The new Mazda CX-30 during a media test drive at One Riverside, Gadong. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Grand Motors recently announced the arrival of the Mazda CX-30 that offers a unique combination of comfort, technology and luxury in an all-new small SUV.

Its sleek design, luxury-grade comfort and dynamic performance make the CX-30 stands out from the SUV segment.

The state-of-art Japanese crossover takes on the form of the latest Mazda 3 model. It is the second-generation product on the Sky-active platform to provide top-notch performance and maximum comfort.

The new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

At a recent test drive, we had a chance to take the SUV out for a spin that kicked off from Ximply Chriz at One Riverside in Gadong.

The CX-30 is no doubt captivating in design. Its sublime beauty, minimalist aesthetics and elegance caught our attention – definitely a head-turner on the road.

Although, at first sight, the all-new CX-30 may look like the Mazda CX-3, however, the compact crossover shares the same second-generation Kodo design with the Mazda 3.

The new Mazda CX-30 during a media test drive at One Riverside Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Wearing the signature Mazda design like a beautifully custom-tailored suit, the SUV is appealing from every angle.

Mazda has nailed the balance of refinement and sportiness thanks to the sexy silhouette and sculpting on the vertical flanks that play with the lights creating a distinctive S-shaped with lights and shadow.

Moreover, the rear fenders stand proud from the inward-tapering rear cabin and the liftgate has a correspondingly narrowed arch shape.

The new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In combination, this creates an alluring and sensuously powerful rear end with a wide, dynamic stance like a sports car.

Once seated in the Mazda CX-30, the cabin makes all occupants feel at home as the seating ergonomics on the car are comfortably suited for both driver and passengers.

The premium crossover offers high-quality leather, soft-touch finishes, clear instruments and dials, as well as all the latest technology.

The dashboard has a layered design with contrasting textures and padded materials -everything you touch has an undeniable high quality feel to it.

The new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

It is further enhanced by the 8.8-inches touchscreen infotainment system that is incredibly responsive, and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and a wireless charging pad making life easier while on the move.

Furthermore, the Mazda brand is known for its exceptional comfort; when you get into one, you never want to go out. The seats are both soft and supportive.

For the driver, the high-up driving position helped see around traffic driving into and out of the road and the rear seats can accommodate four, but three fit more comfortably.

Guests having a look at the new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Nevertheless, we were perfectly comfortable during the 30-minute drive serenaded by the sensational sound quality from the 14-speaker Bose Performance Series audio package.

During our drive, the road noise outside is close to non-existent. This is due to the relocation of its audio speakers from the doors to under the dashboard, eliminating the openings in the door panels.

As for performance, the Mazda CX-30 runs on a strong 2.0 SkyActiv gasoline engine and a six-speed conventional automatic transmission producing 153 horsepower and 200Nm that delivers an enhanced driving performance, fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness.

The new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

During our journey around the bustling Gadong area, the compact crossover provides an enthusiastic acceleration combined with impressive sharp handling and agility on the road.

The car proves itself ready for action regardless of the environment. The compact crossover rides very well over any kind of road from tight curves to potholes around the Beribi area.

Both the steering and braking of the vehicle build confidence in driving due to its composed nature on the road.

Guests having a look at the new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

For safety features, it has an array of safety and driver assistance technology that include a front collision system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and a driver attention alert, among others.

Overall, the all-new Mazda CX-30 is the perfect blend practicality and premium style in one compact family package making it an easy car to drive.

The new Mazda CX-30 during its launch at Grand Motors in Beribi. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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