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    The new Toyota Corolla Cross is set to make a big impact on the booming small SUV market – echoing the success of its RAV4 big brother.

    Yet there is no shortage of strong competition from across the brands, with one of the top-sellers being the Mazda CX-30. This is a spec-based comparison designed to help those researching.

    We’ve written traditional reviews on each vehicle previously, which you can find here and here.

    Dive into an extensive side-by-side analysis
    Including price, detailed specifications and features
    Mazda CX-30
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    How much?

    The Mazda CX-30 comes in Pure, Evolve, Touring, and Astina specification levels, each with more standard equipment. The Toyota Corolla Cross comes in GX, GXL, and Atmos guise.

    We’ve focused on the Mazda CX-30 Astina and Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos grades. Both come with multiple engine options, and either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

    Mazda CX-30 list prices

    • G20 Astina FWD: $41,690
    • G25 Astina FWD: $43,190, AWD: $45,190
    • X20 Astina AWD: $48,190

    Toyota Corolla Cross list prices

    • Atmos 2WD: $43,550
    • Atmos Hybrid 2WD: $46,050, AWD: $49,050

    These prices are before on-road costs


    Advertised Mazda CX-30 drive-away prices

    • G20 Astina FWD: $46,320
    • G25 Astina FWD: $47,883, AWD: $49,967
    • X20 Astina AWD: $53,713

    Advertised Toyota Corolla Cross drive-away prices

    • Atmos 2WD: $48,315
    • Atmos Hybrid 2WD: $50,916, AWD: $54,042

    These prices use a Melbourne postcode, and may vary by State.

    What do you get

    We’re honing in on what we’d consider core features here.

    On the outside they have much in common including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, powered tailgates, rain-sensing wipers, proximity smart keys, and auto-retracting and heated side mirrors.

    Both come with sunroofs, but the Corolla Cross’s is the bigger of the pair, and it also has roof rails.

    CX-30 AstinaCorolla Cross Atmos
    Wheels18-inch alloy18-inch alloy
    HeadlightsLEDLED
    SunroofRegular sizePanoramic (fixed)
    TailgatePoweredPowered
    WipersRain-sensingRain-sensing
    Proximity smart keyStandardStandard
    Side mirrorsAuto-retracting, heatedAuto-retracting, heated

    Inside both have leather seats that are heated up front, heated leather steering wheels, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 360-degree cameras, satellite-navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    The Mazda gets more speakers for its sound system (12 versus nine) and a head-up display. The Toyota counters with a Nanoe X air filter, bigger digital cluster and multimedia display, wireless phone charger, and wireless Apple CarPlay.

    CX-30 AstinaCorolla Cross Atmos
    Seat trimBlack or white leatherBlack leather
    Front seat functionsHeated, driver’s side poweredHeated, driver’s side powered
    Steering wheelHeated, leather-wrappedHeated, leather-wrapped
    Rear-view mirrorAuto-dimmingAuto-dimming
    Air-conditioningDual-zone climate controlDual-zone climate control
    Infotainment display8.8-inch screen with dial and buttons10.5-inch touchscreen
    Audio systemBose with 12 speakersJBL with nine speakers
    Wireless phone chargerNoStandard
    Camera views360-degree360-degree
    Satellite-navigationStandardStandard
    RadioAM/FM/DAB+AM/FM/DAB+
    Apple CarPlayWiredWired and wireless
    Android AutoWiredWired
    Head-up displayStandardNo

    Colours

    Mazda CX-30

    • Snowflake White Pearl
    • Sonic Silver Metallic
    • Platinum Quartz Metallic – $595
    • Polymetal Grey Metallic
    • Soul Red Crystal Metallic – $595
    • Machine Grey Metallic – $595
    • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
    • Jet Black Mica

    Toyota Corolla Cross

    • Glacier White
    • Frosted White Crystal Pearl – $575
    • Stunning Silver Metallic – $575
    • Eclipse Black Mica – $575
    • Atomic Rush Metallic (red) – $575
    • Lunar Blue Metallic – $575
    • Moondust Grey – $575
    • Jungle Khaki Pearl

    Are they safe?

    Only the Mazda carries an ANCAP rating (five stars, 2019), with the Corolla Cross having just been launched.

    Both come with most of the latest driver-assist features, as the table below shows. There are some small differences but the core functions of AEB, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping aids are fitted.

    CX-30 AstinaCorolla Cross Atmos
    ANCAP rating5 stars, 2019 date stampNA
    AirbagsSevenEight
    Parking sensorsFront and rearFront and rear
    Anchor points3 top tether, 2 ISOFIX3 top tether, 2 ISOFIX
    Autonomous emergency brakingForward and reverseForward and reverse
    Lane-keeping assistStandard with steering assistStandard with steering assist
    Adaptive cruise controlStandardStandard, with curve-speed reduction
    Blind-spot monitoringStandardStandard
    Safe Exit AssistNoStandard
    Cross-traffic alertForward and reverseRear
    Automated high-beamStandardStandard
    Traffic sign recognitionStandardStandard
    Park assistNoStandard

    Dimensions

    The Corolla Cross is slightly bigger, and has a larger boot regardless of drivetrain. Yet the Mazda is longer between the wheels and offers more ground clearance.

    CX-30 AstinaCorolla Cross Atmos
    Length4395mm4460mm
    Width1795mm1825mm
    Height1540mm1620mm
    Wheelbase2655mm2640mm
    Boot317L380L (hybrid AWD) to 436L (2WD petrol)
    Ground clearance180mm160mm

    Interiors

    The Mazda’s interior offers a genuinely premium feel, with excellent material quality (lovely leather being the highlight), a more car-like driving position, and a sporty steering wheel.

    The centre screen only works via the rotary dial and buttons on the centre tunnel rather than by touch, which takes some adjustment, but it has the better sound system.

    The Corolla Cross offers a bigger boot and an airier interior thanks to the bigger sunroof, and its centre display works by touchscreen, and while it lacks the Mazda’s head-up display offers a slicker new digital cluster.

    It’s not as upmarket in feel as the Mazda, but has typically excellent fit-and-finish and for those after a second family car looks to offer a better balance, with more cabin space as evidenced by its greater body height despite less clearance.

    What’s under the bonnet?

    Both cars are petrol-only, with automatic transmissions standard, and both front- or all-wheel drive.

    The Mazda CX-30 Astina comes with three engine options:

    • G20
      • 2.0-litre petrol
      • 114kW and 200Nm
      • Front-wheel drive
      • Six-speed automatic
    • G25
      • 2.5-litre petrol
      • 139kW and 252Nm
      • Front or all-wheel drive
      • Six-speed automatic
    • X20
      • 2.0-litre petrol mild hybrid
      • 132kW and 224Nm
      • All-wheel drive
      • Six-speed automatic

    The $1500 step up from G20 to G25 takes you from a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine to a 2.5-litre petrol with an additional 25kW and 52Nm. Both use a six-speed automatic, and FWD. The G25 can be ordered with on-demand mechanical AWD for an additional $2000.

    The flagship $3000 more expensive again X20 is billed as a mild hybrid, though it’s not really comparable to the Toyota hybrid system, and uses AWD.

    The 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘Skyactiv-X’ petrol engine has a spark-guided compression ignition system like an efficient diesel, regenerative braking to power various electrical functions, and a 24V integrated starter-generator to smooth out the stop/start.

    The Toyota Corolla Cross comes with three drivetrain options:

    • Petrol
      • 2.0-litre
      • 126kW and 202Nm
      • Front-wheel drive
      • CVT automatic
    • Hybrid FWD
      • 2.0-litre petrol hybrid
      • 146kW combined output
      • Front-wheel drive
      • e-CVT auto
    • Hybrid AWD
      • 2.0-litre petrol hybrid
      • 146kW combined output
      • All-wheel drive (separate 30kW rear motor)
      • e-CVT auto

    The entry 2.0-litre petrol engine’s power sits between the CX-30 G20 and G25 variants, and comes standard with front-wheel drive and a CVT.

    The hybrid option pairs a 112kW engine running the lean Atkinson cycle, paired to a 4.08Ah lithium-ion drive battery, an 83kW and 206Nm motor, and an e-CVT. The system power is 146kW, the peak torque is variable.

    Toyota’s electrified offering can also be had in AWD form with the addition of a 30kW rear axle drive motor, but in either case remains more fuel efficient because it uses electric power more often.

    Mazda CX-30 AstinaToyota Corolla Cross Atmos
    Description‘G20’ 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol
    Power and torque114kW and 200Nm126kW and 202Nm
    Driven wheelsFrontFront
    TransmissionSix-speed autoCVT
    Fuel economy claim6.5L/100km 91 RON6.0L/100km 91 RON
    Towing capacity1200kg750kg
    Description‘X20’ 2.0-litre 4-cyl mild hybrid2.0-litre 4-cyl parallel hybrid
    Power and torque132kW and 224Nm146kW, no peak torque
    Driven wheelsAll-wheel drive (AWD)Front or AWD
    TransmissionSix-speed autoe-CVT
    Fuel economy claim6.0L/100km 95 RON4.3 or 4.4L/100km 91 RON
    Towing capacity1200kg750kg
    Description‘G25’ 2.5-litre 4-cyl petrol
    Power and torque139kW and 252Nm
    Driven wheelsFront or AWD
    TransmissionSix-speed auto
    Fuel economy claim6.8L/100km 91 RON
    Towing capacity1200kg

    Cost of ownership

    Both manufacturers provide a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Toyota extends the driveline warranty to seven years if you keep up the service schedule.

    Both also have 12-month service intervals, but the Mazda’s are shorter at 10,000km versus 15,000km for the Toyota. Basic capped service costs are listed below, and exclude some consumables.

    Mazda

    • 12 months or 10,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)
    • 24 months or 20,000km $374 (G20), $380 (G25), $389 (X20)
    • 36 months or 30,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)
    • 48 months or 40,000km: $374 (G20), $380 (G25), $389 (X20)
    • 60 months or 50,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)

    Toyota

    • 12 months or 15,000km: $230
    • 24 months or 30,000km: $230
    • 36 months or 45,000km: $230
    • 48 months or 60,000km: $230
    • 60 months or 75,000km: $230

    Verdict

    From a practical viewpoint, the Corolla Cross looks the more flexible choice.

    There’s not a heap in it when comparing pricing and specs, but when it comes to expected running costs (servicing and fuel economy) and interior technologies the Corolla Cross stacks up better.

    However the Mazda CX-30 offers a more premium-feeling interior and a punchier petrol option, plus a more car-like road feel and design language.

    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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