The interior layout, fit and finish
The driving position is marvellous. There’s plenty of steering wheel adjustment and the First Edition model we tried comes with a really comfortable, powered driver’s seat with memory settings and lumbar adjustment included. The entry-level SE-L Lux trim has manual seat adjustment that includes height but it misses out on the variable lumbar support.
You get a trio of digital screens that gives the dashboard a forward-looking feel. These include digital instruments and a 7.0in climate control touchscreen, mounted just below the infotainment touchscreen. Normally we baulk at the idea of a touchscreen for frequently used controls, such as the interior temperature, but the MX-30 also has ‘proper’ buttons either side of the display, so it’s really easy to use.
These physical controls are much better to use than the Volkswagen ID.3’s touch-sensitive buttons, as is the MX-30’s 8.8in infotainment screen, which couldn’t be further from the gimmickry and inept software of the ID.3’s. Instead it’s a paragon of virtue: it’s responsive, it’s easy to find the features you need from the simple menus and it has a rotary controller, like the BMW i3’s. That means you can use the system while driving and keep your eyes on the road.
The MX-30 also whacks the ID.3 where it hurts on quality. If you still think Volkswagen builds good interiors, check out the MX-30’s. The eclectic mix of materials it uses includes recycled bottles for the door trims, cork inlays (yes, cork) for the storage trays on the centre console, and ‘vegan’ leather and recycled denim. We know that doesn’t necessarily sound like luxury, but in the flesh it looks fab and distracts from the few harder plastics that are used lower down. It’s not quite up there with the i3, but it’s not far behind.
Visibility out the front is okay, but that coupé-esque rear end and the design of the rear doors is a massive blight for rearwards vision. On the plus side, front and rear parking sensors are standard, as is a rear-view camera (a 360deg camera is standard on the GT Sport trim).
All trims come with piercing LED headlights and adaptive LED headlights are fitted to the top trim. They can remain on full beam without blinding the drivers in front.
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