Mazda continues its march upmarket with the CX-30 Turbo subcompact crossover, which will go on sale in Canada next month carrying an MSRP of $36,250.
The CX-30 Turbo builds on the model’s GT trim, adding $2,400 to its price, along with more performance under the hood: a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (shared with much of the rest of Mazda's lineup) makes as much as 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane gasoline, or a more modest 227 hp/310 lb-ft on regular fuel. The turbo motor also comes standard with the CX-30’s AWD and six-speed automatic transmission.
CX-30 Turbo’s other extras are black 18-inch wheels (replacing gunmetal rims on the GT), black side mirror housings, and larger exhaust finishers.
As before, the CX-30's entry point is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine (155 hp/150 lb-ft) which upgrades to a 2.5L non-turbo with 186 hp/186 lb-ft.
Mazda’s CX-30 Turbo price places the little crossover within spitting distance of well-known premium models. It’s more expensive than the Mini Cooper S Countryman ($35,990), and it’s only a few thousand bucks shy of the Volvo XC40 ($39,950), while the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA all start in the low $40,000 range.
While those prices get you a premium nameplate, the CX-30 Turbo is a luxury vehicle in all but name, coming with features that cost extra in those posher models. Those include a 12-speaker stereo, leather seating, adaptive/auto-levelling LED headlights, rear parking sensors, head-up display, a power tailgate, and a full suite of driver assists that includes rear collision detection with auto braking.
Mazda Canada says the CX-30 Turbo will be in showrooms across the country in January 2021.