The Mazda CX-30 is Mazda Philippines' newest crossover that aims to fortify its foothold in the popular SUV segment. On the exterior, it shares in the same Kodo design language that Mazda vehicles are known for. Its design is close to that of the CX-5's but with a shorter rear end. Moreover, the CX-30 has a taller ride height compared to the Mazda3 it is based on, while adorned with blacked-out fender accents that further add to its crossover look.
On the inside, the CX-30 shares the Mazda design language as the other models in the lineup. It features a sleek dashboard that extends to the door sidings. The instrument cluster features a three-circle design with a speedometer in the middle flanked by its rev counter on the left and its temperature and fuel gauges on the right. At the center of the dash is the location of the 8.8-inch non-touchscreen infotainment system, similar to what the Mazda3 has. The controls can be found near the gear shifter. Mazda says this was done in order to let the driver focus more on the road.
The Mazda CX-30 also comes with Mazda's I-Activsense suite of safety features that includes radar cruise control and driver monitoring system. It also comes with high beam control, front cross traffic alert, adaptive front lighting system, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
The Mazda CX-30 was launched by Mazda Philippines on November 28, 2019, alongside the CX-8 three-row midsize crossover. It debuted in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive playout, with the range-toppers donning better overall amenities and features.
Mazda launched a new variant of the CX-30 with a mild-hybrid system at the 2022 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). The new variant was launched alongside the hybrid Mazda3, a platform-mate of the CX-30 crossover. The hybrids featured more power and torque brought on by an electric motor.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The CX-30 sits on the same platform as the Mazda3 and is powered by the same 2.0 SkyActiv-G gasoline engine. As such, the compact crossover can produce 152 hp and 200 Nm of torque, sending power to the wheels via a 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. The newest powertrain in the lineup for the Philippines is the 2.0-liter mild-hybrid system, which produced 161 hp and 213 Nm of torque, which is 9 hp and 13 Nm more than the standard naturally-aspired gasoline engine. The electric motor also has a battery system that it feeds off and charges either via the wheels or via the engine. According to Mazda's internal testing, the hybrid powertrain boasts a fuel consumption figure of about 17.52 kilometers per liter or about 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. As per our testing, the gasoline-only variants got a combined figure of 6.2 L/100 kilometers.
The Mazda CX-30 has MacPherson struts up front and multi-link suspension at the rear. All wheels are equipped with disc brakes, with the front having a ventilated disc type.
Front Engine, All-Wheel Drive
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L SkyActiv-G PE-VPS I4 Gasoline
153 hp, 200 Nm of torque
6-Speed SkyActiv-Drive Automatic
The Mazda CX-30 gets a host of tech features that make it an intelligent, premium vehicle. The crossover comes with Mazda's I-Activsense which includes adaptive radar cruise control that's usable in traffic, as well as a driver monitoring system that detects if the driver's attention is still on the road. It also has Smart Brake Support that acts as a pre-collision warning and mitigation using radars. Other tech toys found on the CX-30 include high beam control, front cross traffic alert, adaptive front lighting system, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
As for the head unit, the CX-30 gets an 8.8-inch non-touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mazda took out the touchscreen functionalities in its newer cars to remove driver distraction.
Designed by Ryo Yanagisawa, the Mazda CX-30 follows what the Mazda3 has started in terms of styling. It carries the latest evolution of the Kodo Soul of Motion design philosophy that features minimal lines and sensuous curves. It's inspired by the brushwork Japanese Calligraphy, which uses "Charge and Release" in executing the overall design. The minimal lines and reflective curves on the body embody the Japanese word Utsoroi, which is the interplay of light and shadow. Apart from a minimalistic and sultry design execution, Mazda uses LED lights to beautify its crossover, day and night.
The CX-30 is in between the CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of overall dimensions with 4,395mm length, 1,795mm width, 1,530mm height, and with a 2,655mm wheelbase.
Just the same as the exterior, the Mazda CX-30's interior has a minimalistic approach with the use of high-quality materials and minimal yet ergonomic button placements. This results in an emotive cabin that's pleasing to the eyes and touch. Soft leather populates most of its cabin, as well as knobs and buttons that are within the driver's reach.
The Mazda CX-30 has a full set of airbags, as well as ABS with EBD, stability control, traction control, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Aside from those, the CX-30 comes with Mazda's I-Activsense. This suite of safety and convenience features include adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitoring, and smart brake support. Other safety features list blind spot monitoring, tire pressure monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist systems as standard.
The CX-30 also comes with G-Vectoring Control Plus that regulates torque delivery on each wheel for a safe and comfortable cornering even on the harshest road conditions.
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What are the differences between the 2WD Pro and Sport trims of the CX-30?
The Pro variant stands as the entry-level trim of the CX-30. As such, it has fabric seats, urethane steering wheel material, halogen DRLs, and 16-inch alloys. It's also devoid of tech features like parking sensors, cruise control, and the entire I-ActivSense suite of active safety features.
Does the CX-30 have all-wheel drive?
The CX-30 launched in the Philippines comes with two all-wheel-drive variants to choose from as the range-toppers.
Does the CX-30 and Mazda3 share the same engine?
The Mazda3 is powered by a 2.0L SkyActiv-G engine, which is also the same power plant used by the CX-30.
Is the CX-30 based on the Mazda3?
The Mazda CX-30 is based on the Mazda3, which makes it a Mazda3 on stilts. Major differences between the CX-30 and the Mazda3 is the increased ground clearance and the thick under cladding that are prominent on the fenders.
What's the difference between the CX-3 and the CX-30?
The Mazda CX-30 is bigger than the CX-3. The CX-3 is a subcompact crossover while the CX-30 is a compact crossover slotted in between the CX-3 and CX-5.
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