2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo is something we want to see in the Philippines

Updated Oct 22, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This small crossover is ready to put the ‘sport’ in ‘sports utility.’

Right on the heels of the turbocharged Mazda3, there’s another Mazda model sporting a blower under the hood. This time, it’s the CX-30 subcompact crossover.

Mazda CX-30

Even the CX-30 is getting in on the forced-induction action

The new variant shares the same 2.5L inline-4 with its award-winning sibling, generating 250 hp and 434 Nm of twist. However, the caveat is that these figures are only possible with 93 octane gasoline.

Owners who are a little tight on the budget can still get 227 hp and 420 Nm of torque on 89 octane fuel. Respectable figures nonetheless, considering the 186 hp that the regular Mazda CX-30 churns out.  

CX-30 turbo rear

Blacked-out bits emphasize how serious this CX-30 is when it comes to power

Unlike the regular Mazda3 which natively uses front-wheel-drive, the CX-30 already comes available with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel propulsion by default, so no added drivetrain options are necessary.

Only off-road programming was necessary to capitalize on the CX-30’s ground clearance. There’s little reason to expect anything more than the same 6-speed automatic transmission found on the turbocharged Mazda3.

A set of blacked-out 18-inch aluminum alloys might be the first thing you notice on the boosted CX-30. Less obvious are the gloss black accents on the external mirrors, as well as the slightly bigger tailpipes. A Turbo badge sits right across the CX-30 emblem on the liftgate.

CX-30 turbo badge

High compression plus turbocharging equals unreasonably more time spent behind the wheel

Considering that the standard CX-30’s interior is generally acclaimed, the forced-induction variant makes no changes to the cabin. An 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display offers entertainment, communications, and navigation, patched to a Bose 12-speaker audio system.

On the safety front, the turbo CX-30 still comes with a 360-degree View Monitor that projects images in high definition, as well as the Active Driving Display, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adaptive Front-Lighting System.

The standard i-Activsense safety suite has been upgraded to include Smart City Brake Support Reverse with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, while Traffic Jam Assist provides automated steering input at speeds below 64 km/h.

CX-30 MT cabin

Why can't the boosted CX-30 get the standard version's stick shift?

No pricing has been set for this new trim on the North American market, but we wager that a lot of Mazda fans would want to see this particular CX-30 cross over to our shores. We’ll just have to cross our fingers that Mazda sees it that way too.  

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Know more about Mazda CX-30 2021

Mazda CX-30

Mazda’s premium crossover lineup starts with the CX-30, which aims to strengthen the brand’s position in the highly competitive SUV segment. Following the Japanese brand’s Kodo design philosophy, it features a unique and sultry yet athletic stance. Its interiors are sleek and modern yet timeless, aligned with Mazda’s signature minimalist styling. Much of its features are similar to what the Mazda 3 has, including an extensive version of the I-ACTIVSENSE safety system. The Mazda CX-30 is currently marketed in four variants that can be had in two drivetrain options. Its base variant is the 2WD Pro followed by the SWD Sport, AWD Sport, and the AWD Signature as the top spec variant in the lineup. All are powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L gasoline engine mated to a 6-SPEED automatic transmission with sport driving mode.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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