The Mazda CX-30 is here to split the difference between the CX-3 and CX-5. It won't replace either of those models, but it could be the perfect compromise for a lot of customers, with an upmarket look and feel, strong equipment list and urban-friendly dimensions.

Think the Mazda CX-3 is a bit too small for your requirements, and the CX-5’s just a bit too big? If you answered ‘yes’, the new Mazda CX-30 2020 could be what you need in your life.

The new CX-30 is a semi-compact offering from the Japanese brand that is aimed to offer a size compromise between the CX-3 and CX-5.

It’s sized almost the same as a Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi ASX and Kia Seltos, though Mazda’s aspirations with this particular SUV seemingly stretch beyond the mainstream players into premium territory. The company is pitching higher-spec models of the new CX-30 as alternatives to luxury compact models – and that’s easy to understand, given it costs almost as much as a CX-5, but you’re not going to be getting as much metal for your money.

So, is the CX-30 premium enough to command its high-ish price? And what’s it like in all the other important ways that an SUV needs to be? I’ll walk you through all that and more in this review.

The Mazda CX-30 is not doubt going to be the right size SUV for a lot of customers out there who think the CX-3 is too small and the CX-5 too large.

More than that, though, it’s an impressive standalone compact SUV that, even if not the most practical choice, has safety and perceived plushness on its side.

For me, the pick of the range would be the mid-spec G20 Touring, which has a lot of the luxuries you’d want, a price tag that isn’t too egregious at just below $35k before on-roads, and I’d probably option the Vision Technology package as well.

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