250 hp for subcompact crossover
Do AWD, lightweight, turbo, make this a hot hatch?
That Mazdaspeed 3 you’ve been asking for since that hot hatchback disappeared in 2013? It’s here. Sort of. It’s the turbocharged Mazda CX-30, and it’s the closest thing you’re going to get to a new hot hatch these days.
We hear your cries already, but a look at the specs shows that the new 2.5T CX-30 could be the actual spiritual successor to the Mazdaspeed3. Is it a hatch? Yes, just one that’s about four inches taller than before. It’s a little bit shorter than the Speed3, and even with the addition of all-wheel drive, the CX-30 turbo is only a couple of dozen kilos heavier than the Mazdaspeed3. It’s also a lot more stylish.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo takes a page from the classic hot-hatch and sleeper playbook. Take one engine from your biggest model, here the CX-9 three-row crossover, and put it in your (second) smallest vehicle, the CX-30. 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque are on tap on regular gas, or if you can find 93-octane you can get 250 hp and 320 lb-ft.
The Turbo gets all-wheel drive as standard, and though Mazda hasn’t fully detailed the trim level that comes with the motor, it looks to be loaded. Turbo cars will get black alloys, larger tailpipes, and a turbo badge, as well as a 12-speaker Bose audio system with 8.8-inch center display and a full load of active safety gear including active driving display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive lights. We’d expect a bit more starch in the suspension for the Turbo, but really the CX-30 is an excellent handling little crossover, so it might not need it.
The 2021 CX-30 Turbo will go on sale early next year, with pricing to be announced.