Competent and beautifully designed – but disappointed with one major flaw
It may rain outside, but everything is fine inside. The interior of the CX-30 is a master class in understated styling, with a chic, luxurious design and materials that wouldn’t be out of place in a premium pukka rival.
You get big, clear physical buttons for all the main controls and a separate, proper climate control panel – in this all-touch age, that matters a lot. Plus, all the clicking and clicking of the switchgear with the kind of well-oiled precision that suggests a good chunk of that R&D budget was spent on its engineering.
Another modern trend of the CX-30 is that of touchscreen entertainment systems; the CX-30s operate using a rotary control in the center, which may seem less hissy, but means you can select functions more easily on the go – and a happy byproduct is that the screen doesn’t is not constantly covered with greasy fingerprints.
In front of you is a mix of analog and virtual dials, their clear fonts and white-on-black coloring make them easy to read, and the layout is much less loaded than the over-designed displays you find in some rivals.
It’s not as spacious here as the best of these rivals, however; up front, it would be wrong to say the CX-30 feels cramped, but you feel crouched down and locked in by the car rather than perched high with a good view.
This will suit some people more than others, of course, but given that many buyers choose crossovers for their visibility, it could hurt the CX-30’s appeal.