The Mazda CX-30 continues to rocket up the sales charts, claiming gold in the Small SUV segment ahead of the strong-selling MG ZS range during March.

    The CX-30 has supplanted the once best-selling Mazda 3 on the sales charts, offering a clear indication of how our market has shifted from passenger vehicles to SUVs. It’s also an impressive achievement given the new CX-30 nameplate is achieving such volume within two years of release.

    March 2022 saw 1829 CX-30s registered, with 5036 units sold year-to-date (as of March 31) for a 16.4 per cent share of the segment. Monthly and YTD figures are up 49.3 per cent and 67.1 per cent respectively.

    While it was the segment favourite in March, it’s not the most popular Small SUV so far this year.

    It trails the popular MG ZS range (5297 units YTD, +30.3 per cent). Still, the CX-30 is ahead of stalwarts such as the Honda HR-V (1554 units, -22.9 per cent), Hyundai Kona (3138 units, -19.0 per cent), Mitsubishi ASX (2878 units, -20.1 per cent), Nissan Qashqai (2 units, between model generations) and the Subaru XV (1886 units, -15.2 per cent) YTD.

    Within Mazda’s local line-up, the CX-30 is second only to the larger CX-5, which so far in 2022 has earned 8250 registrations to March 31 (+15.4 per cent). The related Mazda 3, which as recently as 2015 was a top two seller in Australia, trails its crossover-bodied sibling with 3559 units YTD (-20.0 per cent).

    The Mazda CX-30 launched in Australia during February 2020. Positioned initially as something of a semi-premium offering in the mainstream Small SUV class, rising prices across the industry and Mazda’s strong supply have no doubt helped drive sales, with some rivals like the Kia Seltos quoting wait times up to 12 months for some variants.

    Earlier this year Mazda Australia launched running changes to the CX-30 line-up, including a new 24V mild-hybrid powertrain option as well as a sporty new Touring SP variant – available with both G20 2.0-litre and G25 2.5-litre petrol engines, the latter available with both FWD and AWD.

    Pricing for the 2022 Mazda CX-30 line-up starts at $29,390 before on-road costs for the entry-level G20 Pure manual, topping out at $47,490 before on-roads for the X20 Astina M Hybrid AWD with its trick compression-ignition Skyactiv-X petrol engine.

    Have you recently taken delivery of a Mazda CX-30? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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