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Hello all, lovely to be here.

I'm awaiting next week when I'll be switching from my trusty 2017 CX5 Sports Nav 6 speed manual to a new CX-30 GT Sports Tech 6 speed Auto.

Engine Spec is the 2.0 Skyactiv-G 122 in Machine Grey.

No pics yet as its not arrived at the dealer but I'll be picking it up Wednesday.

I did a lot of naval gazing with the engine (not to mention test driving) but since my main driving has switched from lots (and lots) of motorway miles to mostly city driving under 6k a year (which down here in the south of England means 1st-2nd gear most of the time in stop / start) I wanted an auto box and the X engine, while it has more torque for the auto box, just wouldn't be worth the additional outlay. Since I don't want a sunroof I got a sweet 0% deal on a Skyactiv-G.

First new car in ~18 years as most have been 1-2 years old at the youngest, second Mazda after being a Golf man for many years.

Back soon with pics :)
 

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Welcome to the forum @Edz2k20! How was it working with your dealer given everything around Coronavirus?
Hi Wayne,

nice to be here :)

It was all strangely normal, with a few caveats, we had an appointment to go in and the chap who I was originally going to see before lockdown is still furloughed so it was a different salesman but the team at Magna Mazda Poole were all very helpful. Some 2m signage and we (I was with my wife) had to sit behind a line separating us from the desk as well as the salesman having a perspex screen between him and us. The cars we looked at were all sanitised before we got in and they didn't accompany us on the test driving.

Other than that - and the dealership being quieter - it was all strangely normal.
 

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Did try to start a new thread in the general discussion forum but maybe I'm probationary at the moment?

I was looking for some feedback.

as per my introduction I test drove both the G and X in both auto and manual boxes. I really liked all but for the traffic down here in the sunny south of England (sometimes) and for my driving needs (mostly under 40 MPH stop-start city, less than 6,000 miles a year and sometimes the odd trip further) I wanted the auto box over the (admittedly very nice and notchy) manual - nice it was but switching 1st-2nd-1st-2nd-3rd-1st-neutral doesn't really allow it the life it needs ;)

Similarly the X engine whilst it seemed a little more torque-y and - on paper having a 2 second or so faster 0-60 - wouldn't get to live in the 6k RPM range it seems to thrive in.

On the drives I took around the area the differences didn't seem to justify the rather steep price increase for the sports model I was looking at, hence I went up to the tech package for the safety and comfort rather than for the X.

Not looking to justify my choices but wanted to ask a question of UK owners of the 122 'G's, anyone's welcome to join in but I know you lucky devils in the US have the bigger 2.5 as an option denied us here!

So I'm looking to hear what those of you with a CX30 (manual or auto) have found about driving it in "normal" driving conditions. I don't want or need to drag race from the lights (or likely the only car I'd have looked at would have been the Mazda 3 sports tech skyactiv-X) but looking to see what people have experienced in longer driving. Im also curious will I even notice a difference moving from my larger, heavier CX5.

As an aside, if its useful, as part of my homework I did some looking up of the P/W and specs on my current car vs the choices we looked at (we wanted something smaller than the CX5 and didn't want a CX3 - I'm 6'3, wanted to stay with Mazda as we have a great dealer who has some good offers and could get a fairly frictionless trade in and 0%) so we looked at the Mazda 3 and CX-30:

Current car
The CX-5 has 162BHP and weighs 1499KG with a 0-60 of 10.1 seconds (Sports Nav - FWD - 6 Speed Manual)

The 'G' engines:
The Mazda 3 'G' has 120BHP and weighs 1364KG with a 0-60 of 10.1 to 10.5 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
The CX-30 'G' has 120BHP and weighs 1361KG with a 0-60 of 10.3 to 10.8 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)

For comparison - The X engines:
The Mazda 3 'X' has 177BHP and weighs 1440KG with a 0-60 of 8.2 - 8.9 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
The CX-30 'X' has 177BHP and weighs 1416KG with a 0-60 of 8.2 - 8.9 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
 

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Did try to start a new thread in the general discussion forum but maybe I'm probationary at the moment?

I was looking for some feedback.

as per my introduction I test drove both the G and X in both auto and manual boxes. I really liked all but for the traffic down here in the sunny south of England (sometimes) and for my driving needs (mostly under 40 MPH stop-start city, less than 6,000 miles a year and sometimes the odd trip further) I wanted the auto box over the (admittedly very nice and notchy) manual - nice it was but switching 1st-2nd-1st-2nd-3rd-1st-neutral doesn't really allow it the life it needs ;)

Similarly the X engine whilst it seemed a little more torque-y and - on paper having a 2 second or so faster 0-60 - wouldn't get to live in the 6k RPM range it seems to thrive in.

On the drives I took around the area the differences didn't seem to justify the rather steep price increase for the sports model I was looking at, hence I went up to the tech package for the safety and comfort rather than for the X.

Not looking to justify my choices but wanted to ask a question of UK owners of the 122 'G's, anyone's welcome to join in but I know you lucky devils in the US have the bigger 2.5 as an option denied us here!

So I'm looking to hear what those of you with a CX30 (manual or auto) have found about driving it in "normal" driving conditions. I don't want or need to drag race from the lights (or likely the only car I'd have looked at would have been the Mazda 3 sports tech skyactiv-X) but looking to see what people have experienced in longer driving. Im also curious will I even notice a difference moving from my larger, heavier CX5.

As an aside, if its useful, as part of my homework I did some looking up of the P/W and specs on my current car vs the choices we looked at (we wanted something smaller than the CX5 and didn't want a CX3 - I'm 6'3, wanted to stay with Mazda as we have a great dealer who has some good offers and could get a fairly frictionless trade in and 0%) so we looked at the Mazda 3 and CX-30:

Current car
The CX-5 has 162BHP and weighs 1499KG with a 0-60 of 10.1 seconds (Sports Nav - FWD - 6 Speed Manual)

The 'G' engines:
The Mazda 3 'G' has 120BHP and weighs 1364KG with a 0-60 of 10.1 to 10.5 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
The CX-30 'G' has 120BHP and weighs 1361KG with a 0-60 of 10.3 to 10.8 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)

For comparison - The X engines:
The Mazda 3 'X' has 177BHP and weighs 1440KG with a 0-60 of 8.2 - 8.9 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
The CX-30 'X' has 177BHP and weighs 1416KG with a 0-60 of 8.2 - 8.9 seconds (Sports Tech - FWD - Auto)
You sound the same as me/us. I'm 6'3" been with Mazda for last 4 cars. My wife drives the car 99% ..we found the X not worth the extra for us as we only do 6k miles a year. The G spec still moves when you want it to but the Cx30 is not and never will be a sports car. We've no complaints with the cx30 coming from the 2018 cx3 we found the mpg the same if not better. The cx30 is better in everyway spec , drive and comfort..
 

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Thanks Steve

Yes, its not going to be a ferrari no matter what engine goes in :) Interestingly I'm coming from the other direction of a CX5 down size wise I may miss being able to fit quite so much in the boot but it was only used very rarely to its capacity, front seating wise Im very happy with the driver position as its more salooncar than the very high level of the CX 5 or a Tourag etc. My son will bemoan the loss of USB ports in the back but its a rare occurance that we all venture out nowadays.

So really just looking for experience on long(ish - its not been out that long!) owner experiences of the UK specs, appreciate it :)
 

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Well that was an interesting day. Long story short I'm now getting the CX30 Machine Grey Skyactiv-X instead.

Less short (and mods I apologise my other thread is now a dupe in some respects) I had test driven the X auto and was a fan of the performance with that coupled to the auto box it was more sure at pulling away at congested roundabouts and up some of our less friendly hills, as I said the 6 speed manual is better but not in Southern england city traffic - my extremely helpful Sales Operative was able to bump me up to the X for less than £10 PM extra although my service plan wont now go down as much as it would have done (the CX5 is higher anyway) and fuel / insurance will obviously be higher (although I'm approaching fogeyness).

Many thanks Steve and, as I said on the other thread, appreciate the response and the 122 is a very nice drive indeed.

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Update from my dealer, they should receive around the 14th, I'm having the safeguard applied as I'm a big believer in it (we have a lot of seagulls around here and its saved my CV5 paintwork from much pain) so hopefully around the 17th July. Can't wait :)
 

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CX-5 even!
 

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Well that was an interesting day. Long story short I'm now getting the CX30 Machine Grey Skyactiv-X instead.

Less short (and mods I apologise my other thread is now a dupe in some respects) I had test driven the X auto and was a fan of the performance with that coupled to the auto box it was more sure at pulling away at congested roundabouts and up some of our less friendly hills, as I said the 6 speed manual is better but not in Southern england city traffic - my extremely helpful Sales Operative was able to bump me up to the X for less than £10 PM extra although my service plan wont now go down as much as it would have done (the CX5 is higher anyway) and fuel / insurance will obviously be higher (although I'm approaching fogeyness).

Many thanks Steve and, as I said on the other thread, appreciate the response and the 122 is a very nice drive indeed.

Ed
For driving in congested ares the auto is the smart choice. I love a manual as much as the next guy but it's a pain in the city. That's a pretty solid upgrade for only £10.
 

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Thanks yes my thinking exactly on the auto if I was chewing mike's on rolling roads the manual would be my choice all day long. On motorways in UK I think the radar cruise control and other systems like I stop will work better with an auto to say nothing of stop start stop start in queues.
 

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Lol Miles not mike's!
 

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Language query: The 0-60 figures are miles per hour though the weight is metric? You still refer to the boot rather than the hatch?

Long time since I've driven in England. 1973 American spec Volvo 142 we'd picked up in Gothenberg. LH drive so it took two of us to figure out when to pass another car. Pretty country, though.

Congratulations on your new ride.
 

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I'm a weird kind of guy ;)

Not got it yet but hoping mid week this week.

Yup mph I tend to convert internally to imperial but cut and paste the raw numbers so we can all use as we need :)

I've always said boot myself even when I had hot hatches lol

Cheers
 

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Oooo mines at the dealer but I'm in work call conference limbo!
 

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Ta not had enough time to drive it really but when I have its got a lot better poke and handling than my 2017 CX5 (UK 2l 165bhp) liking it a lot ;)
 
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