Mazda MX-30 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:electric
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Mazda MX-30 is one of those curious concepts that’s tricky to pigeonhole – it doesn't really fit into any of the car categories we're used to talking about.

Why? Well, it has the 4.4-metre footprint of a family SUV, but take a closer look and you'll see that its styling is more like that of a coupé SUV. In other words, it sacrifices everyday practicality for a suave, tumbling rear roofline and rear-hinged back doors (those, by the way, are a throwback to the old Mazda RX-8 sports car).

The battery range is another curiosity. At just 124 miles, it’s similar to that of a small electric car such as the Honda E. Mazda says most people don’t need a long battery range, and because making big lithium-ion batteries creates a lot of CO2, the MX-30’s 35.5kWh battery is less polluting overall than the 64kWh battery of the Kia e-Niro.

If you want to travel long distances, argues Mazda, you’ll have a second car, or you’ll buy the range-extender MX-30 (due out later in 2021), which uses a small petrol engine to charge its battery while you drive along. But both those options will create more CO2, and that rather undermines the MX-30’s small-battery principle. Oh crumbs, this is getting even trickier...

So, it's probably best to think of the Mazda MX-30 as a lifestyle electric vehicle (EV) rather than a family transport solution. In short, if you don't need lots of space or a long range between charges, read on through this review, and we'll tell you what it's like to drive, how spacious it is, and how cheap it is to buy and run.

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At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? electric
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£57 / £70
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£114 / £141

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