Test drive: Mazda CX-30 offers high-tech solutions, but they come at a price

While one version of this crossover cleverly mixes aspects of diesel and petrol engine technology to provide the best of both worlds, prudent buyers are likely to stick to old-fashioned petrol power

The Mazda-CX-30 has a lot of heritage to fall back on but there’s nothing retro about what’s under the bonnet

The Mazda CX-30 is a crossover in the true sense of the word, mixing SUV styling cues with the footprint of a family hatchback. It sits between the compact CX-3 and the more spacious Mazda CX-5 SUV in the line-up in terms of pricing, starting at €29,895, and is is a little more expensive like-for-like than the equivalent Mazda3 hatchback.

Comparison with that C-segment hatch is appropriate as, once you’ve finished admiring the exterior lines ...