MAZDA

MAZDA MX-30 HATCHBACK 107kW Makoto 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. Here's the updated version.

LIFE BEGINS AT 30

Mazda enters the full-EV market with this MX-30, now usefully improved. 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. Here's the updated version.

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 improved the EV drivetrain sound of this improved MX-30, but everything else is as before. The brand 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 now three trim levels on offer. Things kick off with the base 'Prime-Line' variant, which costs £28,500 once the available £1,500 government grant has been subtracted from the initially mildly alarming £30,000 full asking price. Next up is 'Exclusive-Line' spec, (around £30,500 grant-deducted) then the plushest 'Makoto' flagship variant, which costs just over £34,000 and doesn't qualify for the government grant. Standard equipment on all MX-30s includes LED headlights with daytime running lights, a reversing camera, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Intelligent Speed Assist, navigation and a head-up display. Even base 'Prime-Line' spec gives you quite a lot, with 18-inch Silver alloy wheels, black door mirrors and a black grille. This base variant is exclusively offered in a single tone paint design with a choice of five colours. Promising to be the biggest seller, the MX-30 'Exclusive-Line' features 18-inch Bright alloy wheels and sees an increase in standard equipment with the addition of power seats, lumber support adjustment and smart keyless entry. There's the option to choose a three-tone paint design too. The range-topping 'Makoto' version features three interior trim options - a light grey cloth interior trim with Stone artificial leather, or an optional dark grey and brown artificial leather interior, plus a new dark grey interior with black artificial leather. This trim features a dark brown cork console and door grips. High-grade standard equipment on the 'Makoto' MX-30 includes a front wiper de-icer and a power and tilt sunroof, while inside a heated steering wheel and 12-speaker Bose surround sound complement the standard specification.

Cost of Ownership

Technical updates to the MX-30 have improved DC charging performance by increasing the maximum power the vehicle can accept from 40kW to 50kW, which has reduced the rapid charging time by ten minutes to just 26 minutes (0-80%). The modest official 124 mile driving range hasn't changed though, and this puts this Mazda at a disadvantage to quite a few of its similarly-priced rivals, cars like the Kia Niro EV, 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. 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. 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 Niro EV. 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
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Electric front windows with one touch auto up/down
  • Front, rain-sensing wipers with adjustable sensitivity and speed

  • Front smart brake support with turn across traffic
  • Electric G-Vectoring control plus
  • Rear smart brake support
  • Rear crossing smart brake support
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Regenerative braking system (5 modes. Selected via paddle shift switches)
  • Hill hold assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Traction control system (TCS)

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

  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Power assisted steering
  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Mazda radar cruise control) features stop and go
  • Cruising Traffic Support
  • Driver attention alert system
  • 360 View Monitor
  • Power start/stop button

  • Windscreen projected colour active driving display (head up display) with traffic sign recognition/full driving informationi
  • Emergency lane keeping with blind spot assist and road keep assist
  • Front Cross Traffic Alert
  • 7" TFT Colour driver instrument panel display
  • Integrated Mazda navigation system
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator
  • Driver monitoring system

  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Heated and auto power-folding door mirrors in black with integrated indicator lights
  • Door mirrors with adjustable memory and tilt down function when in reverse

  • Internal Combustion Engine Sound Emulator

  • FM
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
  • Multimedia Commander including separate volume dial
  • Bose surround sound system with 12 Speaker, Bose center point, Bass match and audio pilot technology
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Power tilt/slide sunroof
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black front grille
  • B-pillar and C-pillar garnishes in piano black finish
  • Gloss black rear roof spoiler
  • Rear side wing doors

  • LED 3rd brake light
  • Coming/leaving home lights
  • Adaptive LED headlights with signature LED daytime running lights
  • Signature rear LED combination lights
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • High beam control
  • Auto headlight levelling

  • Climate control air conditioning operated by the central 7"touchscreen control panel

  • Chrome power button surrounf
  • Door panel trim - Cloth with vinyl leather armrest and cork inserts around inner door handle
  • Mazda heritage cork accents on the console tray and cupholder lids
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift lever
  • Steering wheel telescopic and tilt adjustment
  • Seatback pocket at rear of the front passenger seat
  • USB and 12V Outlet
  • Driver and front passenger two rear grab handles with rear coat hooks
  • Front centre storage with two cupholders with lid
  • Chrome interior trim accents with steering wheel centre bezel, surround of engine start / stop button and glove box handle
  • Driver, front passenger and two rear door pockets
  • 120v electrical power outlet
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tonneau cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders

  • Front and rear LED lighting
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Luggage compartment LED lightning

  • Seatbelt reminder audible warning for driver, passenger and rear seats
  • Front dual stage driver and single stage front passenger airbags
  • Driver central airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts x2 with pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Collision avoidance braking
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

  • Heated front seats with 3 stage setting
  • 60/40 split fold down rear seats
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Front passenger seat manual slide, recline and height adjust
  • Driver’s seat, power tilt, slide, recline, height and lumbar adjustment with memory linked to head-up display and driver side mirror
  • Two front and three rear height-adjustable head restraints

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

  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors and driver's ticket holder

  • DC socket for rapid charging up to 40KW
  • Type 2 for mode 2 AC charging via 3-point plug
  • Type 2 for mode 3 AC charging via home or public charge points
  • 150W standard UK 3-pin plug socket
  • 11 Kw triphase onboard charger

  • 18" Bright 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): 545
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 2.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 20-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 6.6
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-100
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 35.5
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 265
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 200
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 14.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 17.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 4.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.5
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 165
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 124
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear

  • 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: Makoto
  • Coin Description: 35.5kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 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: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • 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
  • Top Speed: 87

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • 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): 332
  • 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): 1137
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 5.3

  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two Tone Metallic paint: £1,500
  • Premium metallic paint: £670
  • Three tone metallic paint: £1,500
  • Special two tone metallic paint: £1,800

  • Special Cloth/leatherette upholstery: £200
  • Cloth/leatherette upholstery: Included

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

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Machine grey: £670
  • Special two tone metallic - Soul red crystal with blackside panels and roof: £1,800
  • Three tone metallic - Ceramic white with black roof and dark grey side panels: £1,500

  • Two tone metallic - Jet black with silver side panels: £1,500
  • Two tone metallic - Zircon sand with black side panels and roof: £1,500

  • Cloth/leatherette - Light grey/Stone: £0
  • Cloth/leatherette - Grey/Black: £200
  • Cloth and leatherette - Grey/Brown: £200

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