Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
We recommend sticking with the entry-level SE-L Lux trim on the Mazda MX-30. It provides all the infotainment and visibility aids we’ve covered, plus a haul of other goodies, including 18in wheels, a head-up display, 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 luxuries such as privacy glass, heated seats and keyless entry. The reason we think the entry-level model is best, though, is that it keeps it 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 the Kia e-Niro and Peugeot e-2008 – although, as we’ve described, those are much better cars.
One advantage of the Mazda MX-30’s small battery is it won’t take too long to charge. Getting it from 20-80% requires a stop of about half an hour using a 50kW service station charger (that’s its maximum charging rate – some EVs will charge at 100kW). A home wall box needs six hours to get it from empty to full.
The MX-30 gets the same three years or 60,000 miles warranty as a regular Mazda, but it also has an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty specifically for the batteries. Mazda as a brand did well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in joint ninth place out of 31 car manufacturers, and above the likes of Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot.
Euro NCAP awarded the Mazda MX-30 a maximum five-star rating, with a particularly impressive score for protecting adult occupants. The automatic emergency braking (AEB) system didn’t do a brilliant job of detecting and avoiding pedestrians and cyclists, though.
You get a lot of active safety kit as standard to prevent a bump, including blind-spot monitoring, a driver attention alert system, lane-keeping assistance and rear cross-traffic assistance, which applies the brakes if you’re reversing out of your drive and about to enter the path of a car.