Updated May 25 2022
In the compact SUV segment, some models are more inspiring than others. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 falls into this category because it not only catches the eye, but also provides everything we expect from a compact SUV. On paper, how does it compare to its rivals?
Learn more about the features of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 by comparing it to its direct competitor, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. On the menu: interior quality, engines and their performance, driving pleasure and style.
Mazda CX-30: A User-Friendly Cabin
First of all, the Mazda CX-30 is a well thought-out crossover that is fun to drive, agile and very well crafted. Ideal for several small families, the Mazda CX-30 interior is comfortable, user-friendly and offers comfort that allows you to drive long distances without getting tired.
In the center of the dashboard, the air conditioning controls are grouped in a compact rectangle. The steering wheel also contains several controls so that the driver doesn’t let it go while driving.
The brand’s designers have outdone themselves here, with a dashboard’s cut-out that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a premium class vehicle, especially with its 8.8-inch color touchscreen with the Mazda Connect system.
This compact SUV also offers plenty of space and legroom. In short, the 2020 CX-30 is well-stocked, especially with the features:
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- USB ports
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- And much more
In comparison, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a more conventional yet spacious interior.
Better Performance from Mazda
Meanwhile, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 GS and GT are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that boosts power to 186 horsepower (+2 compared to the Volkswagen Tiguan) and 186 lb-ft of torque. In the case of the GS model, the engine can deactivate two cylinders to reduce fuel consumption.
The Mazda CX-30 is more fuel efficient than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. Here’s how their respective fuel economy ratings compare:
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
2020 Mazda CX-30
Fuel consumption in the city
10.7 L/100 km
9.5 L/100 km
Fuel consumption on the highway
8.0 L/100 km
7.4 L/100 km
The math is simple: you’ll save more in the Japanese CX-30 SUV than in the German Tiguan. That’s also the price you pay for a larger SUV!
Skyactiv for a Controlled Ride
With advanced Skyactiv technology, the 2020 CX-30 effortlessly fulfills all your desires. To give you even more control on any road, the CX-30 can be equipped with the i-Activ all-wheel drive system, which gives the vehicle flexibility and agility on any roads throughout Quebec, Canada and the United States.
Mazda CX-30 reviews confirm the effectiveness of this system and the inspired driving of the small SUV. According to William Clavey, journalist for RPM:
“The CX-30 adopts a sporty, playful handling style,
encouraging us to explore its grip limits.”
While the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is roomy, its driving dynamics remain ordinary and its eight-speed automatic transmission is jerky. In contrast to the CX-30, reviewers like Eric LeFrançois (L’Annuel de l’automobile) describe a boring ride:
“On the road, the Tiguan’s handling lacks punch.”
2020 Mazda CX-30: More Elegant Styling
While the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is elegant with its sleek curved lines and sporty design, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is less appealing and looks more like a square transmission. Is Mazda a luxury brand? No; however, the CX-30 does offer a particularly comfortable and well-tailored interior that feels luxurious in the more upscale versions.
The Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t have any major new features for 2020; it’s virtually identical to previous versions.
All in all, Mazda’s CX-30 gives you more appetite for adventure than the 2020 Tiguan. It is:
- Better thought out
- More economical (fuel consumption and price)
- More fun to drive
In all of these factors, it easily outperforms the 2020 German. Isn’t that what often matters most when it comes to buying a new SUV?
Looking for a Mazda CX-30 dealer? Look no further: your Mazda dealer and garage in Baie-Comeau on the Côte-Nord near Pointe-Lebel and Chute-aux-Outardes has several models for you. Find your next new or used Mazda CX-30 in stock!