Mazda MX-30 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:electric
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

If you’re tall and happen to find yourself in the front of an MX-30, we think you’ll be quite happy. There’s plenty of room, whether you’re long in the leg, the body or both, plus there’s the width: enough to put distance between you and your neighbouring passenger.

Storage space is also abundant. There’s a big glovebox and the usual array of cup holders and trays, including the one in the centre console that’s cork lined, which prevents keys jangling or your mobile shooting into the footwell at the hint of a corner.

That’s all good, and then we move to the rear seats, which are, well, not good. For a start, you have to get in, and this isn’t as easy as you might think. Bearing in mind this is a family-sized SUV and not a sports car, having two small, rear-hinged back doors that can only be opened when the front doors are open is a big cross in the usability box.

Once they’re open, if you’re tall, you’ll need to contort yourself through a narrow opening and onto the seat, which you’ll barely fit in. There’s little head room and even less leg room, or no leg room at all if the front seats are slid fully back. And with things being tight for two adults, asking three adults to sit back there would require acts of bravery.

On top of that, the tiny rear windows don’t open and are like portholes, so expect the onset of claustrophobia they bring about to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. So what rivals are better? Well, most of them, including the Renault Zoe, which happens to be a smaller car, as is the Peugeot e-2008, yet that will seat four adults in total quite comfortably. And the Kia e-Niro, which seats five adults easily.

The MX-30’s boot is also quite small, especially next to the other electric SUVs – again that includes the e-Niro and e-2008. It’s not much bigger than a Ford Fiesta’s and there’s no clever stuff, like a height-adjustable boot floor to make life easier. There isn’t even space under the floor for the charging cables, so they’ll be taking up room and sliding about in the main compartment. 

You can drop the 60/40-split rear seats to make extra space, although you still won’t be able to take as many bags to the tip as you would do in similar-sized rivals. The extended boot floor is at least flat, though.

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