Mazda MX-30 long-term test: report 5

Mazda's first fully electric SUV aims to prove that less is more. Over the next few months, we'll be finding out if it succeeds...

MX-30 in winter long-term

The car Mazda MX-30 145 Sport Lux Run by Louis Shaw, social media manager

Why it’s here To prove that it's both possible and preferable to run an electric car with a smaller range in the city without compromise

Needs to be A comfortable commuter, with plenty of space for luggage and passengers, and minimal compromises compared with a combustion-engined car

Mileage 933 List price £30,545 Target Price £29,588 Price as tested £32,045 Test range 118 miles

4 December 2021 – Consistency is king

When people hear that you drive an electric car, they usually ask about the range before anything else. But while it’s all well and good knowing the maximum number of miles the car can cover between charges, consistency is also important.

MX-30 in winter warnings long-term

For example, when a colleague ran a Honda E he saw the real-world range tumble from 110 miles to 90 when cold weather set in. So, I’ll admit, I entered the winter months with some trepidation, given that my Mazda MX-30 is another electric car with a relatively small battery.

Fortunately, it has actually continued to get remarkably close to the 124 miles quoted in the brochure, come rain, shine or frost, so I now feel confident before setting off on most journeys that I’m going to make it home without a top up. That counts for a lot in my book.

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