Mazda CX-30 set to arrive in SA soon

Mazda has recently introduced a new model into their SUV range, the Mazda CX-30, which should arrive in South African in early 2020. Positioned between the CX-3 and CX-5 model, the latest model is based on the hatchback/sedan Mazda 3. The reason the CX-30 is not called the CX-4 is mainly because Mazda currently sells a CX-4 model in Asia. 

The CX-30 offers more legroom and boot space than the CX-3 but still has a very sleek/compact SUV appearance. Under the body, the CX-30 is completely different from other SUVs available from Mazda, mainly because the CX-30 features a MacPherson underlying front strut along with a rear torsion beam system. This is taken from the Mazda 3 and is optimised for a slightly higher ride configuration.

The Mazda CX-30 is 120mm longer than the Mazda 3 but is the same height as the CX-3, offering a more spacious interior than the Mazda 3 sedan (especially for rear-seated passengers).

The new Mazda CX-30 engine options are not confirmed for SA as yet; however, it’s expected the CX-30 will be offered with the same engines that are currently available in the Mazda 3. We’re thinking possibly a 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0 petrol engine would be the available choices for the upcoming Mazda CX-30. Both engines are naturally aspirated and have an option between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. 

Over the past eight years, Mazda has excelled at building solid and uncluttered interior cabins, and the CX-30 is a prime example of this. The CX-30 has a similar design to the Mazda 3 but is noticeably bigger and slightly more refined. Even though the CX-30 is technically a compact SUV, the driving position feels sporty and well-built with a very modern, yet simplistic design. Previously, the Mazda 3 lacked insulation in the cabin and there was plenty of tyre noise, however, Mazda has fixed this problem on later models of the Mazda 3 and the CX-30 avoids this problem too.

Soft-touch materials are placed in all the correct spots that your legs, arms and hands come in touch with. ISO fix child anchor points are standard on the CX-30’s rear seats, 430 litres of boot space is the capacity the CX-30 has to offer and it’s plenty for a small family.

The Mazda CX-30 has plenty to offer as a small family vehicle, the ride quality and build quality are incomparable with other compact SUVs in its category. A price is not confirmed yet for South Africa, but it should fall just under the price tag of most of its automotive competition. The new CX-30 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best-selling SUVs in South Africa for 2020.

With so many good quality SUV offerings available to the South African market, it pays to do some research before making a final decision. Good research starts online, right here on the MotorHappy blog. Check out our Car News & Reviews section to see our feedback on the other SUVs in this category. Once you’ve done all your online research, be sure to take the car for a test ride so you can decide for yourself. 

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