We’ve gone from testing the Mazda3 saloon to its compact SUV cousin, the CX-30, which shares the same platform.
While the latter offers a far more generous boot (91 litres more at 521l versus 430l), the CX-30’s boot is on a par with the Qashqai’s and gives drivers 72l more than in the 3.
It will appeal to company car drivers looking for something a bit different in the crossover market and those making the move from a diesel to a petrol engine.
Like the 3, the CX-30 features the new Skyactiv-X petrol engine, which is designed to give the fuel economy of a diesel and the performance and refinement of a petrol. It incorporates Mazda’s M Hybrid technology – a 24v mild-hybrid system that recycles recovered kinetic energy.
CO2 emissions start at 105g/km while our Sport Lux model is 133g/km with a combined fuel economy of 47.9mpg.
Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK managing director, told us at last year’s Geneva Motor Show that “Skyactiv-X will be a substantial opportunity in the fleet sector”.
With only short urban journeys to date, I’ve not yet been able to verify the fuel economy claim but we did achieve the claimed 52.3mpg in the 3.
Thomson also promised that the CX-30 would take the brand in a “premium direction” and the interior does live up to that.
There’s also a good level of standard technology, including colour head-up display, radar cruise control, LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition.
Our model comes with reversing camera, power tailgate and keyless entry (SEL-Lux and above), plus larger alloy wheels and privacy glass.