The CX-30’s sleek exterior is matched by an interior that oozes style and sophistication. It’s almost identical to that of the closely related Mazda 3
hatchback, with the same simple, sporty design and high-quality materials. This is a cabin that you’ll be happy to jump into, time and again.
The seating position is quite low for an SUV – you could easily think you were in a hatchback – but there’s a good amount of adjustment on both seat and steering column to get your preferred position. The infotainment screen on top of the dashboard looks great, although it’s small compared with those of some rivals. It’s operated via a dial between the front seats, rather than a touchscreen, and we’ve found it quick and easy to use.
Practicality is surprisingly good, given that the CX-30 is lower and more compact than more conventional SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai. Headroom and legroom are fine and the boot, at 430 litres (or 422 if you opt for the Bose stereo), is a good size and well shaped. There are plenty of storage spaces around the car, too, including large door pockets, a space under the centre arm rest and cupholders ahead of the gearstick.
The CX-30 has a comfortable ride that smooths out most road imperfections, and it’s impressively quiet at motorway speeds. While it’s not as sporty as some Mazdas the CX-30 is a good car to drive, with responsive steering and excellent composure, both at speed and through corners.