The Mazda name comes from Ahura Mazda, the god of harmony, intelligence and wisdom from the earliest civilisation in West Asia.

Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co Ltd, as a cork-making factory founded in Hiroshima, Japan on the 30 January 1920. In the late 1920s the company had to be saved from bankruptcy by Hiroshima Saving Bank and other business leaders in Hiroshima. In 1931, Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles with the introduction of the Mazda-Go auto rickshaw. Toyo Kogyo produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout the Second World War. The company formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that name.



Mazda CX-30

Mazda’s compact SUV, similar in size to a Citroen C4 offering a 430 litre boot is powered by a turtles 2.0 litre petrol 24v mild hybrid front wheel drive engine producing 120bhp (badged e-Skyactiv-G). Economy is a claimed 47,9 miles per gallon.  Trim lines are SE-L which comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SE-L Lux has heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, powered tailgate, smart keyless entry and a reversing camera, Sport Lux has 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights and privacy glass, GT Sport Edition and GT Sport round off the range.  Prices for the Manual car start at £1299 Advance Payment for the SE-L trim and rise up to £2799 AP for the GT Sport, Automatic cars are only in SE-L Lux at £2499 AP and Sport Lux at £2999 AP.



Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 is similar in size to other electric offerings such as the Hyundai Kona and Volkswagen ID-3, the coupe styling does compromise rear room and boot space, 366 litres. The ‘Freestyle’ rear doors (suicide doors) are accessed by opening the front doors, they are also very small, this is not a car for rear passengers. Mazda are a company that do things their own way, the MX-30 reflects this, not only with the design, which we really like inside and out, but with the size of battery fitted to the car, the 35.5kWh battery has a claimed range of only 124 miles, in the winter moths or for motorway driving this will reduce to under 100 miles. The MX-30 would make a brilliant second car for those that have access to home charging. Two trim lines, PrimeLine and Exclusive Line, all cars have an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in sat-nav, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto connectivity, while the driver has a 7.0-inch digital instrument panel and a head-up display. Driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. Executive Line adds heated part-leatherette seats with electric adjustment and a memory function for the driver, plus keyless entry. Prices are £1999 Advance Payment and £2499 AP respectively.



Mazda CX-5

For 2022, the family SUV CX-5 has received some updates, a lightly revised front end, LED headlamps and a stiffer bodyshell to improve handling, but as a result can crash into potholes. Four new trim lines;  Centre-Line has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a 10.3-inch infotainment system and wireless Android Auto / Apple CarPlay. Newground has 19-inch alloy wheels, black wing mirror covers and silver trim on the side sills, part leather seats, that are heated in the front. Exclusive Line adds a tilt-and-slide sunroof, power tailgate, heated steering wheel and keyless entry. The Driver Assistance pack usually an £800 extra (Adaptive LED Headlights, Driver Attention Alert, Rear Smart City Brake Support & 360o View Monitor) can be added to this trim for £200. The Homura is the sporty trim with black wheels and red stitching in the seats but is only avaialble on the Scheme with a manual gearbox.

The Mazda CX-5 is only available with a non-turbo 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 163bhp, the e-Skyactiv, has 24v Mild Hybrid assistance and cylinder shutoff to preserve fuel.  A six speed manual or six speed Automatic gearbox is avaialble. The engine is much lighter than a diesel unit, (135kg lighter) making it the most fun CX-5 it is also smooth, free revving and very quiet, there are mixed reports over a lack of mid range grunt and a gap where a turbo would assist so you must drive this car prior to ordering, three years is a long time to drive a car you don’t get along with. 62 miles per hour can be reached in 10.7 seconds (10.2 as an Auto). Economy is 43.5 miles per gallon as a manual or 40.9 as an automatic.

Advance Payment prices for the manual car are £2299 Centre-Line,  £2599 Newground and £2799 Exclusive Line and  £3499 Homura. To have an automatic gearbox CX-5 add £500 (Auto not an option in Homura trim)



Mazda CX-60

The CX-60 is one of the largest vehicles on the Scheme, longer, taller and wider than the seven seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The CX-60, while offering only 5 seats, has a large boot of 570 litres and seating for five adults in comfort. The sole power option to the Scheme is a Plugin Hybrid that pairs a 2.5 litre petrol engine to a 173bhp electric motor and a 17.8kWh battery for a combined power output of 323bhp and a healthy 500Nm of torque. The CX-60 also benefits from all-wheel-drive and it can sprint, 0-60 is a brisk 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. The electric only range is a claimed 39 miles but as with most PHEV’s the charging is slow, there is no fast DC charging and a full charge at 7.2kWh will take two and a half hours. The sole trim line is ‘Exclusive Line’ while the entry point it is very well appointed with 18 inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in satnav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, head-up display, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera, cruise control, power tailgate and blind spot monitoring. Two ‘packs’ can be added at £500 each The Convenience pack which adds 360 view monitor, wireless charging, 1500W AC socket, 150W AC socket, door pocket illumination, centre console storage illumination and front & rear door courtesy lamps and rear privacy glass. The Comfort pack adds 20 inch alloy wheels, door mirrors memory, electrically operated driver and front passenger seat, front seat ventilation, heated outer rear seats and a driver personalisation system. A lot of car requires a lot of money, the Advance Payment, before adding packs, is £6995.