This is now the most expensive Mazda small SUV you can buy. The CX-30 X20 Astina comes in at $46,490, before on-road costs, or $3000 more than the next model down, the G25 Astina.
Ouch. The CX-30’s key rivals come in the form of the Toyota C-HR Hybrid ($37,665), Subaru XV Hybrid ($35,580), and you could argue with this car’s luxury aspirations, the Lexus UX 250h (h for hybrid - $50,000).
There are not yet fuel-sipping versions of the Nissan Qashqai or Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but the CX-30 will soon have an even tougher fight on its hands as there are hybrid and plug-in versions on the way for each one respectively.
So, it’s clear at the very least from that collection of price comparisons, the choice to go SkyActiv-X will have to be a deliberate one.
Visually the CX-30 is sleek inside and out, and Mazda backs it with high equipment levels across the range. You can only pick the new SkyActiv-X technology in top-spec, all-wheel drive, Astina trim.
Included is full leather interior trim (very Lexus), full LED exterior light fittings with automatic high-beams, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.8-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, digital radio, built-in navigation, and a 12-speaker premium Bose audio system, a semi-digital dash cluster, 10-way driver’s seat power adjust, heated front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, 360-degree top-down parking camera suite, as well as keyless entry and push-start ignition.
There’s an equally-well equipped safety suite which we’ll delve into later. It’s worth noting that while this seems like a lot of equipment, lower grade cars in the CX-30 range get most of the necessary key items on that list, and visually it’s even hard to separate them with the Astina and X20 badges bringing no special flair.
Finally, although this is the bells-and-whistles grade, it is still missing advanced connectivity like USB-C, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot or an SOS function which are becoming notable extras in some rivals.