Review Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186: more power, less consumption

What is striking about the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186?

As said: you don’t actually see any of the changes on the outside. With the exception of the type plate on the tailgate, which now mentions an e ‘. It is unclear what exactly it stands for, but the fact is that the four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine has gained 6 hp and 16 Newton meters. That now brings the power to 186 hp and the torque to 240 Nm. Without the car immediately drunk.

In fact, the CX-30 has become more economical. In the manual version, WLTP consumption decreased from 5.9 to 5.7 l / 100 km (from 1: 16.9 to 1: 17.5). The difference is even greater with the automatic transmission that we drive. Without the e’tje in the type designation, the average was 7.0 l / 100 km (1: 14.3), now it should be 6.1 l / 100 km (1: 16.4). For CO2 emissions, this means a reduction from 160 g / km to 138 g / km. Nothing has changed in the hardware of the engine. There was already mild hybrid support in the form of a 24V generator, and it still is. We suspect that the Mazda whiz kids have played with the zeros and the ones and optimized the injection and combustion

What’s good about the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186?

Even after a year and a half, the Mazda CX-30 still has an attractive appearance. A smooth Janus in the favorable sense of the word. He shows that you can also be distinctive without a busy mishmash of folds, corners and lines. The organically designed interior fits in beautifully with this. It looks special, but certainly not forced, and the ergonomics are well organized. In addition, the materials and finish are far above average. Reading glasses users will appreciate the remote, no-touch multimedia display. After getting used to it, you can operate it ‘blind’ with the buttons on the tunnel console.

Especially for a suv, the Mazda CX-30 is a very pleasant steering car. The controls are not overly direct, but nice and precise. Combine this with a very limited tilt, and you have a car with which you can also wind tight turns around your finger. Because the CX-30 steers so well, you will soon be riding hard. That works fine: it sprints to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds (was 8.8 s) and intermediate sprints are also effortless. Driving firmly, we arrived at an average consumption of 6.9 l / 100 km (1: 14.5). If you mainly drive on the motorway and stick to the 100 km limit, this can drop to about 5.4 l / 100 km (1: 18.5). The Skyactiv technology thus demonstrates its relevance more convincingly than ever.

What could be better about the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186?

We wrote it before: the Mazda CX-30 is not a space miracle. Especially the legroom in the back is disappointing and the trunk (430-1406 l) is not a sluggish head. What we had not noticed before is that the chassis reacts quite violently to nasty, short bumps. The rear axle in particular is very hard damped. For example, the occupants now and then have to take strong bumps under the seat belts. The biggest flaw, however, we find the six-speed automatic. With a smooth driving style, shift moments are too clearly tangible and the cooperation with the active cruise control is far from optimal. If the distance to the vehicle in front becomes too short, the car brakes nicely, but when that driving chicane is out of the way, the box doubts whether it should downshift one or two gears. Then the engine frantically does its best to regain the set speed in record time. Civilized is different …

When will the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186 come and what does it cost?

The renewed CX-30 e-Skyactyiv X 186 is already at the dealer. With the Comfort equipment and manual six-speed gearbox, there is a price tag of 34,240 euros. The complete Luxury costs 36,790 euros with manual gearbox, for the six-speed automatic transmission you pay 2500 euros extra. We would keep that money in our pocket, because unlike the automatic transmission, the manual transmission is a pleasure. We would rather invest in the i-Active package, which includes a multitude of safety assistants, including a 360-degree camera and a rear crossing warning. The CX-30 is also available as an e-Skyactiv G with 122 hp, but given the limited price difference (for the Comfort it saves 1250 euros) we understand that 95 percent of the CX-30 buyers opt for the most powerful variant. Not only is it significantly faster, but also slightly more economical. Competitors to the CX-30 are cars such as the Volvo XC40, the Volkswagen T-Roc and the Kia XCeed.

What do I think of the Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv X 186?

Despite the recent horsepower injection, the Mazda CX-30 is not yet a power SUV. However, the extra power and increased torque are enough to counteract the ‘turbo violence’ of the competition. What I particularly fall for is the combination of the fine control and the beautiful design – from both the inside and the outside. Although I have nothing against automatic transmission, I would rather go for the excellent manual gearbox with the CX-30. That saves 2500 euros, but above all annoyance.

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