HELP pick the winners of The Sun Motors Awards 2020 – and you could win a season pass for Silverstone.
That’s you and a friend sorted for the 2021 British Formula 1 Grand Prix, British MotoGP, BTCC, Silverstone Classic, as well as a drive experience for two and tickets for the brand new Silverstone Museum.
I know. Incredible, right?
All you have to do is vote for your favourites from two categories: Family Car of the Year and The Sun Legend Award — and you’ll be entered into our free draw for the Silverstone season pass.
The contenders for Family Car of the Year are: Ford Kuga, Kia XCeed, Range Rover Evoque, Seat Leon, Skoda Kamiq, Toyota Corolla.
The shortlist for The Sun Legend Award — celebrating iconic vehicles that have been in production for 30 years and more — is: BMW 3 Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Transit, Mazda MX-5, Mini, VW Golf.
Vote now at thesun.co.uk/motorsawards2020.
Voting closes at 12noon on September 14.
The full list of winners, including The Sun Car of the Year, best van, best electric car and Jeremy Clarkson’s People’s Car of the Year, will be published on October 4.
HERE’S my end-of-term school report on the Mazda CX-30.
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR: A-
It looks great, managing to sit higher than a hatchback without coming across as a hulking great SUV. Inside, the cabin is laid out in textbook fashion. Flashes of brown leather help to give it that studious, quality feel.
However, it’s graded down to an A- for this section because there’s only a part-digital instrument cluster and the infotainment feels a step or two behind the class-leading electronic systems in some rivals. Tsk.
ENGINE AND ECONOMY: A
Top marks for the clever Skyactiv-X engine which is a 180hp petrol motor but with the economy of a diesel. I managed to coax almost 60mpg from it.
Mazda tends to make excellent, athletic chassis and this crossover is no exception, delivering superb comfort and noise suppression on the one hand, and spirited handling on the other.
Strong dynamic performance from the CX-30, then, that would do the school proud at a county-wide sports day. Top show.
VALUE FOR MONEY: A+
Incredible mathematical work from the Mazda here. This is the top-spec CX-30 as a GT Sport, which means metallic paint is about the only cost option you can fling at the Mazda come ordering time.
With a 180hp engine and a standard kit list that includes leather upholstery, powered front seats, head-up display, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and go, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system, among much more, the Mazda exhibits an immaculate grasp of the algebraic formula: “Lots of x for not much y equals very happy punters.”
MARKETING: F. See me.
And it was all going so well . . . until the marketeers got involved.
Seriously, why confuse us with a daft name? Based on a Mazda 3 hatchback and designed to slot between the CX-3 and CX-5, you’d think it’d be called CX-4.
But a China-only Mazda is already in production under the CX-4 banner.
So they called it CX-30. Hmmm. Not to be confused with the forthcoming electric MX-30, which is just as odd.
Why MX, which has always been used for Mazda’s sports cars, like the MX-5?
Honestly, Mazda, this model-naming process has even bigger plot holes in it than a schoolboy’s attempt at a 500-word romantic novel for an English assignment.
TEACHER’S FINAL COMMENTS:
A truly great crossover, shame about the name.
on on or EMAIL [email protected]