John Murdoch’s drive time: We test the Mazda CX-30 crossover/Suv

John Murdoch’s drive time: We test the Mazda CX-30 crossover/Suv

In this segment of John Murdoch’s Drive Time, John He takes a spin in the stylish Mazda CX-30 Crossover/Suv and discovers that its combination of good looks, performance and premium quality makes it hard to beat in a crowded segment.

Compact crossovers and small SUVs dominate the car market right now, and manufacturers have to offer a great product to attract buyers.

Mazda ticks all the boxes with its stylish CX-30, which is based on the award-winning Mazda3 hatchback.

It shares the same curvy, coupe-like lines with its sibling but adds height, a raised suspension and cladding on its sides and wheel arches.

The impressive CX-30 is available in a number of trim levels, and the Homura version I sampled costs £29,405 with two-wheel drive and the more powerful 186bhp petrol engine.

All versions come with decent equipment, with intelligent start/stop, a head-up display, push-button start, cruise control, a 10.5-inch infotainment screen, navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring, and keep assist. Track. Automatic emergency braking is all standard across the range.

The Homura adds dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats, a power liftgate, privacy glass, a Bose audio system as well as front and rear parking sensors and 18-inch black alloy wheels.

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