While some drivers will still prefer the easy nature of a turbocharged petrol engine, Mazda’s upgraded e-SkyActiv X powertrain has its perks. Linear and responsive, it rewards drivers who want to use its sweet manual gearbox to enjoy its surprisingly wide power band. The CX-30 has poised handling to match it, but this is a smaller SUV with less rear passenger and boot space than some rivals, which holds it back from the best in the class.
Mazda is a manufacturer that likes to do things differently, so while virtually all of its rivals have turned to turbocharging, Mazda’s innovative SkyActiv technology shuns it. Instead, it uses clever compression-controlled spark ignition to borrow some of the best aspects of a diesel engine, with all the advantages of a high-revving petrol.
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