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2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos v Mazda CX-30 Astina specs comparison

The new Toyota Corolla Cross is set to make a big impact on the booming small SUV market – echoing the success of its RAV4 big brother.

Yet there is no shortage of strong competition from across the brands, with one of the top-sellers being the Mazda CX-30. This is a spec-based comparison designed to help those researching.

We’ve written traditional reviews on each vehicle previously, which you can find here and here.

How much?

The Mazda CX-30 comes in Pure, Evolve, Touring, and Astina specification levels, each with more standard equipment. The Toyota Corolla Cross comes in GX, GXL, and Atmos guise.

We’ve focused on the Mazda CX-30 Astina and Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos grades. Both come with multiple engine options, and either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Mazda CX-30 list prices

  • G20 Astina FWD: $41,690
  • G25 Astina FWD: $43,190, AWD: $45,190
  • X20 Astina AWD: $48,190

Toyota Corolla Cross list prices

  • Atmos 2WD: $43,550
  • Atmos Hybrid 2WD: $46,050, AWD: $49,050

These prices are before on-road costs


Advertised Mazda CX-30 drive-away prices

  • G20 Astina FWD: $46,320
  • G25 Astina FWD: $47,883, AWD: $49,967
  • X20 Astina AWD: $53,713

Advertised Toyota Corolla Cross drive-away prices

  • Atmos 2WD: $48,315
  • Atmos Hybrid 2WD: $50,916, AWD: $54,042

These prices use a Melbourne postcode, and may vary by State.

What do you get

We’re honing in on what we’d consider core features here.

On the outside they have much in common including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, powered tailgates, rain-sensing wipers, proximity smart keys, and auto-retracting and heated side mirrors.

Both come with sunroofs, but the Corolla Cross’s is the bigger of the pair, and it also has roof rails.

CX-30 Astina Corolla Cross Atmos
Wheels 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Headlights LED LED
Sunroof Regular size Panoramic
Tailgate Powered Powered
Wipers Rain-sensing Rain-sensing
Proximity smart key Standard Standard
Side mirrors Auto-retracting, heated Auto-retracting, heated

Inside both have leather seats that are heated up front, heated leather steering wheels, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 360-degree cameras, satellite-navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Mazda gets more speakers for its sound system (12 versus nine) and a head-up display. The Toyota counters with a Nanoe X air filter, bigger digital cluster and multimedia display, wireless phone charger, and wireless Apple CarPlay.

CX-30 Astina Corolla Cross Atmos
Seat trim Black or white leather Black leather
Front seat functions Heated, driver’s side powered Heated, driver’s side powered
Steering wheel Heated, leather-wrapped Heated, leather-wrapped
Rear-view mirror Auto-dimming Auto-dimming
Air-conditioning Dual-zone climate control Dual-zone climate control
Infotainment display 8.8-inch screen with dial and buttons 10.5-inch touchscreen
Audio system Bose with 12 speakers JBL with nine speakers
Wireless phone charger No Standard
Camera views 360-degree 360-degree
Satellite-navigation Standard Standard
Radio AM/FM/DAB+ AM/FM/DAB+
Apple CarPlay Wired Wired and wireless
Android Auto Wired Wired
Head-up display Standard No

Colours

Mazda CX-30

  • Snowflake White Pearl
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Platinum Quartz Metallic – $595
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic – $595
  • Machine Grey Metallic – $595
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Toyota Corolla Cross

  • Glacier White
  • Frosted White Crystal Pearl – $575
  • Stunning Silver Metallic – $575
  • Eclipse Black Mica – $575
  • Atomic Rush Metallic (red) – $575
  • Lunar Blue Metallic – $575
  • Moondust Grey – $575
  • Jungle Khaki Pearl

Are they safe?

Only the Mazda carries an ANCAP rating (five stars, 2019), with the Corolla Cross having just been launched.

Both come with most of the latest driver-assist features, as the table below shows. There are some small differences but the core functions of AEB, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping aids are fitted.

CX-30 Astina Corolla Cross Atmos
ANCAP rating 5 stars, 2019 date stamp NA
Airbags Seven Eight
Parking sensors Front and rear Front and rear
Anchor points 3 top tether, 2 ISOFIX 3 top tether, 2 ISOFIX
Autonomous emergency braking Forward and reverse Forward and reverse
Lane-keeping assist Standard with steering assist Standard with steering assist
Adaptive cruise control Standard Standard, with curve-speed reduction
Blind-spot monitoring Standard Standard
Safe Exit Assist No Standard
Cross-traffic alert Forward and reverse Rear
Automated high-beam Standard Standard
Traffic sign recognition Standard Standard
Park assist No Standard

Dimensions

The Corolla Cross is slightly bigger, and has a larger boot regardless of drivetrain. Yet the Mazda is longer between the wheels and offers more ground clearance.

CX-30 Astina Corolla Cross Atmos
Length 4395mm 4460mm
Width 1795mm 1825mm
Height 1540mm 1620mm
Wheelbase 2655mm 2640mm
Boot 317L 380L (hybrid AWD) to 436L (2WD petrol)
Ground clearance 180mm 160mm

Interiors

The Mazda’s interior offers a genuinely premium feel, with excellent material quality (lovely leather being the highlight), a more car-like driving position, and a sporty steering wheel.

The centre screen only works via the rotary dial and buttons on the centre tunnel rather than by touch, which takes some adjustment, but it has the better sound system.

The Corolla Cross offers a bigger boot and an airier interior thanks to the bigger sunroof, and its centre display works by touchscreen, and while it lacks the Mazda’s head-up display offers a slicker new digital cluster.

It’s not as upmarket in feel as the Mazda, but has typically excellent fit-and-finish and for those after a second family car looks to offer a better balance, with more cabin space as evidenced by its greater body height despite less clearance.

What’s under the bonnet?

Both cars are petrol-only, with automatic transmissions standard, and both front- or all-wheel drive.

The Mazda CX-30 Astina comes with three engine options:

  • G20
    • 2.0-litre petrol
    • 114kW and 200Nm
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Six-speed automatic
  • G25
    • 2.5-litre petrol
    • 139kW and 252Nm
    • Front or all-wheel drive
    • Six-speed automatic
  • X20
    • 2.0-litre petrol mild hybrid
    • 132kW and 224Nm
    • All-wheel drive
    • Six-speed automatic

The $1500 step up from G20 to G25 takes you from a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine to a 2.5-litre petrol with an additional 25kW and 52Nm. Both use a six-speed automatic, and FWD. The G25 can be ordered with on-demand mechanical AWD for an additional $2000.

The flagship $3000 more expensive again X20 is billed as a mild hybrid, though it’s not really comparable to the Toyota hybrid system, and uses AWD.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘Skyactiv-X’ petrol engine has a spark-guided compression ignition system like an efficient diesel, regenerative braking to power various electrical functions, and a 24V integrated starter-generator to smooth out the stop/start.

The Toyota Corolla Cross comes with three drivetrain options:

  • Petrol
    • 2.0-litre
    • 126kW and 202Nm
    • Front-wheel drive
    • CVT automatic
  • Hybrid FWD
    • 2.0-litre petrol hybrid
    • 146kW combined output
    • Front-wheel drive
    • e-CVT auto
  • Hybrid AWD
    • 2.0-litre petrol hybrid
    • 146kW combined output
    • All-wheel drive (separate 30kW rear motor)
    • e-CVT auto

The entry 2.0-litre petrol engine’s power sits between the CX-30 G20 and G25 variants, and comes standard with front-wheel drive and a CVT.

The hybrid option pairs a 112kW engine running the lean Atkinson cycle, paired to a 4.08Ah lithium-ion drive battery, an 83kW and 206Nm motor, and an e-CVT. The system power is 146kW, the peak torque is variable.

Toyota’s electrified offering can also be had in AWD form with the addition of a 30kW rear axle drive motor, but in either case remains more fuel efficient because it uses electric power more often.

Mazda CX-30 Astina Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos
Description ‘G20’ 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol 2.0-litre 4-cyl petrol
Power and torque 114kW and 200Nm 126kW and 202Nm
Driven wheels Front Front
Transmission Six-speed auto CVT
Fuel economy claim 6.5L/100km 91 RON 6.0L/100km 91 RON
Towing capacity 1200kg 750kg
Description ‘X20’ 2.0-litre 4-cyl mild hybrid 2.0-litre 4-cyl parallel hybrid
Power and torque 132kW and 224Nm 146kW, no peak torque
Driven wheels All-wheel drive (AWD) Front or AWD
Transmission Six-speed auto e-CVT
Fuel economy claim 6.0L/100km 95 RON 4.3 or 4.4L/100km 91 RON
Towing capacity 1200kg 750kg
Description ‘G25’ 2.5-litre 4-cyl petrol
Power and torque 139kW and 252Nm
Driven wheels Front or AWD
Transmission Six-speed auto
Fuel economy claim 6.8L/100km 91 RON
Towing capacity 1200kg

Cost of ownership

Both manufacturers provide a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Toyota extends the driveline warranty to seven years if you keep up the service schedule.

Both also have 12-month service intervals, but the Mazda’s are shorter at 10,000km versus 15,000km for the Toyota. Basic capped service costs are listed below, and exclude some consumables.

Mazda

  • 12 months or 10,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)
  • 24 months or 20,000km $374 (G20), $380 (G25), $389 (X20)
  • 36 months or 30,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)
  • 48 months or 40,000km: $374 (G20), $380 (G25), $389 (X20)
  • 60 months or 50,000km: $328 (G20), $334 (G25), $359 (X20)

Toyota

  • 12 months or 15,000km: $230
  • 24 months or 30,000km: $230
  • 36 months or 45,000km: $230
  • 48 months or 60,000km: $230
  • 60 months or 75,000km: $230

Verdict

From a practical viewpoint, the Corolla Cross looks the more flexible choice.

There’s not a heap in it when comparing pricing and specs, but when it comes to expected running costs (servicing and fuel economy) and interior technologies the Corolla Cross stacks up better.

However the Mazda CX-30 offers a more premium-feeling interior and a punchier petrol option, plus a more car-like road feel and design language.

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