2020 Mazda CX-30 G25 Astina 2.5L Review | Asian Car Guide
March 5, 2021

2020 Mazda CX-30 G25 Astina 2.5L Review

2020 Mazda CX-30

How many SUVs does a brand need in its line-up? Clearly, the answer is more. As brands continue to expand their SUV offerings to meet seemingly unceasing demands, Mazda is similarly doing the same.

The Mazda CX models are plentiful. There’s the CX-3, the CX-4, the CX-5, the CX-8, and the CX-9. And now you can add one more to the list – the brand new CX-30.

Where does the ‘30’ come from?

The CX-30 is an attractive and stylish compact crossover and there’s sure to be questions on where the ‘30’ designation comes from.

Admittedly, the nomenclature is a little confusing. The CX-30 slots in between the CX-3 and the CX-5 size-wise, but Mazda cannot call it the CX-4 because that is already a model being sold exclusively in China.

So CX-30 it is then.

The name ties the car to the Mazda3, of which it shares the same foundational platform and overall ethos.

Visually, the CX-30 is immediately striking (like all modern Mazdas should be). KODO; Soul of Motion design language is in full effect, with flowing lines and an athletic demeanour further accentuated by the signature Soul Red Crystal Metallic paintwork.

The cabin is of expectedly high quality, with generous use of soft-touch materials throughout.

The equipment level is also high, making the CX-30 all in all a pretty premium place to be for both driver and passengers. With this Luxury trim you get additional amenities like a Bose sound system and power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The cabin’s sleek, minimalistic design exudes quality and class. However, it is not quite at the level of the Mazda3 – the headliner material does not quite match up to the rest of the cabin, and we found the infotainment screen to be somewhat far
away and a little too recessed.

As far as utility goes, the CX-30 is competent enough. It is not particularly big, especially the rear cabin, so is best suited for younger families.

The 317-litre boot, accessible via power tailgate, is sizable enough for daily use.

Mazda CX-30 power delivery

Where the CX-30 chiefly departs from the Mazda3 is in the drivetrain department, with a more traditional naturally aspirated 2.5-litre engine. It is better for it, too.

Our one gripe with the Mazda3 is lack of pace, and the CX-30 thankfully packs more punch.

The 2.5-litre engine with 139kW and 252Nm of torque is not what you would call exciting or thrilling, but sufficient for all sensible driving needs.

At light loads it doles out power in a smooth manner. Hoof it and the engine is happy to rev hard, though the good acceleration is accompanied by more noise.

Importantly, the CX-30 is easy and comfortable to drive. Yes, you do feel the car’s higher ride profile and raised centre of gravity, but it will give most drivers no complaints at all.

The suspension is well sorted and soaks up bumps well. Throw it into a couple of corners and it also acquits itself much better than comparable crossovers in its segment.

If you drift out of your lane, the Lane-keep Assist System steers the car back in. The brakes lack some bite, so you need to be a little firmer in your brake application.

The test car G25 Astina does come with a whole load of safety and assistance systems. These include a 360-degree View Monitor, Radar Cruise Control, Lane-keep Assist System, Smart Brake Support, and Driver Attention Alert, just to name a few.

Is it worth the price?

Mazda excels in producing desirable packages, especially in the styling department and this CX-30 is no different. Underneath the pretty skin is a competent mechanical skeleton that ticks all the necessary boxes.

The Mazda CX-30 delivers a desirable combination of style, quality and driving refinement.

Slotting in between the CX-3 and the CX-5, the CX-30 makes a fair bit of sense, while being roomier and more practical than the CX-3 (which is really rather small), but not quite as bulky as the CX-5.

This G25 Astina CX-30 costs $41,490 (plus on-road cost) with front wheel drive and $43,490 (plus on-road cost) for the all-wheel drive.

Yes, it is easy to be cynical about brands just consistently adding new SUVs into line-ups that fit into incrementally small gaps in the market.

Thankfully, this CX-30 does not feel like a filler car at all. In fact, it is quite desirable, not something we can easily say about most crossovers.

Mazda Australia’s recently upgraded five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five years’ roadside assistance will apply to the CX-30.

With capped price servicing for the first five years, visits will cost $309, $354, $309, $354, $309 plus $69 for brake fluid every 2 years and $92 for a new air filter every 40,000km.

Buyers get to choose from eight exterior colours, including Polymetal Grey Metallic, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Titanium Flash Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica.

2020 Mazda CX-30 G25 Astina 2.5-L

  • Price: $43,490 AWD/ $41,490 FWD – plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder
  • Power: 139kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 252Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 6.8L/100km (Combined)
  • Dimensions mm: 1,540(H) x 4,395(L) x 1,795(W) x 175(Ground clearance) x 2,655(WB)
  • Fuel tank: 48 litres
  • Kerb Weight: 1,070kg
  • CO2: 157 g/km