Mazda’s small SUV, the CX-30, might be in a mainstream segment in Singapore, but it’s far from middle-of-the line when it comes to features
Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are hot, and the hottest segment of the lot are mainstream small SUVs, where Japanese and Korean carmakers sell their models by the boatload.
But not all mainstream cars are made the same way, especially not if a Mazda is in the picture. The CX-30 packs a whole lot of features that could put many luxury cars to shame, not to mention the rest of the mainstream small SUV pack, and we explain why.
The Mazda CX-30 is offered in Singapore with a 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G gasoline engine. Think that’s a major turn-off for a normal car buyer? You’re wrong, since the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) difference between Cat A and Cat B is now effectively nothing. Worried about fuel bills? The 2.0-litre engine is both powerful and frugal – it’s a Skyactiv engine after all, with 6.6L/100km efficiency.
And with 165hp on tap, the CX-30 is quicker than some European SUVs of the same size. Pair that with Mazda’s signature jiba ittai driving dynamics, and you have one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the segment.
Mazda cars don’t look like mainstream cars, in fact, you could make a very strong argument for them being the best-looking passenger cars around.
The CX-30 is no different and a clear product of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy – a sporty appearance, sleek lines, sculpted flanks, it looks like a sports car in SUV form.
The Mazda CX-30 follows the same design principles as the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback – the interior feels far more luxurious than a normal car’s. Mazda achieves this in several ways – firstly it’s designed for people, so everything is easy to use, without unnecessary clutter or complexity.
Mazda’s engineers also made sure that every thing you touch looks and feels premium in a number of ways.
Good materials, for instance the seats and steering wheel in full leather. Solid operation: the buttons are designed for solid haptic feedback.
Even the white backlighting across the dashboard and instruments is all standardised.
Enter a luxury car and you will expect to find a full-featured infotainment display. The Mazda CX-30 has all that, and arguably more.
An 8.8-inch full-colour display screen with navigation and 3D graphics isn’t something you can find in any other mainstream car, and it can also sync to your smartphone via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it even has voice commands.
You interface with it through a rotary controller, which is safer and easier to use than touchscreens, and there’s also a premium 12-speaker Bose sound system onboard.
You might notice a pattern here, with the CX-30 packing many features that even proper luxury cars lack, let alone mainstream ones. And nowhere is that discrepancy highlighted than in the realm of active safety.
The CX-30 has one of the most comprehensive collection of active safety systems in a car of any price (see list below) – and it’s not only because the CX-30 is still very affordable, it simply has so many things onboard to keep you safe and help the driver – not only will it keep you in your lane, warn you if tired, light up the road ahead, it’ll also keep distance and assist steering in traffic on the highway with its radar cruise control and distance keeping functions.
Plus with its dual front, side, and curtain airbags, and driver knee airbag it was rated the safest SUV ever in the Euro NCAP test.
Notable safety features of the Mazda CX-30
Adaptive LED Headlights
Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS)
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
Smart Brake Support (SBS, front/rear)
Cruising & Traffic Support
Mazda Radar Cruise Control
Distance & Speed Alert
Driver Attention Alert
Parking Sensors and 360-view reverse camera