Comparison:Mazda CX-30 2019 (new) Vs. Volvo XC40 2022 (new)

Embarking on the quest to find the perfect SUV for your lifestyle? The Mazda CX-30 and the Volvo XC40 are two noteworthy contenders in this segment. A detailed comparison of these middle-class vehicles may help you decide which one is the perfect fit for your needs. From model information and dimensions to engine performance and off-road capabilities, let's dive in and examine the crucial parameters that distinguish these automobiles.
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When it comes to dimensions, the Volvo XC40 takes the lead in length (4425 mm), wheelbase (2702 mm), width (1863 mm), and height (1652 mm). The Mazda CX-30, however, has a slightly wider width including mirrors (2040 mm), trumping the Volvo XC40 (2034 mm). In terms of ground clearance, the Mazda CX-30 has a constant 175 mm clearance, while the Volvo XC40 offers a range of 171 mm (Recharge Pure Electric Single Core) to 205 mm (T2 Essential). Lastly, the Mazda CX-30 boasts a smaller turning circle (10.6 m) compared to the Volvo XC40's 11.8 m. In summary, the Volvo XC40 provides a larger overall size, but the Mazda CX-30 has a slight edge in maneuverability.


The Mazda CX-30 has a standard boot capacity of 430 liters, which is primarily bigger than the Volvo XC40, fluctuating between 405 liters (Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 Essential DKG) and 452 liters (Recharge Pure Electric Single Motor Essential). The Mazda CX-30 also features more boot space with rear seats folded (bottom to roof), measuring 1406 liters versus the Volvo XC40's 1309 liters. Both vehicles have five seats and five doors, and they both come with Isofix as a standard feature. Thus, the Mazda CX-30 slightly surpasses the Volvo XC40 in terms of boot space.


The Mazda CX-30 offers a uniform 6-gear configuration, while the Volvo XC40's gear range varies from 1 (Recharge Pure Electric Single Core) to 8 (T2 Essential Geartronic). The Mazda CX-30 has a consistent configuration of 4 cylinders, whereas the Volvo XC40 can have either 3 (T2 Essential) or 4 (B3 Core DKG) cylinders. Comparing top speeds, the Mazda CX-30 ranges from 182 km/h (e-SKYACTIV-G 2.0 M Hybrid AWD) to 204 km/h (e-SKYACTIV-X 2.0 M Hybrid), while the Volvo XC40 offers a range of 160 km/h (Recharge Pure Electric Single Core) to 180 km/h (T2 Essential). Power, torque, and cubic capacity also vary between the models, evidencing the diverse engine performances of both vehicles. However, when it comes to acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, the Volvo XC40 (4.9-10.9 seconds) proves to be more agile than the Mazda CX-30 (8.3-12.6 seconds).


Both the Mazda CX-30 and Volvo XC40 have comparable tank sizes, ranging from 48 to 51 liters for the Mazda and 48 to 54 liters for the Volvo. CO2 emissions and noise levels also differ between the vehicles. The Mazda CX-30 has lower noise levels, ranging from 65 to 67 dB, while the Volvo XC40 measures between 67 and 68 dB. The Volvo XC40 has a larger tire size (235/60R17) than the Mazda CX-30 (215/65R16).


The Volvo XC40 has a substantially higher empty weight (1580-2188 kg) compared to the Mazda CX-30 (1395-1546 kg), affecting the vehicles' gross permissible weight (Mazda CX-30: 1927-2070 kg; Volvo XC40: 2080-2650 kg). The Mazda CX-30 can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1300 kg, whereas the Volvo XC40's towing capacity ranges from 1500 kg (Recharge Pure Electric Single Core) to 2100 kg (B5 Ultimate Dark AWD Geartronic). The Volvo XC40 outranks the Mazda CX-30 with a 750 kg trailer capacity (no brakes) and the same maximum roof load (75 kg) for both models.


The Volvo XC40 has limited off-road information, but the available data reveals a 21.9° ramp angle, a 30.4° departure angle, and a 21.7° approach angle which gives it an edge against the Mazda CX-30 that has no available off-road information.


The Volvo XC40 offers electric vehicle (EV) capabilities, including a range of 45 to 573 km (WLTP), battery capacities from 10.7 to 82 kW, and a 500 kg battery weight. In contrast, the Mazda CX-30 does not have any EV specifications. Thus, for eco-conscious drivers, the Volvo XC40 is an excellent choice.