Not to be mistaken for the recently discontinued CX-3, the slightly larger subcompact has a far more spacious interior, which includes better choices of materials, smarter design, and a more satisfying overall feel. The controls for the extensive array of features are laid out with ergonomic precision, and interacting with the knobs and buttons is gratifying. This more hands-on philosophy extends to the infotainment suite, since Mazda has opted to stick with rotary controls so that drivers are not distracted by finicky touchscreen interactions. Naturally, the tech gets better as you move through the trim levels, but even the base model boasts a decent list of safety features and a pleasing sound system. Those in the back will have little to complain about with such entertainment, and there is more than enough room to go around inside the Mazda CX-30.
There is enough seating in the CX-30 for up to five, but if you're carpooling your coworkers in the CUV, we'd suggest sticking to a maximum of four adults. However, the legroom in the rear isn't quite so generous that you'd want to be stuck back there over longer journeys. It is worth noting that the interior dimensions of the CX-30 outmatch the Mazda3 hatchback in this regard. Headroom is ample throughout, but there isn't an abundance of shoulder room, so you may bump elbows with your front seat passenger from time to time. Until you get up to the Preferred trim, you will have to settle for manually adjustable seats. Thereafter, you get an eight-way power driver's seat. Both front seats are heated from this point on, too. Overall visibility is excellent, thanks to large windows and the high riding height of the crossover.
|Mazda CX-30 Trims||2.5 S||2.5 S Select Package||2.5 S Preferred Package||2.5 S Carbon Edition||2.5 Turbo||2.5 S Premium Package||2.5 Turbo Premium Package||2.5 Turbo Premium Plus Package|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.1 in.||38.1 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.||37.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.||53.6 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.||54.6 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.|
While not all Mazdas are premium machines, even the most affordable never feel as cheap as they are. Sure, you'll find hard plastics around the interior of the CX-30 on the 2.5 S, and the steering wheel and gear shifter are low-budget urethane, but the build quality is excellent. The seats are upholstered in basic cloth, offered only in Black. Leatherette becomes the norm inside the Select and Preferred trims. The former is still restricted to Black, but the latter can choose Greige for a softer color scheme. The shifter and steering wheel receive an upgrade at this price point too, wrapping the steering wheel and shifter in more pleasing leather. The upper-tier Premium upgrades to genuine leather and, while Black is still a staple color choice, it adds classy White leather to the interior colors for the Mazda CX-30. The 2.5 Turbo comes in three trim levels: standard, Premium, and Premium Plus. Each Turbo adds chrome finishes around the interior of the Mazda CX-30 to announce its sportier aspirations.
The new Carbon Edition comes with a sporty red leather interior.
The small crossover offers decent practicality for its size, but it won't impress shoppers who have been inside one of the popular midsizers on the market. Still, 20.2 cubic feet of standard cargo volume should be enough for most daily needs. You are unlikely to run out of trunk space in the Mazda CX-30 when doing the weekly grocery shopping, and even larger suitcases can be stowed in a trunk of this size without fuss. Of course, if you do need a little extra room, you can fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 split to create even more cargo space in the Mazda CX-30. Notable strengths in the loading bay include a low floor height and a power liftgate on the top-line models.
Small-item storage is par for the course in a family-oriented high-rider. A pair of cupholders come standard up front, with another pair added in the back on the Select. These can be used to stow water bottles or smaller items like mobile phones. Each of the four door pockets also come equipped with a water bottle holder, and the front seats offer seatback pockets. There is a standard glove compartment and the front console offers several small bins, while an overhead console is added when you upgrade to the Preferred.
The list of features on the CX-30 starts off pretty basic, but it quickly grows to rival that of far more expensive competitors. The 2.5 S is relatively bare-bones, sticking to the essentials like air conditioning, keyless ignition, a 12-volt power outlet, and basic driver-assistance tech such as a rearview camera, cruise control, driver attention alert, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. The Select bolsters this with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while upgrading to automatic dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, and added advanced keyless entry. Most of the upgrades on the Preferred are focused on comfort, with the addition of heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, and a power moonroof. Near the top of the range, the Premium expands the driver aids with traffic sign recognition and a head-up active driving display. It also adds paddle shifters for a more hands-on driving experience. The Turbo Premium Plus will get all of this along with reverse smart brake support, rear cross-traffic braking, traffic jam assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera.
Mazda decided to go back to the basics when it comes to infotainment. There is a large 8.8-inch display in the upper dashboard, but it does not offer touchscreen interaction. Instead, users navigate the functions using a smartly designed dial on the center console or via the voice command system. This grants access to HD Radio, Pandora, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The standard sound system comprises eight speakers with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics. The only upgrades to this setup come in at the Premium level, where Sirius XM and navigation expand the basic functions, and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system replaces the standard offering. Charging of smart devices is facilitated by a pair of USB ports, but you can add a wireless charging pad optionally.