MAZDA

MAZDA MX-30 HATCHBACK 107kW SE-L Lux 35.5kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range124 miles

Mazda's first all-electric production vehicle, the MX-30, is predictably a Crossover. It's been conceived and created with the brand's well-renowned focus on distinctive styling, innovative technology, driver focused dynamics and class-leading interior quality.

LIFE BEGINS AT 30

Mazda enters the full-EV market with this MX-30. Jonathan Crouch reckons it offers something a little different.

Ten Second Review

Mazda's first all-electric production vehicle, the MX-30, is predictably a Crossover. It's been conceived and created with the brand's well-renowned focus on distinctive styling, innovative technology, driver focused dynamics and class-leading interior quality.

Background

Think Mazda and you think of engine technology - maybe the brand's famous rotary units or, more recently, its famed SKYACTIV-X powerplant tech. But can the company bring anything different to a full-electric powertrain? Well it's time to see because here, we're looking at its introductory EV, the MX-30, with its Zero Emissions SKACTIV-e powerplant. The MX-30 is, says Mazda, the EV for people "who don't want to sacrifice driving pleasure" when choosing an electric car. Staying true to the 'Jinbai Ittai - car and driver as one' ethos - found across Mazda's combustion engine range, it's been engineered to drive more dynamically than any other car in its segment.

Driving Experience

Mazda has chosen to give this car a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery (the same size as the one in the tiny Honda e), so you shouldn't be expecting the kind of driving range you'd get in established EV compact models like the Renault ZOE. It's just 124 miles. Still, for the urban-based folk Mazda thinks will be most attracted by this model, that may not be too much of an issue. You'll be able to eke it out easily though because instead of all the power (140hp) arriving all-at-once (as it does in most rival EVs at this price point), Mazda has engineered the torque delivery to be more linear, which makes the car easier to adjust to for those from a combustion background. The Japanese maker provides steering wheel paddles to enable driver adjustment of the brake regeneration rate - everything from very light retardation when you release the throttle to so much retardation that the car virtually stops on its own every time you come off the accelerator. The car also offers an artificial sound to indicate either acceleration or deceleration. Handling should be taut, thanks to a very rigid body structure, made possible by a bracing ring placed around the low-placed Panasonic battery pack. And to Electric G-Vectoring Control Plus (e-GVC Plus), which enhances chassis performance by using motor torque to optimise the front-rear load shift for improved stability.

Design and Build

The dimensions here are virtually identical to Mazda's CX-30 compact Crossover but this MX-30's styling is a slightly different expression of the brand's usual so-called 'Kodo' design theme, here apparently "emphasising the car's beauty as a solid mass". You'll be intrigued by the 'freestyle doors' (some unkindly call them 'suicide doors') - seen previously on Mazda models like the RX-8 - which are hinged unconventionally; the front doors open forward to an angle of 82 degrees, while the rear doors open backwards to an angle of 80 degrees. Peer in and you'll note the open spaciousness of the cabin and what is quite a stylish and driver-focused interior. Inside, the sense of space is enhanced with a floating centre console that sits independently from the dashboard, while the use of environmentally-friendly materials has been carefully matched to meticulous quality and finish. Leather is replaced by a vegan alternative. The lower console incorporates a 7-inch colour touch-screen air conditioning control panel, and (in a nod to Mazda's founding as the Toyo Kogyo Cork Company in 1920), the Mazda MX-30 features cork lined centre console trays and inner side door handles. Harvested from the bark of trees without felling, the use of cork and door trim materials that incorporate fibres from recycled plastic bottles aim to be perfectly suited to the ethos behind Mazda's first pure electric production car. The boot is 366-litres in size - or 1,171-litres with the rear seats folded. You'll get a little less than that in each case if you specify the optional Bose audio system upgrade.

Market and Model

There are four trim levels on offer. Things kick off with the base 'SE-L Lux' variant, which costs £26,045 once the available £2,500 government grant has been subtracted from the initially mildly alarming £28,545 full asking price. Next up is 'First Edition' spec, then plusher 'Sport Lux' and 'GT Sport Tech' variants, with prices topping out (after deduction of that government grant) at just under the £30,000 mark. Available with a choice of free-of-charge 'Ceramic Metallic' or 'Polymetal Grey Metallic' single colours, the 'First Edition' can also be ordered with either £950 three-tone 'Ceramic Metallic' or £1,250 three-tone 'Soul Red Crystal Metallic'. The three-tone design further marks out the MX-30's unique styling with a brilliant black roof and metallic grey upper side panels to contrast the 'Soul Red Crystal' or 'Ceramic Metallic' main body colour. Inside, the 'First Edition' variant features light grey cloth and stone leatherette upholstery combined with orange seat stitching. Standard interior equipment includes a windscreen projecting head-up display, an 8-way electric adjustable drivers' seat, a colour 7-inch TFT dial display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim accents. As you'd expect the MX-30 First Edition comes with the Mazda Connect centre-dash infotainment system, including navigation, plus 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, while the technology tally also includes Mazda Radar Cruise control and a driver's knee airbag. The latest camera-driven safety elements also feature, including 'Smart Brake Support' autonomous braking and 'Intelligent Speed Assist', which can adapt your velocity according to posted speed limits.

Cost of Ownership

The quoted 124 mile driving range puts this Mazda at a disadvantage to quite a few of its similarly-priced rivals, cars like the Kia e-Niro, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Renault ZOE. All of those models can go further on a single charge - but cost significantly more to buy. Customers ordering an MX-30 'First Edition' will qualify for a free wall box home charger, while the car is equipped with both a Type 2 mode 2 charge cable for 3-pin plug charging and a Type 2 mode 3 charge cable for AC charging via home or public charge points. Additionally, the DC socket allows for rapid charging up to 50Kw. In this charge mode a charging time of 30 to 40 minutes can deliver up to 80 per cent battery charge. We should also mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile package. If you want to extend that, you can do so via optional 'Essential', 'Elite' and 'Complete' plans. Included in the standard package is a three year paintwork warranty and 12 years of anti-perforation cover. In addition, there's a 'Mazda Accident Aftercare' scheme which sees the company liaise with your insurer after an accident, making sure that you have access to a courtesy car if you need one and ensuring that all repairs are carried out to full Mazda standards.

Summary

It'll be interesting to see if EV buyers in this segment agree that a relatively compact battery pack (which means a relatively compact range figure) is the way to go in this sector. Mazda, like Honda and MINI, thinks it is but if you disagree and want more driving range in a Mazda of this sort, the brand is currently working on a Wankel-powered REX MX-30 model to satisfy you. But that'll be a fair bit pricier - just as the competitor models in this class are that can go significantly further on a single charge, cars like the Renault ZOE and the Kia e-Niro. That may be extra range you don't really need. Plus neither of those cars are as good to drive or as well finished inside as an MX-30. So we can see the appeal here. You might too.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable speed and intermittent wipe
  • Electric front windows with one touch auto up/down

  • Electric G-Vectoring control plus
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Smart Brake Support with Turn-Across Traffic
  • Front Smart Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • E-call with GPS
  • Integrated bluetooth

  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Mazda radar cruise control) features stop and go
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Power assisted steering

  • Engine start/stop button

  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Head up Display
  • 7" TFT Colour driver instrument panel display
  • Window projected colour active driving display (head up display) with traffic sign recognition
  • Integrated Mazda navigation system
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment

  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Heated and auto power-folding door mirrors in black with integrated indicator lights

  • Type 2 for mode 2 AC charging via 3-point plug
  • Type 2 for mode 3 AC charging via home or public charge points
  • DC socket for rapid charging up to 50KW
  • Internal Combustion Engine Sound Emulator

  • AM / FM / DAB radio with 8 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black front grille

  • High beam assist
  • LED Headlights
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Climate control air conditioning

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Tonneau cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
  • Paddle shifter
  • Front and rear centre armrest
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with telescopic and tilt adjustment
  • 7-inch colour touch-screen for climate control settings
  • USB and 12V Outlet

  • 3 point ELR front seat belts x2 with pretensioners
  • 3 point ELR rear seat belts
  • Collision avoidance braking
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
  • Front side airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

  • Driver seat manual slide, recline and height adjust
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • 60/40 split fold down rear seats
  • Passenger seat manual height adjustment
  • Front and rear (x3) head restraints

  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and automatic door lock when driving
  • Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser
  • Keyless Go

  • 18" Silver metallic alloy wheels

  • Emergency tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 908
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 6.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 36
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 10-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 35.5
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 17.3
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 147
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 200
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 14.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 4.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 163
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 124

  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: SE-L Lux
  • Coin Description: 35.5kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 68
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 145
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19E
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 107
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 200
  • Engine Torque - NM: 271
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3200
  • Engine Power - BHP: 145
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2035
  • Height: 1555
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4395
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2655

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1645
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2119
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 366
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 474
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1171
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 5.3

  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Mica paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £670
  • Three tone metallic paint: £1,500
  • Special three tone metallic paint: £1,800

  • Metallic - Polymetal grey: £550
  • Metallic - Ceramic: £550

  • Mica - Jet black: £550

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Three tone metallic - Ceramic with Brilliant Black roof and Grey Metallic side panels: £1,500
  • Three tone metallic - Polymetal Grey with Brilliant Black roof and Dark Metallic side panels: £1,500
  • Special three tone metallic - Soul Red with Brilliant Black roof and Grey Metallic side panels: £1,800
  • Premium metallic - Machine grey: £670

  • Cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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