The interior layout, fit and finish
The driving position in the Mazda MX-30 is marvellous. There’s plenty of steering wheel adjustment, while electrically adjustable seats with adjustable lumbar support come with all but entry-level SE-L Lux trim.
You get three digital screens that give 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 touch-sensitive buttons in the Volkswagen ID.3, 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 responsive, and it’s easy to find the features you need from the simple menus. It also has a rotary controller, like the one you get in the BMW i3. That means you can use the system while driving and keep your eyes on the road.
It 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) from offcuts of wine stoppers for the storage trays on the centre console, and ‘vegan’ leather and repurposed denim.
We know that doesn’t necessarily sound like luxury, but 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 is certainly not far behind.
Visibility out the front is not bad, but the coupé-esque rear end and the design of the rear doors do hamper 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 Mazda MX-30 trims come with piercing LED headlights while 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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