Mazda MX-30 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

We recommend that you stick with the entry-level SE-L Lux trim, because it provides all the infotainment and visibility aids we’ve covered, plus a haul of other goodies that includes 18in wheels, dual-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors, auto lights and wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. You could also look at Sport-Lux, which isn’t a huge jump in price and adds a head-up display, privacy glass, heated seats and keyless entry.

The reason that we think the entry-level model is best is because it’s cheap, relative to many EV rivals. It just undercuts the cheapest Honda E and Renault Zoe, and saves you quite a few thousand pounds over rivals like the Peugeot e-2008 and Kia e-Niro – although, as we’ve described, those are much better cars. 

The MX-30 is predicted to be one of the slowest-depreciating EVs, so you can expect a bigger chunk of its list price back at the end of three years, even compared with interesting rivals like the Honda E.

If you’re a company car driver all electric cars look cheap right now, because the benefit-in-kind tax savings they offer over petrol or diesel cars are colossal. There are also huge savings to be had on the cost of electricity versus petrol or diesel, and the more miles you cover, the more you’ll claw back. 

One advantage of the MX-30’s small battery is it won’t take too long to charge. Getting it from 10-80% requires a stop of around 30mins using a 50kW service station charger (that’s its maximum charging rate, but some EVs will charge at 100kW). A home wall box needs six hours to get it from empty to full.  

Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the MX-30 yet, but Mazda is usually pretty reliable at making strong and safe cars. You get a lot of active safety kit as standard to prevent a bump, such as automatic emergency braking (including pedestrian detection), blind spot monitoring, a driver attention alert, lane-keeping assistance and rear cross-traffic assistance – this applies the brakes if you’re reversing out of your drive and about to enter the path of a car.

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Overview

The MX-30’s relatively affordable, well equipped, comes with a smart interior and a pleasing ride and handling balance. However, its battery range is terrible and its performance is tardy, but if all you need is an electric car for pottering around town that shouldn’t be a big issue. But it’s a sizable car on the outside, so it won’t be as easy to park as a city car like the Honda E, although it’s back seats are almost as impractical. So for a proper range, sparkling performance and family friendly practicality, we’d strongly suggest you spend a little bit more on the Kia e-Niro.

  • Pleasant ride and handling compromise
  • Smart interior and great infotainment system
  • Relatively cheap and well equipped
  • Pathetic range for a family-sized EV
  • Feels slow on a fast A-road or motorway
  • Stupid rear doors and poor rear-seat space

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