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New Mazda CX-30 addresses the lack of boot space in the CX- 3 and more.

More on the new Mazda CX-30 SUV – sitting between the established CX-3 and CX-5 it answers the lack of boot space in the CX-3 being 120mm longer overall and 30mm wider. 13 models, all six-speed automatic, and depending on model, a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engines and front or all-wheel-drive. I drove a range of front drive Mazda CX-30’s this week – the 2.5-litre models the ones to own – you’ll pay a small premium but they’re top of the class – the most affordable 2.5-litre the G25 Touring $36,490, the G25 Astina $41,490 very impressive with high levels of safety and equipment.

Steering, handling and ride outstanding and best in class, these models gain a 10-way power adjustable drivers seat, a host of electronic driver aids, satellite navigation, manual gear shift paddles, head up instrument display, a reversing camera and rear cross traffic alert –  the equipment level impressive to say the least. Importantly, it has a local five-star crash safety rating and comes with Mazda’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist. In this new Mazda CX-30 you immediately notice the extra shoulder width, the detail in the dashboard and its superb finishes. Why is it called the CX-30 and not the CX-4 – no one could answer that one but with projected sales of 800 a month I’ve no doubt, on first impression, that it will be a sure fire winner for Mazda.

I’m David Berthon

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