MOZA CS Steering Wheel Review

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The MOZA Racing CS Steering Wheel is MOZA's entry-level wheel, but it feels far from entry-level. In this review, I'll look at the CS Steering Wheel in detail, and bring you my full review, with the goal to help you decide whether it is worth buying.

Our Verdict

8.9 / 10

Product Design




Value For Money




  • High-quality materials
  • Good input selection
  • Shifters feel good
  • Excellent quick release


  • Not a fan of rev lights
  • Non-interchangeable quick release
  • Wheel design a little plain

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The MOZA CS Steering Wheel is designed with one sole purpose: to offer a high-quality steering wheel with a low price tag. At the time of writing this review, the CS wheel was the cheapest wheel rim on offer from MOZA.

The other steering wheels from MOZA include the fantastic GS steering wheel, which I reviewed previously, and the RS steering wheel.

The GS steering wheel is designed as a Formula-style wheel, using the classic rectangular design. And the RS steering wheel is essentially the bigger brother of this CS wheel.

And quite an important factor to know while trying to understand where this wheel fits into MOZA’s growing ecosystem. Is that both the GS and R9 steering wheel cost double the amount of this CS wheel.

What is the MOZA Racing CS Steering Wheel?

I’ll discuss the cost further in this review, but it is important to know that from the beginning. Just to repeat, the CS wheel is half the price of those two wheels.

But before we get too excited about this wheel’s low price, we do need to look at all of the pros and cons to see where corners have been cut and why this wheel is so much cheaper.

Before I go any further, I just wanted to say thanks to MOZA Racing for supplying this wheel for this review. I wanted to reassure you guys that the fact that this wheel was supplied for a review doesn’t affect my opinion or this review in any way.

I will still point out any negatives that I find, with the aim of bringing you a fair and unbiased review.

Who are MOZA Racing?

MOZA Racing is a growing manufacturer of sim racing products. They burst onto the scene a year or so ago and have been releasing new products in quick succession.

They currently have a range of three wheel bases, all of which are direct drive. As well as three steering wheels and two pedal sets. That is a lot to release in just over a year! I have been speaking to MOZA and have been told that there are more new products to come in the future!

The Design of the MOZA CS Steering Wheel

So let’s jump straight into the look and feel of the CS steering wheel to see exactly what you get. And I do have to say, first impressions are excellent!

The moment you pick the wheel up, you can tell there are high-quality materials in use. The wheel is relatively weighty, especially when compared to other steering wheels in this price range. And a lot of that is due to the amount of metal used.

The face plate itself is brushed aluminium, and the rear of the body is also made of aluminium. The two rotary encoders on the wheel and the shifter mounts on the rear are also made of metal.

Push buttons

In fact, the only real plastic on this wheel is in the push buttons themselves.

If you compare this approach to other racing wheels such as the steering wheel included with the Fanatec GT DD Pro bundle, or some Thrustmaster wheels in this price range. You’ll see that a lot of those products utilise plastic heavily throughout the design. But that isn’t the case with this CS wheel from MOZA.

Handgrip material

Moving on, the outer rim of this wheel is finished in microfibre leather that feels stiff, but comfortable to hold. This isn’t genuine leather, but it feels good nonetheless. The choice of leather over Alcantara that was used on the GS steering wheel means you can easily race without gloves using the CS wheel which I appreciate.

The leather and metal frame feels incredibly tactile and sturdy, and on first inspection, the CS wheel looks and feels like a wheel that could take a good number of years worth of punishment!

It lacks a bit of character in its overall aesthetic, looking… well… a bit plain. But the design is solid and includes pretty much everything you could want from a circular wheel at this price.


Before I examine the features in depth and discuss how this wheel performs, I will touch on the price point.

So the MOZA Racing CS steering wheel costs $279 directly from MOZA Racing. Or it can be found at some other retailers for slightly more.

As I mentioned, at $279, this wheel is half the cost of the $500 GS and RS steering wheels from MOZA.

And when looking outside of the MOZA Brand, I’d put it in a similar category as the Fanatec BMW GT2 V2 steering wheel. That wheel comes in at $350, and even then, it doesn’t have the same feature set as this CS wheel.

At $279, you can pick up a complete direct-drive wheel set-up, along with the MOZA R9 wheel base and SR-P pedals, for under $900.

That may still seem pricey for a racing wheel, but for that price, you do get a very good direct drive wheel base.

MOZA CS Steering Wheel Features

With the price covered, let’s look at the features of this MOZA CS wheel in more detail.

Push Buttons

On the front of the wheel, you have 6 push buttons. As mentioned earlier, these are the only plastic items on the wheel itself, but they do appear to be the exact same push buttons that are found on the more premium GS and RS steering wheels.

The only difference is that they aren’t RGB backlit like the ones found on the GS GT wheel. But that is to be expected at this price range. The buttons themselves feel very nice to use and activate. The click itself is very positive which is important when making quick inputs during a race session!

Moza CS Wheel Buttons

As with most racing wheels, these push buttons can be programmed inside your sim of choice to control whatever in-game functions you desire. I generally have mine set to the ignition, pit limiter, DRS, and ERS if racing in a car that supports those, along with other inputs such as wipers, headlights, and push-to-talk.

There are a bunch of stickers included with the wheel, so if you don’t like the all-black look, or want an easy reminder of the function of each button, you can easily apply them.

You can see that I have applied a red “P” button to test the stickers out.

RGB Rev Indicator

Across the top of the wheel, you will see an RGB light strip. This is identical, as far as I can tell, to the one in my GS steering wheel, and that has the same positives and negatives.

The Pit House software included with this wheel allows you to customise the colour of the RGB lights and the timing. However, my biggest issue with this rev indicator remains the same: The diffused plastic over the top blurs the leading edge of the rev bar.

Moza CS Wheel RGB Rev Lights

It also adds a strange gradient to different colours if they are next to each other. For example, I like to run the F1-style rev light pattern of green, red, and blue as the RGB lights illuminate. But this creates a strange yellow and pink gradient where the red bleeds into the two adjacent colours.

This is only a very small issue, and many probably won’t agree with it. I can see MOZA using this approach as a slight point of difference compared to other brands, but I do prefer the approach of individually lit rev lights.

Rotary Encoders

Along with the six push buttons, there are also two rotary encoders. Each rotary encoder turns infinitely from left to right allowing you to increase and decrease settings in-game. They both also feature a push function so they can act as two extra push buttons.

The rotary encoders, in particular, are fantastic. They are constructed from aluminium and feel incredibly weighty to use. The click in between each activation as you turn the dial allows you to easily know how many times you’ve adjusted the encoder.

Rotary Encoders

In fact I prefer these encoders over the ones found on the more premium GS steering wheel.

Although I do have to say that when I first unboxed this wheel, one of the encoder caps had fallen off. It clicked right back on once I lined it up, but it slightly spoiled my first impression.


In addition to the buttons and encoders, there are also two analogue knobs towards the top of the wheel. These can be configured to act as up, down, left and right inputs and are very useful for navigating menus in-game.

I also configured the right knob to act as a glance left and right function for games such as F1 24 when racing in cockpit mode.

Much like the encoders, these two knobs also feature a push functionality so you can configure that as another button input. Although I don’t really use this as in-game I find myself pushing the knob in a direction when trying to push it straight down.


Flipping the wheel over reveals two magnetic shifters. These are constructed from forged carbon fibre, and both look and feel stunning. The edges are bevelled nicely, so they feel good to touch. The forged carbon fibre is just such a cool aesthetic.

CS Steering Wheel Shifter

In terms of functionality, both shifters feature a magnetic contactless activation. They feel positive to use, but are slightly lighter to pull than the shifters on the premium wheels. It feels like weaker magnets have been used, but is probably more to do with the fact that the shifters have a longer arm on them compared to the GS shifters.

Both shifters are relatively loud to use, meaning they could become annoying to those in adjoining rooms. But there are two small silencing pads included. These reduce the noise a little but not fully.

Quick Release

And then there is the unique MOZA Racing quick-release design. This is the same as the one found on the other MOZA wheels and is quite simply fantastic.

It has a contactless design, meaning no need for USB connections, and allows you to attach and detach your steering wheel incredibly quickly. You pull the quick release towards the wheel and then pull your wheel away from the wheel base. And then to re-attach it, you align the quick release and push.

Moza CS Quick Release

I can’t praise this quick release enough, as it is the best on the market at this price range. Although I would have liked the cool gold quick release included that is found on the GS wheel as that looks much nicer than the black found on this CS wheel! I do need me a little bit of bling when racing!

Also, it is worth noting that this quick release is built into the steering wheel itself and isn’t interchangeable. This means that if MOZA releases a new quick release in the future, you won’t be able to upgrade this wheel very easily. It also means you can’t use this steering wheel with any other wheel base other than those designed by MOZA.

MOZA CS Steering Wheel Performance

When I hook the CS wheel up to the rig, everything clicks into place (quite literally with the MOZA quick release!). The wheel feels good when attached to my R9 wheel base. The leather feels good in your hands and as I said, no need to wear gloves with this wheel.

All of the buttons are placed in relatively accessible locations allowing me to activate buttons without removing my hands too much. The only inputs I had to remove my hands for were the two encoders towards the bottom of the wheel. Also, I had to adjust my hand position for the two lower push buttons.

The shifters themselves feel great in the heat of a race, and you certainly won’t be double shifting or missing shifts with these.

Overall, the wheel base performs as well as it looks and is ideal as a road car, rally, drift or GT-style wheel.

Pit House Software

I’ve touched on the Pit House software in previous MOZA product reviews such as the GS steering wheel review so I won’t mention it much in this review. But head over to my GS wheel review to hear me talking about it.

The software is very good, allowing you to change a whole load of functionality, from RGB colours to force feedback detail and settings.


I did touch on this a little earlier, but the CS wheel is only compatible with MOZA wheel bases due to the quick release and Bluetooth technology. You cannot use it with any other wheel bases from other brands.

You can also not use it with consoles, as the MOZA ecosystem is currently only PC-based. So, if you’re looking for a console-compatible wheel from MOZA, you’ll have to wait a little longer. However, I have been informed that MOZA is looking at this for future product releases.

Should you buy the MOZA CS Steering Wheel?

With everything said and done, would I recommend this steering wheel, and should you consider buying it?

Well, quite simply this is a great entry-level steering wheel. The fact that the price is around half that of the more premium GS and RS wheels, while keeping this high level of build quality is impressive.

There haven’t been many corners cut; it’s just a case of some additional functionality removed. This is just a slimmed-down version of the RS steering wheel.

If you are a console sim racer or already have either of the more premium MOZA steering wheels, you don’t really have any reason to pick this wheel up.

But, if you are purchasing a completely new sim racing wheel setup, I would highly recommend this steering wheel along with the R9 wheel base.

Technical Specifications

  • Microfiber Leather Grip
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Carbon Fibre Magnetic Shifters
  • 330mm diameter
  • 6 mechanical buttons
  • 2 Joysticks
  • 2 Knobs
  • LED RGB rev light
  • In-built quick release
  • Wireless
Moza Racing CS Steering Wheel Review

Review written by Felix König

About Felix König

Felix König is a professional Esports sim racer from Seattle, WA, and is the founder and editor of Sim Race Reviews. In addition to over 10 years of professional sim racing and competing in both iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione competitions, Felix has been sharing his sim racing knowledge and expertise with other sim racers. His passion lies in sim racing, and in particular in the plethora of sim racing hardware from racing wheels to pedals and more.