The popularity of subcompact SUVs has led to new offerings from many automakers. While these small crossovers provide efficient transport from here and back again, none of them deliver the exquisite style and incredible driving dynamics of the 2020 Mazda CX-30. The folks at the Mazda service department near Henderson talk with a lot of customers about their CX-30s. A picture emerges of a luxurious vehicle that features plenty of cargo space and a wide array of standard features.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is a competing subcompact SUV that may be on the radar of some buyers. If you’ve been considering buying either model, read our head-to-head comparison and discover which one comes out on top.
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that powers the 2020 Mazda3. According to the Henderson area Mazda service, the 2020 Hyundai Kona’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine doesn’t compare with the CX-30. It only puts out 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona handles well, but it doesn’t hold up against the 2020 Mazda CX-30’s superior driving dynamics. The CX-30 features standard G-Vectoring Control Plus. This feature helps stabilize the vehicle when cornering by shifting weight forward and applying light braking force to the outer wheels, resulting in more traction. The Kona doesn’t offer this feature.
The CX-30 has a 2.1-inch longer wheelbase than the Kona, which translates into a smoother ride and more stability.
Off-roaders will prefer the CX-30 over the Kona. The CX-30’s available advanced all-wheel-drive system and Road Traction Assist allows drivers to negotiate the toughest terrain easily. When things get slippery, the system will send torque to the wheels to reduce tire spin and keep you from getting stuck.
The 2020 CX-30 has 6.9-inches of ground clearance, compared with 6.7-inches for the Kona. The CX-30’s higher ground clearance allows it to drive over rough terrain without stopping.
Safety is an important consideration for anyone buying a family vehicle. Both models have the types of standard safety features you’d expect from this segment, but only the Mazda CX-30 has standard whiplash-reducing headrests. If there’s a collision, the headrests move forward to protect the front-row occupants from whiplash. The 2020 Hyundai Kona has no similar system.
The Mazda CX-30 gets adaptive cruise control standard on all trim levels. If you want this feature on the Kona, you’ll have to spring for the most expensive model. The CX-30 also features LED headlights that turn to provide the driver with more visibility when turning corners. This is another feature that’s not offered in the Kona.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is a nice subcompact SUV. But when you compare it with the 2020 Mazda CX-30. It’s clearly outclassed. The CX-30 has a more powerful standard engine, more cargo space and superior driving dynamics.