Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
If your priority is performance, you might want to look elsewhere. This is not a quick car – 0-62mph takes 9.7sec. That’s pretty tepid for an electric car, unless it’s a city car like the Honda E. And the MX-30’s pace is fine for city driving, but, out on faster roads, it makes heavy work of overtaking at speeds above 40mph. By comparison, the dizzying pace of some EVs, like the Kia e-Niro, puts them in a different league.
At the other end of the performance equation is how far EVs can travel, and, by the standards of the competition, ‘not very’ is the answer for the MX-30. In fact, it has the shortest battery range of pretty much any electric car currently on sale, bar the Smart ForTwo EQ. Officially it’s paltry 124 miles on a full charge is surpassed by city or town cars that include the Honda E, Mini Electric, Renault Zoe and Seat Mii, and smaller SUVs including the Peugeot e-2008. The similarly sized e-Niro’s 282 miles completely obliterates it.
Fortunately, that’s largely where any criticism of how it drives ends. In almost every other respect, the MX-30 drives really well. We say almost, because the brake pedal isn’t as progressive as the Volkswagen ID.3’s, but neither is it so binary that it’s hard to stop smoothly, like the e-2008 is. And besides, you can opt to use the brake pedal less frequently by hiking up the regenerative effect of the motor, so the car will slow pretty quickly just by you lifting off the accelerator.
The ride is much better than the ID.3’s. It’s quite comforting over deep callouses and it doesn’t buck about on undulating roads, like the bouncy and potentially nauseating DS 3 Crossback E-Tense.
Being so settled also helps its cornering stability. Even on bumpy roads you can trust that it’s not going to get jinked off its line mid-bend, and the nicely judged steering is light yet accurate and easy to gauge.
If you take it on the motorway the range might create some anxiety but the noise level won’t. It’s quiet, with decently subdued suspension, wind and tyre noise; there’s just the reasonably pleasant murmur of its fake engine note when you put your foot down.
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