Review: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT – Part 3

The interior of the Mazda CX-30 GT is simply a class above. Let me walk you through it so that you can see why.

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The driver’s seat is power adjustable, heated, and has a soft leather on it. It’s comfortable for the most part though like a lot of cars, I found that I could use a bit more support for my thighs.

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There’s a mix of soft touch materials and leather on the doors along with a piano black trim that is a serious fingerprint magnet. I’ll note that you can put a water bottle in the door without any issue.

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Here you can see the switches for the various electronic overseers as well as the area for your feet to live while driving.

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The steering wheel is leather wrapped and heated. It also includes all the buttons to control the infotainment system.

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The gauge cluster is made up of two real gauges on the left and right, and a TFT screen in the middle that is customizable. It is prone to glare is certain lighting conditions, but is otherwise easily readable.

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There is an 8.8″ screen that is insanely sharp on the top of the dash. You should note that this is not a touchscreen. All functions are controlled by the HMI commander switch on the center console.

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Here’s a picture of the HMI Commander Switch at the bottom. Along with the shifter which is leather wrapped, and sport mode switch. All of it is surrounded by a piano black finish.

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There’s a small cubby in front of the shifter along with a USB port and a flip up door that hides two cupholders. Not pictured is are the HVAC controls which are easy to use as the fall to your hand nicely.

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While I was able to get my Venti Starbucks coffee into it, I had to maneuver it into the cupholder.

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The arm rest can be moved fore and aft to either allow you to have quick access to something inside of it, or to better position it for your arm.

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The storage area inside the arm rest has a USB port, an aux audio port, and a 12V outlet. Plus it can be divided to separate your stuff.

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There’s a decent sized glovebox along for the ride.

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There’s also a decent sized moonroof as well.

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The back seats will seat two adults with no problem as long as the front passengers adjust their seats. Three is asking a bit too much as the center hump that presumably has the driveshaft to the rear wheels gets in the way.

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If you don’t need to seat three people, you get this arm rest / cup holder for use by the rear passengers.

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To keep the rear passengers comfortable, there’s an HVAC vent for them.

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The cargo area has a surprising amount of room. And one thing that I liked about it was the fact that it is deep which means that you can hold more back there. One thing that my wife liked was that there is a power lift gate on the CX-30.  That’s kind of a rarity in the sub compact crossover space and is worth noting.

One note that I do have about the CX-30 is about the ease of entry and exit. One of the people that I drove home from the weekly bar night as I was the designated driver had just had a knee operation. Thus his mobility was temporarily limited. He noted that having used Ubers for the last week or so to get around, the CX-30 was a “10 out of 10” in terms of ease of entry and exit. That’s very positive praise and should be noted by anyone where ease of entry and exit is a high priority.

No squeaks or rattles were noted by yours truly during my week with the CX-30. Visibility was great all around, and noise vibration and harshness were non-issues. Overall, this interior is a winner.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the tech in the CX-30 as there’s a lot of tech on board. Stay tuned for that.

 

 

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