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Driven - Mazda CX-30 2.0 Individual

The Mazda CX-30 in its range-topping Individual guise.

Quick Facts:

  • Price: From R469 000
  • Engine: 2.0-litre naturally aspirated¬†engine
  • Transmission: six-speed auto
  • Power/Torque: 121kW/231Nm

By Kumbi Mtshakazi

We spent a week sampling Mazda’s compact SUV the CX-30 in its range-topping Individual option and we were immensely impressed with the product.

Our test unit was the range-topping Individual trim priced at R540,000

The CX-30 fits between the CX-3 and CX-5, making it attractive to buyers who are not looking for the smaller CX-3 or the rather larger CX-5. Traditionally, Mazda has been known for its quality engines and luxurious interiors and our test vehicle delivered on both fronts. The exterior was well put together too with quite a few people asking about our test product.

Mazda's front end is characterised by a grille seen across its entire lineup. Automatic LED headlights flank the grille at the front, while stylish alloy wheels complete the appearance. Certainly a visually appealing vehicle, the Mazda CX-30 looks good from every angle.

The Mazda CX-30 is equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, voice-command recognition and Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming.

A beautifully leather-wrapped interior with some of the most comfortable seats we've experienced. Although there is plenty of room for both front and rear passengers, the sloping roofline may pose a problem for taller passengers, as we saw with one member of our team. Anyone who is an audiophile will love the Bose sound system. The infotainment system, though, was our pet peeve. The screen is not a touch screen, so you still need to use the swivel dial to access some functions. Generally, a spacious interior with only a few issues noted.

As for the drivetrain, it is powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine that delivers 121kW and 231nm of torque. Although it may not be as frugal as the Mazda products we have tested, it maintained a reasonable 7.5l/100kms during our tenure as opposed to the 6.6l claimed by Mazda. Its drive is punchy, and its 6-speed automatic transmission is remarkably accurate when it comes to selecting the right gear. Whether you're riding in an urban area or on the highway, you'll have a wonderful time. It's an extremely solid car on the road, with excellent throttle and steering response.

Mazda bases the CX-30 on the Mazda 3 and the two vehicles share many components and design elements.

Over the course of the year, we have driven a variety of compact SUVs, but the Mazda CX-30 won us over. However, our issue was the price. At a retail price of R509 000 for the Dynamic, we thought one could easily jump into a pre-owned CX-5 or essentially a brand new CX-5 Dynamic as it is only R9 000 more; however, as we said earlier, buyers who will opt for this model won't want a larger SUV, so it would be a great buy for them.

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