Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
If your priority is performance, you might want to look elsewhere – the Mazda MX-30 is not a quick car. Its 0-62mph time is 9.7sec, which is pretty tepid for an electric car.
The 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, including the Kia e-Niro, is in a different league.
As for the ride, it's even better than the ID.3’s. We found it quite comforting over deep callouses and it doesn’t buck about on undulating roads, which the bouncy (and potentially nauseating) DS 3 Crossback E-Tense does.
The settled ride also helps its cornering stability. Even on bumpy roads, you can trust that it’s not going to get knocked off its line mid-bend, and the nicely judged steering is light yet accurate.
If you take the Mazda MX-30 on a motorway, the range might create some anxiety, but the noise levels 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.