The team at Goulburn Mazda are pretty pumped for their new offering, the CX-30 that was officially launched this week.
They have good reason to be excited too. First off, it's a new sub-segment for Mazda since this doesn't replace an existing model.
In terms of size, it slots in between the already-popular CX-3 and CX-5.
"This is a big deal for Mazda," says James Aubusson, manager for new vehicle sales in Goulburn.
He pointed out that Mazda are already dominating sales in the medium SUV segment, so to add a new vehicle to their range was not a decision they took lightly.
Another prominent characteristic about Mazda is that they make vehicles for people, not fleet buyers, and this really shows through.
That leads us neatly to their second reason for being excited; it is a genuinely good vehicle.
James said he can't keep sales consultant Grace Marshall out of the demonstrator, and her fellow members of the ladies league tag team for Goulburn Workers Bulldogs (whom Goulburn Mazda sponsors) agree, with some offering high praise of their own.
- "I've never owned a Mazda - but I want to. Smooth drive and sleek features" - Monique.
- "I liked the way the car drove. It was one of the nicest cars I've ever driven" - Mackenzie.
- "Sleek, smooth and sexy" - Olivia.
- "The new Mazda CX-30 is a beautiful car; convenience of a compact car, power of a big car, class of a Mazda. Love it" - Laura.
They're not wrong. A sneaky test drive around town - I was highly curious myself - was an extremely pleasant and comfortable experience. Mazda really do make excellent vehicles.
The SUV market itself is also popular, for a variety of reasons.
For instance, when engineered this well they feel and drive just like a car. When you pick the right size for you they're easy to park. And when they're also the right height for you they are easier for people with less-flexible spines to get in and out of than something that sits lower.
It gets better too. The CX-30 is genuinely safe.
Cars sent to Europe for the Euro NCAP (the equivalent of ANCAP) impact tests scored the highest adult occupancy crash test rating on record with 99 percent, beating the previous high scores of 98 percent for the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mazda 3, Volvo XC60 and Volvo V40.
That's some impressive company to be in, and it rated rather highly in the other benchmarks too, comparing extremely well with the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLB for child occupant protection, vulnerable road users and safety assist.
As a result, ANCAP were quite comfortable correlating that data with their own to give the CX-30 the full 5 Star rating to all 13 variants that are now offered here and in New Zealand.
Speaking of variants, these are made up of combinations for engine, driveline and trim level.
The trim levels are called Pure, Evolve, Touring and Astina.
All are available with a 2L engine and front-wheel drive, but the upper two have a 2.5L engine, all-wheel drive, or both available. Specifically, the Touring offers a choice of 2L and 2.5L as well as a choice of FWD and AWD, while the Astina offers 2L and 2.5L as FWD, or you can have a 2.5L AWD.
Prices (excluding on-roads) start from $29,990 for the G20 Pure, and they all come with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty as well as premium roadside assistance for the same period of time.