Intended to excite
Mazda has become synonymous with innovation and value and has many South Africans ranting and raving about its vehicles. The newest talk of the town is the XC-30 and to say that it has me impressed would be an understatement.
I had my take at the entry-level model and after the test drive, it doesn’t actually feel like an ‘entry’ or that it’s a derivative that is budget-focused and ‘’barely scarping by’. In fact, it’s incredibly impressive for a vehicle of its price. Not to worry for the buyer with a bigger appetite, the Japanese offers two other healthily-spec’ed derivatives. Whether you want the bare Active or more kitted Dynamic or Indivudal, the CX-30 will excel as a daily family transporter, let’s find out why!
The XC30 is absolutely stunning! Noticeably cut from the Mazda cloth, the new CX-30 makes its debut in South Africa dripping with style and sauntering with sophistication. It’s eye-catching with an exceptionally designed grille that is highlighted by the signature bonnet wing and smart LED headlights. Its bold attitude is boosted with shapely curves and a strong stance thanks to the 16-inch Grey Metallic alloy wheels. I don’t know about you, but I can already hear the whistles and ooh la la’s!
What really stands out in the CX-30 is the interior- quality fabric and polished trimming are strategically scattered throughout the cabin to create a high-end feel to the touch. The dual toned seats and door cushions are both plush and stylish for a seamless blend of comfort and style. Other noticeable features include a leather wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob as well as a Head-Up Display (HUD), and Mazda garantees that you will enjoy your trips by supplementing the cabin with a generous amount of space.
These trips can only get better with the MZD Connect infotainment system. I was impressed by the commander dial in the CX-30- it is accurate and easy to operate which is an ideal option when you don’t want finger prints on the LCD. When it comes to the music system, the important number here is 8- it has an 8.8-inch display as well as 8 speakers, while the key connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity and dual USB ports. The cabin of the CX-30 is so pleasant due to the attention to detail and small but significant features can also be found throughout the vehicle such as an automatic dimming rear-view mirror, door lock, front rain-sensing wipers and auto fold mirrors. Advanced niceties include Keyless ignition, Cruise control and an Electronic Parking Brake. In terms of safety, the CX-30 has all the necessary bells and whistles as well as Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, GVC Plus and Hill Launch Assist.
To drive the CX-30 was nothing new to me- you still experience the smooth, quality drive what you would expect in any of their other vehicles. It’s equipped with a 2.0-litre engine which means it easily pushes out 121k of power and 213Nm of torque. Luckily, it only uses about 6.6-litres of fuel per 100km and the hat can be tipped towards the i-Stop technology. The drive is interactive and the steering notably responsive, which, combined with a stable stance, boosts you with great management of the vehicle and plenty of confidence. Mazda has worked relentlessly to create a dependable and trustworthy brand that South Africans can trust and rely on, and the CX-30 will only aid their reputation with its stylish looks and affordable price tags. Bravo, Mazda!
Where to find it
If the charming CX-30 has hooked your heart and you want to call it your own, visit www.mazda.co.za now!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler