Mazda picked 2019 to take the brand upmarket with its brand new 3, and then the CX-30. When I first saw the price of this top-spec Astina I nearly broke a rib coughing, then remembered it was less than two grand above the equivalent CX-30, which itself isn't cheap, and to which this car bears more than a passing resemblance, at least in the engineering drawings.
The MX-30 Astina's $40,990 before on-roads price includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, front, side and reversing camera, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors, active cruise control, powered driver's seat, sat nav, auto LED headlights with high beam shadowing, Maztex "vegan leather" trim (quote marks aren't sarcastic, this time), power windows and rear vision mirrors, auto wipers, sunroof, heated steering wheel and front seats, space-saver spare and a very solid safety package.
The 8.8-inch screen placed deliberately out of reach on top of the dashboard is powered by the newer version of MZD Connect, and it's a ripper. Controlled exclusively by the rotary dial on the console, it's slick, easy to use and has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ alongside some basic hybrid info and the sat nav.
Your only options relate to paint - premium colours (such as Machine Grey and Polymetal Grey) attract a $495 charge, while three-tone paint is either $995 or $1490 depending on the base colour.