Mazda CX-30 Vs Mazda CX-3 Comparison

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-30
Mazda CX-30

This is the new Mazda CX-3 Vs Mazda CX-30 comparison for 2020. All new for 2020 the Mazda CX-30 is yet another model to the high rise hatchbacks or SUV class. Mazda doesn’t have real 4WD or off road capable cars bar the BT-50 ute aka the basis for the ¬†Ford Ranger. The new CX-30 doesn’t change the makeup but it is an interesting model with a odd name in the scope of the current Mazda range.

The question we often consider is whether these new models are actually an SUV in a traditional sense. In all honestly these are variants of regular hatch backs with raised suspension and large wheels and tyres. Of course we will call them SUVs for comparison sakes as that is what they are marketed as but practically they are high rise hatchbacks and compromised mini-vans.

Mazda CX-3 Vs Mazda CX-30 exterior: The exterior of the new CX-30 is very elegant as it is based on the Mazda 3 with an extra rear window. Mazda have not just and simply raised the ride height on the Mazda 3 but changed the CX-30 body dimensions. In the end it is more upmarket in looks with plastic clawing to impart the impression of being more rugged. Mazda has even ‘followed’ the trend of offering few external ‘enhancements’ to denote that model grade except for the wheel and tyre profile. In comparison the CX-3 still looks like a contemporary model and as it is based on the Mazda 2 is the smaller SUV. The new CX-30 design doesn’t make the CX-3 look like a older model which is a good thing.

Mazda CX-3 Vs Mazda CX-30 interior: The interior of the CX-30 is similar yet quite different fromm the Mazda 3 or the CX-5. In fact it’s more up market in terms of materials, look and feel compared to the exisiting Mazda model range. It’s a nice very place to be in for 2020 and upmarket in terms of design with trim options. In comparison the CX-3 interior while still a nice pace to be is looking and feeling a little cheaper. That said the CX-3 is still a nice place to be but smaller and it still still better than it’s direct competitors. Overall we like the new CX-30 impressive for the price.

Mazda CX-3 Vs Mazda CX-30 engine and technology: While the exterior rand interior are bespoke to the range the engines and technology is not. The engines are fuel efficient for non-turbos yet still make lots of power for their capacity. There are lots of safety systems arguably more advanced than the older CX-3 and there is a BOSE branded speaker system which means decent sound although a little indistinct. In comparison the CX-3 still has decent engine and safety systems but it is model grade dependent.

The winner of the Mazda CX-3 Vs Mazda CX-30 is the CX-30. At recommended retail prices, there is an approx $5000 difference between the two models but the CX-30 is arguably worth it due to better refinement, size and materials. In real life shoppers would often have to decide between a mid-range CX-3 or the mid range CX-30 including on roads costs. That said the any of the CX-30 models grades are very good and certainly better than the CX-3 equivalent.

Mazda CX-3 Mazda CX-30
IL4 Cylinder Petrol
2.0 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 110Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 195Nm @ 2800RPM
IL4 Cylinder Petrol
2.0 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 114Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 200Nm @ 4000RPM
IL4 Cylinder Diesel
Turbo intercooler – DOHC
1.8 Litre (1758cc)
Claimed 85Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 195Nm @ 1600RPM
4 Cylinder petrol (91 Octane)
2.5 Litre (2488cc)
Claimed 139Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 252Nm @ 4000RPM
Kerb weight FROM 1332Kg
Towing capacity up to 1200Kg
Kerb weight 1360 Kg
Towing capacity up to 1200kg
Fuel capacity & consumption
48 litres
2.0 litre Petrol: 6.6 litres per 100km
1.8 litre Diesel: 4.7 litres per 100km
Up to 51 litres
IL4 2.0 Petrol 6.5 litres per 100km
IL4 2.5 Petrol 6.6 litres per 100km
Other specifications
6 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1550/1765
Overall length/wheelbase 4275/2570
Drive system: On demand AWD or 2WD
NCAP safety rating 5/5
6 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1540/1795
Overall length/wheelbase 4395/2655
4WD system: FWD or AWD on Demand
ANCAP Safety: 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 175mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
2020 $24,650 – $38,450 AUD
2015 $19,990 – 37,990 AUD
*Base price for model grades. There are lots of accessories and on roads to consider in the final price including weekly sales bargains.
2020 $29,990 – 43,490 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!