The subcompact crossover segment is now driving the automotive market, a position that once belonged to full-sized SUVs. There are multiple benefits to owning this type of vehicle. By using a car-based platform, crossovers avoid the downsides of an SUV, such us poor fuel economy and difficult maneuverability, while at the same time offering ample space, versatility, smooth handling and rugged styling.
In a segment as competitive as the subcompact crossover, models like the 2020 Mazda CX-30 stand out from the crowd. Shaped under the Kodo design language, this all-new Mazda uniquely blends sportiness and refinement, and it’s fun-to-drive nature makes it ideal for those drivers that seek more than versatility in a vehicle. But how does the CX-30 hold up against other solid options in the segment? Today we are putting this model face to face with the 2020 Hyundai Kona to see what each one has to offer in terms of capability, technology and space. Keep reading to learn which crossover offers the best value.
By just looking at the starting price of both models, it would seem the Hyundai Kona offers the best deal. However, the Mazda CX-30 comes standard with a stronger powertrain and more upscale features, for which you need to pay extra in the Kona.
All trims of the CX-30 are powered by a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine that produces a class-leading standard 168 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode. To help you drive with confidence in adverse road conditions, the available i-Active AWD® helps predict traction loss and sends torque to the tires that can use it best.
Inside, the Mazda CX-30 could be easily confused with an entry-level luxury car. A high-resolution 7.0-inch digital gauge display and an 8.8-inch screen are standard, together with an 8-speaker audio system and the MAZDACONNECT™ infotainment system. Other standard features include LED headlights, a remote keyless entry, and a push-button start. The Hyundai Kona, on the other hand, comes with a 3.5-inch multi-information display and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
In terms of safety, both models include a standard suite of driver-assist features that provide peace of mind on the road. The pack in the CX-30, however, is more extensive. These are the safety technologies you will find inside this Mazda: