxes.