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Hi all

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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Apologies this is a bit of a duplicate of my posting on the welcome forum now.

Its also become a slightly old version.

With great thanks to the sales team at my dealership I had an opportunity to change to the skyactiv-X for around under £10 a month more (not including a bump on my servicing plan and fuel - well more a return to what I was / am paying for service on the CX5) so took it.

Now a bit more of a wait but I'll be getting the machine grey Sports Tech X instead.

Many thanks to Steve67, I still think the 122 is a very nice and very smooth drive indeed and I'm really looking forward to getting mine :)

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Got my Sports Lux skyactiv X in march in black. Must say it looks nice with the plastic cladding as its not intrusive and the gloss black pieces. Done about 2500 miles now and getting 45-47 British mpg. I dont have a heavy foot and a couple of journeys a week are about 30 miles round trip to work so its get the chance to get up into 6th gear. I wouldnt say acceleration was brilliant even when pushing it but didnt buy it for that. I do miss that low grunt from the CX3 diesel i had before. this is a very nice car to look at and drive.
 
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