Mazda CX-30 test. Urban Samurai

On January 15, 2021, sales of the new Mazda CX-30 started in Russia. This is the most compact crossover of the brand and today, taking into account the departure of the Mazda 3 from our market, the smallest car in the company's lineup. Our compatriots did not particularly appreciate the latest generation of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, although the car was interesting, it turned out to be more expensive than its competitors, so sales did not go much, and last year the representative office stopped deliveries of the car to the Russian Federation. But this situation with the Mazda 3 made room for the company's new urban crossover, the Mazda CX-30.

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The Mazda CX-30 is a compact urban crossover that is similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, which is not surprising given that the cars are built on the same platform. Despite the outward resemblance to a passenger car, the novelty is still a little different, the designers of the Japanese brand have completely redrawn the stern of the crossover, so that it is now not as heavy as that of the Mazda 3 hatchback, and the overall look of the car has become more harmonious and visually lighter. Yes, if the front SUV can still be confused with the passenger version, then you can immediately see the differences from the side and rear.In general, the Mazda CX-30 turned out to be pretty, I liked it the most in the corporate red color, dark colors make the car visually smaller, which is not good for an already compact car. To emphasize that the model belongs to crossovers, the manufacturer added an unpainted plastic skirt from below, so it’s not scary to storm snowdrifts, and also increased the ground clearance to 180 mm. It is clear that no one will climb off-road on an urban crossover, but at the same time, you can not be afraid of snow-covered roads by car, and it is possible to drive off the asphalt without much fear. The only controversial point is that the skirt is somehow very high, they would have made it a little lower, and it would have looked more attractive, although it is not very striking on dark colors.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

In the cabin, the similarity of the Mazda CX-30 with the Mazda 3 is much greater than on the outside, even landing in the crossover remained passenger. The interior design is fully consistent with that in the hatchback/sedan, the same multi-layered front panel with a far-off widescreen media system display, the same comfortable steering wheel with control keys on it, even the same seats, hard, with the correct profile, but a short pillow. The differences lie in small details like smooth transitions from the front panel to the door and a slightly different front armrest with a large niche in it. I visually like the interior of the new Mazda, besides, the Japanese manufacturer has changed its strategy and is now focused on the premium segment, so the materials here are only of high quality, these are soft plastic and leather, and all the details are carefully fitted. Yes, below the line of sight, you can already feel the hard plastic, but these are the places where the owner, if he climbs, then only with the direct intention of feeling everything and everything.

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With a height of 187 cm, I calmly got behind the wheel, all the adjustments are enough with a margin, the only thing I will once again complain about is a short pillow and too slippery leather on the seats, although this is the prerogative of the maximum configuration, in the initial upholstery there will be fabric, there this moment irrelevant. You sit in a crossover like in a passenger car, there are no advantages in the form of a high seating position in the CX-30, and you can only feel that the car is higher than the same hatchback when you get out of the car. Landing and exit do not cause problems, and the doors completely close the thresholds, so you should not be afraid of trousers even in bad weather. The chairs are comfortable, moderately hard, with the right profile and developed lateral support, you don’t get tired in them even on a long trip. The maximum configuration of Supreme boasts electrically adjustable driver's seat with electrically adjustable lumbar support in one plane and position memory for two people, but in any case, the front passenger seat will be with mechanical adjustments. Visibility from the driver's seat in the CX-30 is good, the pillars are narrow, and the side mirrors, which are medium in size, give a good view to the rear.

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I can hardly squeeze behind myself, I can't sit down freely, although someone smaller may be able to fit comfortably there. Isofix mounts are located at the back along the edges of the sofa and have free access, so installing a child seat is no problem. True, the child can no longer sit down behind me, I have to put him behind the front passenger, slightly infringing on the latter in the free space, but not critical.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

The trunk for an urban crossover is quite ordinary, 430 liters, and by folding the back of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which forms an almost flat floor, it can be increased to 1406 liters. The trunk, in the underground of which the dokatka is hidden, is for the most part convenient, except that you can complain about the high loading height. The car has a mechanism for automatically opening the tailgate, when closing it is possible to completely close the car.

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Among the pleasant features of the Mazda CX-30, it is worth noting that already in the initial Drive package you will receive a media system with an 8.8 ”display and control from a convenient washer similar to BMW, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8 speakers, as well as a dashboard with a large color screen and projection display. Also available at the start are 7 airbags, all major electronic driving assistance systems and good LED headlights.

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Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda CX-30, here it was clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in Mazda it is completely different. What is worth only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn.

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The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8 ”widescreen display, it seems, with HD resolution, is not touch-sensitive in the car and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on the central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions. On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. The stock navigation uses HERE maps with the latest updates, so they already have fairly fresh roads and interchanges. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

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There was a full range of driver assistants in our top-of-the-range Supreme trim. There is adaptive cruise control, combined with the Start & Go system (a first for Mazda), which allows the car to move in the stream even at low speeds, stop and continue on its own. This also includes a lane control system that can independently return the car to the lane, and if the marking is not available, the system will be guided by the car in front. The driver assistant works very well and allows you to relax a little in traffic jams, and on the track it makes life a lot easier.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

There is a surround view camera with a high-quality picture and a cross-traffic warning system with visual and audible information, the latter helps when leaving parking lots or adjacent roads with poor visibility. Of course, there is also a blind spot monitoring system in the maximum configuration with visual indication not only in the far corner of the mirrors, but also on the dashboard screen and the projection display, which is very clear.There is also an adaptive lighting system with the function of automatic control of the luminous flux, as well as correctly working light and rain sensors. If the car is equipped with a regular navigation system, which costs 55,000 rubles, then the buyer also receives a traffic sign recognition system, but it works very strangely, not always reading information correctly, so you should not rely on it completely. But in general, I was satisfied with the set of driver assistant in the Mazda CX-30, there are many nice options, plus they work correctly, and the information on some of them is well visualized and easy to read.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the operation of climate control, it does its job well, but since there is no autonomous heater, it takes some time to warm up the interior in winter. For cold weather, a three-level heating of the front seats is useful, which, however, warms up for quite a long time, as well as a heated steering wheel, which works quickly, but only warms up the sidewalls of the steering wheel. All heating buttons are located on the climate control unit and have free access from the driver's seat.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

In terms of sound insulation, the car was pleasantly surprised, for its price segment it is quite quiet and, unlike the Mazda 3, the wheel arches are better isolated in the CX-30. Although I note that aerodynamic noise appears on the track, due to which you have to slightly raise your voice when communicating with passengers. On the road, the car can be called comfortable, it copes well with small and large bumps, but medium-sized potholes and protrusions with sharp edges still noticeably reverberate in the cabin.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

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In Russia, the urban crossover is presented with one SKYACTIV-G two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 150 hp. The car comes in a version with front or all-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual (only for the initial configuration) or a six-speed automatic. Our top-of-the-line Supreme was all-wheel drive and only available with an automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The engine-gearbox connection is set up quite well, the car is responsive to pressing the gas, and the box quickly and without any jerks turns on the desired gear. If you want to get more, then you can switch to Sport mode, where the accelerator sensitivity is aggravated, and the box holds the gear longer. But this mode is not for every day and not for everyone, most will prefer the standard mode of movement, which is enough in most cases. On the track, there is a slight lack of power, but not critical, so even at a speed close to the maximum allowed, you can easily overtake.

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The all-wheel drive car proved to be excellent after the recent snowfall in Moscow, it was relatively easy to break through the snow, sometimes the car drove a little, but not much, and perhaps this is due to the relatively low weight and small track of the crossover (1565 mm front and rear ). The ground clearance of 180 mm was enough to calmly go through a deep rut without scratching the bottom, and it was relatively easy to storm snow-covered parking spaces on the CX-30. The city crossover is controlled like an ordinary passenger car, it obediently responds to steering wheel deviations and follows a precisely set trajectory, and rolls in corners are very small. But, it’s true, you shouldn’t wait for that transparency and drive, as in previous generations of “three rubles”, in the CX-30, as in the case of the new Mazda 3, all the enthusiasm is stifled by electronics that control every action of the driver, which for the layman, probably for the better.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

Fuel consumption in cold weather in our version of the car was around 12 liters in the city, on the highway I got at least 9 liters, which is not bad, but, of course, it differs upwards from that declared by the manufacturer. There is also a start-stop system in the car, which seems to be designed to save fuel, but I constantly turned it off (turned on with each new trip), because for some reason the car starts with a noticeable jerk, which is not very pleasant.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

Prices for the new Mazda CX-30 start at 1,683,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a manual transmission and in the initial, but well-equipped Drive version. The average Active equipment, which the Russian representative office of the company relies on, starts at 1,937,000 rubles for front-wheel drive and automatic, the all-wheel drive version will cost 100,000 rubles more. The top-end Supreme equipment with the maximum additional equipment package costs 2,556,400 rubles in the all-wheel drive version, this is already with a metallic color, which costs 33,000 rubles.

Mazda CX-30 test. Urban Samurai

On January 15, 2021, sales of the new Mazda CX-30 started in Russia. This is the most compact crossover of the brand and today, taking into account the departure of the Mazda 3 from our market, the smallest car in the company's lineup. Our compatriots did not particularly appreciate the latest generation of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, although the car was interesting, it turned out to be more expensive than its competitors, so sales did not go much, and last year the representative office stopped deliveries of the car to the Russian Federation. But this situation with the Mazda 3 made room for the company's new urban crossover, the Mazda CX-30.

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The Mazda CX-30 is a compact urban crossover that is similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, which is not surprising given that the cars are built on the same platform. Despite the outward resemblance to a passenger car, the novelty is still a little different, the designers of the Japanese brand have completely redrawn the stern of the crossover, so that it is now not as heavy as that of the Mazda 3 hatchback, and the overall look of the car has become more harmonious and visually lighter. Yes, if the front SUV can still be confused with the passenger version, then you can immediately see the differences from the side and rear.In general, the Mazda CX-30 turned out to be pretty, I liked it the most in the corporate red color, dark colors make the car visually smaller, which is not good for an already compact car. To emphasize that the model belongs to crossovers, the manufacturer added an unpainted plastic skirt from below, so it’s not scary to storm snowdrifts, and also increased the ground clearance to 180 mm. It is clear that no one will climb off-road on an urban crossover, but at the same time, you can not be afraid of snow-covered roads by car, and it is possible to drive off the asphalt without much fear. The only controversial point is that the skirt is somehow very high, it would have been made a little lower, and it would have looked more attractive, although it is not very striking on dark colors.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

In the cabin, the similarity of the Mazda CX-30 with the Mazda 3 is much greater than on the outside, even landing in the crossover remained passenger. The interior design is fully consistent with that in the hatchback/sedan, the same multi-layered front panel with a far-off widescreen media system display, the same comfortable steering wheel with control keys on it, even the same seats, hard, with the correct profile, but a short pillow. The differences lie in small details like smooth transitions from the front panel to the door and a slightly different front armrest with a large niche in it. I visually like the interior of the new Mazda, besides, the Japanese manufacturer has changed its strategy and is now focused on the premium segment, so the materials here are only of high quality, these are soft plastic and leather, and all the details are carefully fitted. Yes, below the line of sight, you can already feel the hard plastic, but these are the places where the owner, if he climbs, then only with the direct intention of feeling everything and everything.

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With a height of 187 cm, I calmly got behind the wheel, all the adjustments are enough with a margin, the only thing I will once again complain about is a short pillow and too slippery leather on the seats, although this is the prerogative of the maximum configuration, in the initial upholstery there will be fabric, there this moment irrelevant. You sit in a crossover like in a passenger car, there are no advantages in the form of a high seating position in the CX-30, and you can only feel that the car is higher than the same hatchback when you get out of the car. Landing and exit do not cause problems, and the doors completely close the thresholds, so you should not be afraid of trousers even in bad weather. The chairs are comfortable, moderately hard, with the right profile and developed lateral support, you don’t get tired in them even on a long trip. The maximum configuration of Supreme boasts electrically adjustable driver's seat with electrically adjustable lumbar support in one plane and position memory for two people, but in any case, the front passenger seat will be with mechanical adjustments. Visibility from the driver's seat in the CX-30 is good, the pillars are narrow, and the side mirrors, which are medium in size, give a good view to the rear.

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I can hardly squeeze behind myself, I can't sit down freely, although someone smaller may be able to fit comfortably there. Isofix mounts are located at the back along the edges of the sofa and have free access, so installing a child seat is no problem. True, the child can no longer sit down behind me, I have to put him behind the front passenger, slightly infringing on the latter in the free space, but not critical.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

The trunk for an urban crossover is quite ordinary, 430 liters, and by folding the back of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which forms an almost flat floor, it can be increased to 1406 liters. The trunk, in the underground of which the dokatka is hidden, is for the most part convenient, except that you can complain about the high loading height. The car has a mechanism for automatically opening the tailgate, when closing it is possible to completely close the car.

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Among the pleasant features of the Mazda CX-30, it is worth noting that already in the initial Drive package you will receive a media system with an 8.8 ”display and control from a convenient puck similar to BMW, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8 speakers, as well as a dashboard with a large color screen and projection display. Also available at the start are 7 airbags, all major electronic driving assistance systems and good LED headlights.

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Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda CX-30, here it was clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in Mazda it is completely different. What is worth only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn.

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The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8 ”widescreen display, it seems, with HD resolution, is not touch-sensitive in the car and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on the central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions. On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. The stock navigation uses HERE maps with the latest updates, so they already have fairly fresh roads and interchanges. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

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For the entire interior, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well. Only the central display is used to work with the phone, information on calls is not available on the large screen of the dashboard.

It's nice that all Russian versions of the Mazda CX-30 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic ring on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if this display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case, it also displays information about the operation of cruise control and other driver assistants. Additional information is highlighted along the edges of the speedometer, these are prompts for speed limits, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

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The driver's assistants in our top-of-the-line Supreme package were complete. There is adaptive cruise control, combined with the Start & Go system (a first for Mazda), which allows the car to move in the stream even at low speeds, stop and continue on its own. This also includes a lane control system that can independently return the car to the lane, and if the marking is not available, the system will be guided by the car in front. The driver assistant works very well and allows you to relax a little in traffic jams, and on the track it makes life a lot easier.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

There is a surround view camera with a high-quality picture and a cross-traffic warning system with visual and audible information, the latter helps when leaving parking lots or adjacent roads with poor visibility. Of course, there is also a blind spot monitoring system in the maximum configuration with visual indication not only in the far corner of the mirrors, but also on the dashboard screen and the projection display, which is very clear.There is also an adaptive lighting system with the function of automatic control of the light flux, as well as correctly working light and rain sensors. If the car is equipped with a regular navigation system, which costs 55,000 rubles, then the buyer also receives a traffic sign recognition system, but it works very strangely, not always reading information correctly, so you should not rely on it completely. But in general, I was satisfied with the set of driver assistant in the Mazda CX-30, there are many nice options, plus they work correctly, and the information on some of them is well visualized and easy to read.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the operation of climate control, it does its job well, but since there is no autonomous heater, it takes some time to warm up the interior in winter. For cold weather, a three-level heating of the front seats is useful, which, however, warms up for quite a long time, as well as a heated steering wheel, which works quickly, but only warms up the sidewalls of the steering wheel. All heating buttons are located on the climate control unit and have free access from the driver's seat.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

In terms of sound insulation, the car was pleasantly surprised, for its price segment it is quite quiet and, unlike the Mazda 3, the wheel arches are better isolated in the CX-30. Although I note that aerodynamic noise appears on the track, due to which you have to slightly raise your voice when communicating with passengers. On the road, the car can be called comfortable, it copes well with small and large bumps, but medium-sized potholes and protrusions with sharp edges still noticeably reverberate in the cabin.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

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In Russia, the urban crossover is presented with one SKYACTIV-G two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 150 hp. The car comes in a version with front or all-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual (only for the initial configuration) or a six-speed automatic. Our top-of-the-line Supreme was all-wheel drive and only available with an automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The engine-gearbox connection is set up quite well, the car is responsive to pressing the gas, and the box quickly and without any jerks turns on the desired gear. If you want to get more, then you can switch to Sport mode, where the accelerator sensitivity is aggravated, and the box holds the gear longer. But this mode is not for every day and not for everyone, most will prefer the standard mode of movement, which is enough in most cases. On the track, there is a slight lack of power, but not critical, so even at a speed close to the maximum allowed, you can easily overtake.

Fuel consumption in cold weather in our version of the car was around 12 liters in the city, on the highway I got at least 9 liters, which is not bad, but, of course, it differs upwards from that declared by the manufacturer. There is also a start-stop system in the car, which seems to be designed to save fuel, but I constantly turned it off (turned on with each new trip), because for some reason the car starts with a noticeable jerk, which is not very pleasant.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

Prices for the new Mazda CX-30 start at 1,683,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a manual transmission and in the initial, but well-equipped Drive version. The average Active equipment, which the Russian representative office of the company relies on, starts at 1,937,000 rubles for front-wheel drive and automatic, the all-wheel drive version will cost 100,000 rubles more. The top-end Supreme equipment with the maximum additional equipment package costs 2,556,400 rubles in the all-wheel drive version, this is already with a metallic color, which costs 33,000 rubles.

Mazda CX-30 test. Urban Samurai

On January 15, 2021, sales of the new Mazda CX-30 started in Russia. This is the most compact crossover of the brand and today, taking into account the departure of the Mazda 3 from our market, the smallest car in the company's lineup. Our compatriots did not particularly appreciate the latest generation of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, although the car was interesting, it turned out to be more expensive than its competitors, so sales did not go much, and last year the representative office stopped deliveries of the car to the Russian Federation. But this situation with the Mazda 3 made room for the company's new urban crossover, the Mazda CX-30.

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The Mazda CX-30 is a compact urban crossover that is similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, which is not surprising given that the cars are built on the same platform. Despite the outward resemblance to a passenger car, the novelty is still a little different, the designers of the Japanese brand have completely redrawn the stern of the crossover, so that it is now not as heavy as that of the Mazda 3 hatchback, and the overall look of the car has become more harmonious and visually lighter. Yes, if the front SUV can still be confused with the passenger version, then you can immediately see the differences from the side and rear.In general, the Mazda CX-30 turned out to be pretty, I liked it the most in the corporate red color, dark colors make the car visually smaller, which is not good for an already compact car. To emphasize that the model belongs to crossovers, the manufacturer added an unpainted plastic skirt from below, so it’s not scary to storm snowdrifts, and also increased the ground clearance to 180 mm. It is clear that no one will climb off-road on an urban crossover, but at the same time, you can not be afraid of snow-covered roads by car, and it is possible to drive off the asphalt without much fear. The only controversial point is that the skirt is somehow very high, they would have made it a little lower, and it would have looked more attractive, although it is not very striking on dark colors.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

In the cabin, the similarity of the Mazda CX-30 with the Mazda 3 is much greater than on the outside, even landing in the crossover remained passenger. The interior design is fully consistent with that in the hatchback/sedan, the same multi-layered front panel with a far-off widescreen media system display, the same comfortable steering wheel with control keys on it, even the same seats, hard, with the correct profile, but a short pillow. The differences lie in small details like smooth transitions from the front panel to the door and a slightly different front armrest with a large niche in it. I visually like the interior of the new Mazda, besides, the Japanese manufacturer has changed its strategy and is now focused on the premium segment, so the materials here are only of high quality, these are soft plastic and leather, and all the details are carefully fitted. Yes, below the line of sight, you can already feel the hard plastic, but these are the places where the owner, if he climbs, then only with the direct intention of feeling everything and everything.

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With a height of 187 cm, I calmly got behind the wheel, all the adjustments are enough with a margin, the only thing I will once again complain about is a short pillow and too slippery leather on the seats, although this is the prerogative of the maximum configuration, in the initial upholstery there will be fabric, there this moment irrelevant. You sit in a crossover like in a passenger car, there are no advantages in the form of a high seating position in the CX-30, and you can only feel that the car is higher than the same hatchback when you get out of the car. Landing and exit do not cause problems, and the doors completely close the thresholds, so you should not be afraid of trousers even in bad weather. The chairs are comfortable, moderately hard, with the right profile and developed lateral support, you don’t get tired in them even on a long trip. The top of the range Supreme boasts electrically adjustable driver's seat with electrically adjustable lumbar support in one plane and position memory for two people, but the front passenger seat will in any case be mechanically adjustable. Visibility from the driver's seat in the CX-30 is good, the pillars are narrow, and the side mirrors, which are medium in size, give a good view to the rear.

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I can hardly squeeze behind myself, I can't sit down freely, although someone smaller may be able to fit comfortably there. Isofix mounts are located at the back along the edges of the sofa and have free access, so installing a child seat is no problem. True, the child can no longer sit behind me, I have to put him behind the front passenger, slightly infringing on the latter in the free space, but not critical.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai

The trunk for an urban crossover is quite ordinary, 430 liters, and by folding the back of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which forms an almost flat floor, it can be increased to 1406 liters. The trunk, in the underground of which the dokatka is hidden, is for the most part convenient, except that you can complain about the high loading height. The car has a mechanism for automatically opening the tailgate, when closing it is possible to completely close the car.

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Among the pleasant features of the Mazda CX-30, it is worth noting that already in the initial Drive package you will receive a media system with an 8.8 ”display and control from a convenient puck similar to BMW, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8 speakers, as well as a dashboard with a large color screen and projection display. Also available at the start are 7 airbags, all major electronic driving assistance systems and good LED headlights.

Mazda CX-30 Test. Urban Samurai Mazda CX-test 30. City Samurai

Mazda did a good job on the interface of the media system of the new Mazda CX-30, here it was clearly a reference point for the European market and alignment with German manufacturers. If for the most part in Japanese cars the interface is boring, without much design and with ugly fonts, then in Mazda it is completely different. What is worth only a perfectly matched font, thin, beautiful and well readable, and the menu icons are well drawn.

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The speed of the new media system is also at a good level, nothing slows down. The only thing, perhaps, is that the 8.8 ”widescreen display, it seems, with HD resolution, is not touch-sensitive in the car and all control falls on the puck and shortcut keys on the central tunnel. And if navigation through the standard menu does not raise questions, since the manufacturer has configured it specifically for this type of control, then in the same Android Auto or Apple CarPlay it will be a little more difficult. Also, due to the lack of a touch screen, it is difficult to enter an address in navigation, the manufacturer offers to use the carousel menu for this, which is long and difficult, or use voice input. The Japanese should have borrowed from the Germans the idea of ​​​​a touch pad for entering text, then there would have been no questions. On the other hand, voice input works at a good level, so it becomes easier to fill in the address of the object you need. The stock navigation uses HERE maps with the latest updates, so they already have fairly fresh roads and interchanges. The regular navigation builds the route well, but it seems that it does not work with traffic jams in Russia, at least I could not turn on their display.

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For the entire interior, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well. Only the central display is used to work with the phone, information on calls is not available on the large screen of the dashboard.

It's nice that all Russian versions of the Mazda CX-30 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic ring on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if this display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case, it also displays information about the operation of cruise control and other driver assistants. Additional information is highlighted along the edges of the speedometer, these are prompts for speed limits, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

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The driver's assistants in our top-of-the-line Supreme package were complete. There is adaptive cruise control, combined with the Start & Go system (a first for Mazda), which allows the car to move in the stream even at low speeds, stop and continue on its own. This also includes a lane control system that can independently return the car to the lane, and if the marking is not available, the system will be guided by the car in front. The driver assistant works very well and allows you to relax a little in traffic jams, and on the track it makes life a lot easier.

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There is a surround view camera with a high-quality picture and a cross-traffic warning system with visual and audible information, the latter helps when leaving parking lots or adjacent roads with poor visibility. Of course, there is also a blind spot monitoring system in the maximum configuration with visual indication not only in the far corner of the mirrors, but also on the dashboard screen and the projection display, which is very clear.There is also an adaptive lighting system with the function of automatic control of the luminous flux, as well as correctly working light and rain sensors. If the car is equipped with a regular navigation system, which costs 55,000 rubles, then the buyer also receives a traffic sign recognition system, but it works very strangely, not always reading information correctly, so you should not rely on it completely. But in general, I was satisfied with the set of driver assistant in the Mazda CX-30, there are many nice options, plus they work correctly, and the information on some of them is well visualized and easy to read.

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The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the operation of climate control, it does its job well, but since there is no autonomous heater, it takes some time to warm up the interior in winter. For cold weather, a three-level heating of the front seats is useful, which, however, warms up for quite a long time, as well as a heated steering wheel, which works quickly, but only warms up the sidewalls of the steering wheel. All heating buttons are located on the climate control unit and have free access from the driver's seat.

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In terms of sound insulation, the car was pleasantly surprised, for its price segment it is quite quiet and, unlike the Mazda 3, the wheel arches are better isolated in the CX-30. Although I note that aerodynamic noise appears on the track, due to which you have to slightly raise your voice when communicating with passengers. On the road, the car can be called comfortable, it copes well with small and large bumps, but medium-sized potholes and protrusions with sharp edges still noticeably reverberate in the cabin.

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In Russia, the urban crossover is presented with one SKYACTIV-G two-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 150 hp. The car comes in a version with front or all-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual (only for the initial configuration) or a six-speed automatic. Our top-of-the-line Supreme was all-wheel drive and only available with an automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The engine-gearbox connection is set up quite well, the car is responsive to pressing the gas, and the box quickly and without any jerks turns on the desired gear. If you want to get more, then you can switch to Sport mode, where the accelerator sensitivity is aggravated, and the box holds the gear longer. But this mode is not for every day and not for everyone, most will prefer the standard mode of movement, which is enough in most cases. On the track, there is a slight lack of power, but not critical, so even at a speed close to the maximum allowed, you can easily overtake.

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The all-wheel drive car proved to be excellent after the recent snowfall in Moscow, it was relatively easy to break through the snow, sometimes the car drove a little, but not much, and perhaps this is due to the relatively low weight and small track of the crossover (1565 mm front and rear ). The ground clearance of 180 mm was enough to calmly go through a deep rut without scratching the bottom, and it was relatively easy to storm snow-covered parking spaces on the CX-30. The city crossover is controlled like an ordinary passenger car, it obediently responds to steering wheel deviations and follows a precisely set trajectory, and rolls in corners are very small. But, it’s true, you shouldn’t wait for that transparency and drive, as in previous generations of “three rubles”, in the CX-30, as in the case of the new Mazda 3, all the enthusiasm is stifled by electronics that control every action of the driver, which for the layman, probably for the better.

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Fuel consumption in cold weather in our version of the car was around 12 liters in the city, on the highway I got at least 9 liters, which is not bad, but, of course, it differs upwards from that declared by the manufacturer. There is also a start-stop system in the car, which seems to be designed to save fuel, but I constantly turned it off (turned on with each new trip), because for some reason the car starts with a noticeable jerk, which is not very pleasant.

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Prices for the new Mazda CX-30 start at 1,683,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a manual transmission and in the initial, but well-equipped Drive version. The average Active equipment, which the Russian representative office of the company relies on, starts at 1,937,000 rubles for front-wheel drive and automatic, the all-wheel drive version will cost 100,000 rubles more. The top-end Supreme equipment with the maximum additional equipment package costs 2,556,400 rubles in the all-wheel drive version, this is already with a metallic color, which costs 33,000 rubles.

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On January 15, 2021, sales of the new Mazda CX-30 started in Russia. This is the most compact crossover of the brand and today, taking into account the departure of the Mazda 3 from our market, the smallest car in the company's lineup. Our compatriots did not particularly appreciate the latest generation of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, although the car was interesting, it turned out to be more expensive than its competitors, so sales did not go much, and last year the representative office stopped deliveries of the car to the Russian Federation. But this situation with the Mazda 3 made room for the company's new urban crossover, the Mazda CX-30.

The Mazda CX-30 is a compact urban crossover that is similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, which is not surprising given that the cars are built on the same platform. Despite the outward resemblance to a passenger car, the novelty is still a little different, the designers of the Japanese brand have completely redrawn the stern of the crossover, so that it is now not as heavy as that of the Mazda 3 hatchback, and the overall look of the car has become more harmonious and visually lighter. Yes, if the front SUV can still be confused with the passenger version, then you can immediately see the differences from the side and rear. In general, the Mazda CX-30 turned out to be pretty, I liked it the most in the corporate red color, dark colors make the car visually smaller, which is not good for an already compact car. To emphasize that the model belongs to crossovers, the manufacturer added an unpainted plastic skirt from below, so it’s not scary to storm snowdrifts, and also increased the ground clearance to 180 mm. It is clear that no one will climb off-road on an urban crossover, but at the same time, you can not be afraid of snow-covered roads by car, and it is possible to drive off the asphalt without much fear. The only controversial point is that the skirt is somehow very high, they would have made it a little lower, and it would have looked more attractive, although it is not very striking on dark colors.

In the cabin, the similarity of the Mazda CX-30 with the Mazda 3 is much greater than on the outside, even landing in the crossover remained passenger. The interior design is fully consistent with that in the hatchback/sedan, the same multi-layered front panel with a far-off widescreen media system display, the same comfortable steering wheel with control keys on it, even the same seats, hard, with the correct profile, but a short pillow. The differences lie in small details like smooth transitions from the front panel to the door and a slightly different front armrest with a large niche in it. I visually like the interior of the new Mazda, besides, the Japanese manufacturer has changed its strategy and is now focused on the premium segment, so the materials here are only of high quality, these are soft plastic and leather, and all the details are carefully fitted. Yes, below the line of sight, you can already feel the hard plastic, but these are the places where the owner, if he climbs, then only with the direct intention of feeling everything and everything.

With a height of 187 cm, I calmly got behind the wheel, all the adjustments are enough with a margin, the only thing I will once again complain about is a short pillow and too slippery leather on the seats, although this is the prerogative of the maximum configuration, in the initial upholstery there will be fabric, there this moment irrelevant. You sit in a crossover like in a passenger car, there are no advantages in the form of a high seating position in the CX-30, and you can only feel that the car is higher than the same hatchback when you get out of the car. Landing and exit do not cause problems, and the doors completely close the thresholds, so you should not be afraid of trousers even in bad weather.The chairs are comfortable, moderately hard, with the right profile and developed lateral support, you don’t get tired in them even on a long trip. The top of the range Supreme boasts electrically adjustable driver's seat with electrically adjustable lumbar support in one plane and position memory for two people, but the front passenger seat will in any case be mechanically adjustable. Visibility from the driver's seat in the CX-30 is good, the pillars are narrow, and the side mirrors, which are medium in size, give a good view to the rear.

I can hardly squeeze behind myself, I can't sit down freely, although someone smaller may be able to fit comfortably there. Isofix mounts are located at the back along the edges of the sofa and have free access, so installing a child seat is no problem. True, the child can no longer sit down behind me, I have to put him behind the front passenger, slightly infringing on the latter in the free space, but not critical.

The trunk for an urban crossover is quite ordinary, 430 liters, and by folding the back of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which forms an almost flat floor, it can be increased to 1406 liters. The trunk, in the underground of which the dokatka is hidden, is for the most part convenient, except that you can complain about the high loading height. The car has a mechanism for automatically opening the tailgate, when closing it is possible to completely close the car.

Among the pleasant features of the Mazda CX-30, it is worth noting that already in the initial Drive package you will receive a media system with an 8.8 ”display and control from a convenient washer similar to BMW, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8 speakers, as well as a dashboard with a large color screen and projection display. Also available at the start are 7 airbags, all major electronic driving assistance systems and good LED headlights.

For the entire interior, the Japanese manufacturer offers only two USB connectors, both in the front of the car. The main one on the center console and an additional one in the armrest, both charge modern smartphones quite quickly. Despite the fact that the car was obviously created with an eye on the Germans, the Japanese did not install the Type-C, although it is already in full use by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is not difficult, the standard speakerphone works just as well. Only the central display is used to work with the phone, information on calls is not available on the large screen of the dashboard.

It's nice that all Russian versions of the Mazda CX-30 already have a high-quality head-up display, which displays both the speed and the prompts of the standard navigation system. The Japanese did not make the dashboard completely virtual, but it seems they really wanted to be in trend, so they installed a display in the center of the dashboard, and put a plastic ring on top, so that the screen can imitate a classic speedometer if this display option is selected. There are only two options for displaying the speedometer, classic or digital, in the second case, it also displays information about the operation of cruise control and other driver assistants. Additional information is highlighted along the edges of the speedometer, these are prompts for speed limits, fuel level indicators, as well as information on open doors, the latter is also duplicated in the form of an indicator on the right side, on the analog part of the dashboard.

The driver's assistants in our top-of-the-line Supreme package were complete. There is adaptive cruise control, combined with the Start & Go system (a first for Mazda), which allows the car to move in the stream even at low speeds, stop and continue on its own. This also includes a lane control system that can independently return the car to the lane, and if the marking is not available, the system will be guided by the car in front. The driver assistant works very well and allows you to relax a little in traffic jams, and on the track it makes life a lot easier.

There is a surround view camera with a high-quality picture and a cross-traffic warning system with visual and audible information, the latter helps when leaving parking lots or adjacent roads with poor visibility. Of course, there is also a blind spot monitoring system in the maximum configuration with visual indication not only in the far corner of the mirrors, but also on the dashboard screen and the projection display, which is very clear. There is also an adaptive lighting system with the function of automatic control of the luminous flux, as well as correctly working light and rain sensors. If the car is equipped with a regular navigation system, which costs 55,000 rubles, then the buyer also receives a traffic sign recognition system, but it works very strangely, not always reading information correctly, so you should not rely on it completely. But in general, I was satisfied with the set of driver assistant in the Mazda CX-30, there are many nice options, plus they work correctly, and the information on some of them is well visualized and easy to read.

The dual-zone climate control unit is compact, with comfortable temperature control knobs and its own screen. In this regard, it’s good that Mazda didn’t copy the newfangled solutions of the German car industry, but made classic climate control, for me personally, all these touch solutions and screen controls seem not very convenient. There are no questions about the operation of climate control, it does its job well, but since there is no autonomous heater, it takes some time to warm up the interior in winter. For cold weather, a three-level heating of the front seats is useful, which, however, warms up for quite a long time, as well as a heated steering wheel, which works quickly, but only warms up the sidewalls of the steering wheel. All heating buttons are located on the climate control unit and have free access from the driver's seat.

In terms of sound insulation, the car was pleasantly surprised, for its price segment it is quite quiet and, unlike the Mazda 3, the wheel arches are better isolated in the CX-30. Although I note that aerodynamic noise appears on the track, due to which you have to slightly raise your voice when communicating with passengers. On the road, the car can be called comfortable, it copes well with small and large bumps, but medium-sized potholes and protrusions with sharp edges still noticeably reverberate in the cabin.

The all-wheel drive car proved to be excellent after the recent snowfall in Moscow, it was relatively easy to break through the snow, sometimes the car drove a little, but not much, and perhaps this is due to the relatively low weight and small track of the crossover (1565 mm front and rear ). The ground clearance of 180 mm was enough to calmly go through a deep rut without scratching the bottom, and it was relatively easy to storm snow-covered parking spaces on the CX-30. The city crossover is controlled like an ordinary passenger car, it obediently responds to steering wheel deviations and follows a precisely set trajectory, and rolls in corners are very small. But, it’s true, you shouldn’t wait for that transparency and drive, as in previous generations of “three rubles”, in the CX-30, as in the case of the new Mazda 3, all the enthusiasm is stifled by electronics that control every action of the driver, which for the layman, probably for the better.

Fuel consumption in cold weather in our version of the car was around 12 liters in the city, on the highway I got at least 9 liters, which is not bad, but, of course, it differs upwards from that declared by the manufacturer. There is also a start-stop system in the car, which seems to be designed to save fuel, but I constantly turned it off (turned on with each new trip), because for some reason the car starts with a noticeable jerk, which is not very pleasant.

Prices for the new Mazda CX-30 start at 1,683,000 rubles, it will be a front-wheel drive car with a manual transmission and in the initial, but well-equipped Drive version. The average Active equipment, which the Russian representative office of the company relies on, starts at 1,937,000 rubles for front-wheel drive and automatic, the all-wheel drive version will cost 100,000 rubles more. The top-end Supreme equipment with the maximum additional equipment package costs 2,556,400 rubles in the all-wheel drive version, this is already with a metallic color, which costs 33,000 rubles.